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Traders, shipbuilders, sailors, and engineers have all earned their living from the river. The pictures are starting points for discovery. Use the question or instruction for each picture to help get you started.

Floating Dock, Rotherhithe


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Floating Dock, Rotherhithe, 1815

A floating dock would be flooded. The ship would be floated on to it. The water would then be pumped out and work could be done on the ship. The dock could be moved from place to place. Ship building and repair was Rotherhithe's main industry in the nineteenth century.

Look at the side of the ship. There is a lot of smoke. This is where men are using tar to seal the wood.