The Port

  • John Lovell


The Port as it stood in 1850 had not changed in essentials since the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Trade, it is true, had greatly increased in this period, and the tonnage entered in the foreign trade had in fact more than doubled.1 There had, however, been no major changes in the facilities provided for the reception of this trade since 1828, and thus congestion in the river remained a feature of the port.2 Sail continued to predominate as the motive power for shipping, while mechanical handling of cargoes was virtually unknown. Although railways had reached the riverside at Blackwall, Greenwich and North Woolwich, they had not yet affected the working of the port.3 In short, the port of London in 1850 had not entered upon the modern age.


Quay Crane Mechanical Handling North Bank General Cargo Dock System 
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© J. C. Lovell 1969

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  • John Lovell
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KentCanterburyUK

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