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Some account of the

and of the rise and progress of the
commercial Navy of Great Britain. 1834

SOURCE: The Saturday Magazine, No. 117. Supplement, April, 1834

The scene on the river extends for a space of more than four miles, comprising what are called the Upper, Middle, and Lower Pools, and a portion of Limehouse Reach. These divisions are generally crowded with shipping; the Middle and Lower Pools being principally devoted to the coal trade. Both banks of the river, as far as the termination of the Lower Pool, exhibit one continued range of warehouses, and other buildings appropriated to commercial purposes; but the chief seat of business lies on the northern side. The most interesting objects on that side, are the immense pile of the Custom House; the Tower, associated with so much that is memorable in British history; and the principal Docks and Building-yards. On the southern side, at Rotherhithe, are situated most of the granaries for the supply of the vast population of the metropolis, one of which, belonging to Messrs. Scott & Co., from its immense magnitude, forms a very conspicuous object, and is called on the river "the granary;" in this neighbourhood is the entrance to the Tunnel, and several Docks. The extensive space on the southern side of Limehouse Reach, extending to the Royal Yard at Deptford, which during the war was a busy scene of human industry—at Deptford especially, many thousand persons were employed—is now almost deserted and desolate.

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