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The 19th-century port, Tea trade and the East India Docks

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The East Indiaman Repulse (1820) in the East India Dock Basin.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: PY0536
Description: The docks of London had extensive basins at high tide. A basin allowed large numbers of ships to gather together to avoid the delay of going through locks. Dock basins are large docks in which the water is kept at a constant height by lock-gates, and which allow a large number of ships to be loaded and unloaded at all stages of the tide.
Creator: Charles Henry Seaforth (artist, engraver & publisher)
Date: 20 October 1842
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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