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Dunbar Wharf, Limehouse, London a002456

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Filename: aa002456.jpg

Size: 5100 x 3700 (6.8MB)

Date: 3rd December 2009

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Dunbar Wharf, Limehouse, London a002456

DUNBAR WHARF, Narrow Street, Limehouse, London. This Thames-side wharf was built in the early 19th century for Duncan Dunbar & Sons. Lighters with cargo are moored against the wharf, and cranes raise goods to the warehouse doorways above. Photographed by S. W. Rawlings. Date range: 1945-1965

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This evocative photograph captures the bustling activity at Dunbar Wharf in Limehouse, London, during the mid-20th century. The image, taken by renowned photographer S.W. Rawlings, transports us back in time to an era of industrial prowess and maritime commerce along the Thames. Dunbar Wharf, located on Narrow Street, was built in the early 19th century for Duncan Dunbar & Sons. The wharf's name is synonymous with the rich maritime history of Limehouse, which thrived on the import and export of various goods through the River Thames. In the photograph, we see a collection of lighters, traditional flat-bottomed barges used for transporting cargo, moored against the wharf. The cranes, raised high above the warehouse doorways, are a testament to the physical labor and engineering ingenuity required to move goods between the boats and the warehouses. The intricate network of ropes and pulleys, used to lift the cargo, adds to the intrigue and complexity of the scene. The hustle and bustle of the wharf is palpable, with workers in their distinctive uniforms moving purposefully between the boats and warehouses. The atmosphere is one of industry and productivity, as the goods are unloaded from the lighters and transported to their final destinations. Despite the passage of time, this photograph offers a glimpse into the past, showcasing the vital role that the Thames and its wharfs played in London's industrial and maritime history. The image is a testament to the enduring allure of the River Thames and its rich, multifaceted past.

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