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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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Photographic copies can be obtained from Tower Hamlets Local Studies and Archives (there is a charge for this service) or a maximum of 5 digital copies can be emailed to you. If you would like to use the images for publication or display please contact us at



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Island History Trust Image Collection


1953. Royal River Pageant on the Thames near Tower Bridge Gaselee & Sons motor tugs “Wasp” and “Sauria” towing the Port of London Authority Exhibition s.s.Gothic in the pageant, followed by motor tug “Mamba”. All three tugs were built by Cochrane’s of Selby, the Mamba in 1935 and the other two soon afterwards. Gaselee & Sons moorings were just off Morton’s factory in Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs. Donated by Ron Waters