My friend Alan sent me this link to a site full of information about the River Thames and London’s docks. It contains plenty of history – text, photos and even videos.


“You showed me nutmegs and nutmeg husks,

Ostrich feathers and elephant tusks,

Hundreds of tons of costly tea

Packed in wood by the Cingalee

And a myriad drugs which disagree

Cinnamon, myrrh, and mace you showed

Golden paradise birds that glowed,

More cigars than a man can count

And a billion cloves in an odorous mount”

The poet John Masefield, after a visit to the Cutler Street Warehouses


Landing tapioca at Butler’s Wharf, c. 1910.