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London's docks: past and present

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The West India Docks and Blackwall Basin.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H0832
Description: An aerial view across the West India Docks towards Blackwall Basin, the original non-tidal entrance to the docks. Beyond the basin, Brunswick Power Station can be seen. The latter was built in 1952-6 on the site of the East India Export Dock, which was badly damaged by bombing during the Second World War. To the right of the picture, the entrance lock from Blackwall Reach to the South Dock is clearly visible. In 1926, this dock (formerly the City Canal) was connected to the two northern import and export docks and to the adjacent Millwall Docks. Finally, in the far distance beyond Blackwall Point, lies the Victoria Dock, first of the mighty Royal Docks complex. At this time the 'Royals' formed the largest area of impounded water in the world.
Creator: Unknown
Date: c.1956
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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