Port of London
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Port of London
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The Thames is preparing to become the UK's largest port by volume. Is it London's greatest liquid asset?
Charting the Thames - a Port of London Authority Film
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Port of London Authority Hydrographer John Pinder talks about hydrographic surveying and chart production for the River Thames
Port of London Aquatic Sports (1925)
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This Topical Budget newsreel was shot in the Surrey Commercial Docks. Dockworkers, their families and friends can be seen relaxing and participating in various events, including swimming, water polo and high diving. The main trade of these docks is much in evidence in the open-ended timber storage sheds, the floating baulks used as pontoons and the wooden diving tower. Established in 1909, the Port of London Authority continued with the swimming galas organised by its predecessor dock companies in the late 19th century. All dock policemen had to be able swimmers and established staff were expected to gain their swimming certificate. (Chris Ellmers)

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Port of London Authority
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Former Minister for Shipping Mike Penning made a fact finding visit to the Port of London Authority's Port Control Centre at Gravesend.

Transcript: http://www.dft.gov.uk/press/aroundtheweb/videos/pla
Port Of london teaching the names of the docks.wmv
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Thames Flight - a Port of London Authority Film
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A bird's eye view of the Port of London and River Thames
The Great Liners. The Great Port of London - Episode 11
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There will be many people who remember the River Thames as it once was the highway to the world's busiest seaport

This latest video in The Great Liners series turns back the clock to a time where giant warehouses stood on what is now office blocks and luxury apartments. And for those who are too young to remember those days, the video provides a fascinating and entertaining insight into the Port of London when it was the nation's larder.

The video, entitled The Great Port of London, goes back to the time when London's docklands stretched for 11 miles along the Thames.

Much rare archive material has been used to bring back the days when 60,000 ships used the port every year

and thousands of people worked with 1,500 turning cranes to load and unload cargoes of every description to and from every corner of the world. Ships in the countless quays bore funnel livery marking them out as P&O or BI or Blue Star, Union Castle, Shaw Savill, Cunard, Ellerman Lines and many more.

Somehow this video manages to bring back all those long lost scenes. You can almost smell the fusion of malty cargo and industrial smells so uniquely characteristic of that London dockland scene. The video, which runs for 60 minutes, is something that will be selected from the video cabinet for viewing time and time again. Never before have so many ships appeared in one video - absolute magic.
The work of a Pilot on the tidal Thames - a Port of London Authority Film
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Port of London Authority Pilot Jon Stafford talks about his work and the challenges of guiding large ships safely into and out of the Port of London.
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