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Thames Watermen

Thames watermen provided a vital service in transporting passengers to their places of work and leisure, or simply carrying them across to the other riverbank
The Customs Service

The English customs system, taxing goods imported and exported through the ports, was created in the Middle Ages as a way of generating revenue for the Treasury
The Royal Hospital for Seamen, Greenwich: 'A Refuge for All'

The foundation of the Greenwich Hospital and the Greenwich Royal Hospital School
Training ships on the River Thames

Preparing boys for a life at sea
Lifesaving on the Thames

Over the last 300 years, the Thames has played a significant part in the story of lifesaving at sea
The East India Company

'The most illustrious and most flourishing commercial association that ever existed in any age or country'.
London and the transatlantic slave trade

London played a central role in Britain's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade
Coffee houses in London

The origins of the Stock Exchange and Lloyd's Insurance
The London whaling trade

For many years, London played a leading role in this notorious trade
Many hands: Trades of the Port of London, 1850-1980

Find out what it was like to work in the Port of London
Thames Ironworks

Building for London and the world
Trinity House

Showing the way
Flour milling and the port

From windmills to giant mills in the docks
Powering the City

Gas and electricity generation on the Thames
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Greenwich slavery trail Greenwich slavery trail
Follow the online slavery trail around Maritime Greenwich
International Exports
Goods from all over the world were sent to London
 International Exports
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HMS 'Thunderer'HMS 'Thunderer'
The last ship to be constructed at the Thames Ironworks, Blackwall.The Royal ArsenalThe Royal Arsenal
A government munitions factoryVisit a gallery
Women workers in the sugar industry
Tate and Lyle were important employers in Silvertown, and many women worked at their sugar refineriesUniforms of the Port of London
A selection of uniforms that would have been visible on the streets of maritime LondonThe Lords of the Ocean: Ships of the East India Company
The East India Company's ships were the most magnificent vessels of their eraConcorde's last journey
On 12 April 2004, thousands came to watch Concorde's last appearance in LondonIntrument makers on the Thames
The port became the centre of an enormous range of trades related to seafaring including instrument makers specialising in navigational equipment.
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