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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 EAST INDIA DOCKS, at Blackwall, were next constructed. This establishment, which was chiefly undertaken for the convenience of the East India Company's ships, was completed in 1806, at a cost of 500,000l. It consists of an export and import dock, which, with the entrance-basin, contain nearly 30 acres under water. The entrance-lock is 210 feet long, and the dock-gates 48 feet wide. An extensive cast iron wharf, 750 feet in length has just been completed along the river-front of the Docks, for the accommodation of steam-vessels of all classes, at all states of the tide: more than 900 tons of iron have been used in this novel and interesting work.

In consequence of the recent abolition of the Company's commercial privileges, the East India Docks are not now appropriated to any peculiar class of vessels; but their distance from the seat of business (being the furthest from the city,) must operate to their disadvantage. With a view of facilitating the conveyance of heavy goods from these and the West India Docks to the City, a stone tram-way was laid down along the Commercial-road in 1830, which has been attended with very beneficial results.

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