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The Dockland Revolution

Created: 07.07.11

The British Empire was built on trade, and British ships were the couriers of that trade. Two centuries ago, London and Liverpool not only shipped British goods out to the world but also received incoming goods from all around it. International transport had many problems. Even if a ship survived its treacherous journey, there was no guarantee that its cargo would make it through the docks unmolested. Porters were notoriously light-fingered – but they would not get away with it forever...

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