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.