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Digital Gallery Images

The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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West India Docks

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Island History Trust Image Collection


A ship of the Strick Ellerman Line in West India Docks, c.1953. Tom Waters and his gang of stevedores; note top right, deck cargo, which was usually inflammable, and not allowed in the holds, can be seen here lashed down ready for sailing. The stevedores “hooks” are visible in their belts. Left to right: Jim Fairbairns junior; -, Tom Waters; Jim Fairbairns senior; not known, not known; - Evans; Frank -; not known. In foreground with back to camera: Albert Siggin. Photo from Ron Waters