The Docks

There are six main groups of docks situated alongside the river below the bridges and covering a distance of 26 miles. Each of course has its own special clientele —and its own particular aroma of, for example, tobacco, spices, fruit, timber. The London and St. Katharine docks lie on the north side of the river just below Tower Bridge: only relatively small boats come into them, most of their intake arriving by barge after trans-shipment. On the south bank of the river are the Surrey Commercial Docks, almost entirely concerned with handling timber. Then on the north side are the India and Millwall Docks-fresh fruit and grain being their principal concern. Lower down river are the huge Royal Albert and Royal Victoria Docks handling frozen meat, bananas and tobacco. Adjoining the Royal Albert Dock is the King George V dock with 65 acres of water area and 3 miles of quays. With a combined water area of 237 acres and 11 miles of quayage these three are among the largest impounded water docks in the world. Finally at Tilbury are docks especially designed for large ships for whom the tortuous navigation of the Thames might be a hindrance. In 1965 two deep-water berths were completed at a cost of six million pounds. Altogether it is estimated that with New York and Rotterdam the Port of London is one of the largest in the world.

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