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Millwall Docks 1950s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


A ‘Stan' boat in the Millwall Docks in the 1950s. Millwall Granary in the background, and McDougalls Mill in the distance (not visible on this print). His ship, The Bahristan, 5,478 tonnage, built by J. Readhead & Son, South Shields, in 1928, owned by the Strck Line (1923) Ltd. As there were several ships with names ending in ‘stan, they were known locally as ‘ The Stan Line Boats'. These ships traded to the Persian Gulf, bringing in cargoes of dates , figs, mother of pearl, sheepskins, carpets iron ore and grain. They were re-loaded by the stevedoring firm of T. F. Maltby, and took on cement, electrical machinery and pipeline equipment. New and Larger ‘Stan' boats were operating out of the Millwall Docks in the 1960s, taking cargoes of consumer goods - furniture, clothes, toiletries, cars, beer and spirits for European workers in the Gulf, drums of refined oil, as well as cement, and machinery for construction. The Strick LIne was absorbed by the P&O group of companies in 1972. by George Warren