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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

We have now only to notice the establishments which have been formed for the accommodation of shipping, on the southern side of the Thames. These principally consist of the COMMERCIAL and EAST COUNTRY Docks, which are chiefly frequented by vessels in the South Sea, timber, and corn trades. They are very extensive, the area comprised within the walls being 49 acres, 38 of which are water. A large number of ships can also be docked in the spacious basin at the entrance of the Surrey Canal, adjoining the Commercial Docks.

In consequence of the crowded state of the river, in despite of the enormous extent of wet-docks which we have been describing, plans have been proposed, at various times, for the formation of Collier Docks, the most eligible situation for which would certainly be the Isle of Dogs. There is not the smallest probability, however, that this project will ever be carried into effect, as these ships prevent the undue accumulation of mud and rubbish in the river.

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