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The 19th-century port

Millwall Docks and the Royal Albert Dock

Millwall Docks

General view of the new docks at Millwall.
View full size imageOpening of the Millwall Docks. © NMM

The increase in trade in the late 19th century led to more improvements to the port. The Millwall Docks on the Isle of Dogs opened in 1868.

The owners hoped to rent the quayside sites to industrial firms.

View full size imageThe Ponape at Millwall Docks. © NMM
But eventually they were forced to rely on the traditional business of importing produce, chiefly grain and timber, from the Baltic.

The Finnish barque Ponape (1903) was typical of the hundreds of sailing ships carrying Baltic grain and timber to the Millwall Docks.