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Woolwich Reach 1960s
Here's another one from the 1960 (?) PLA Handbook which shows a more general aerial view of Woolwich Reach, with the Royal Docks in the right foreground and the India/Millwall and Surrey Commercial Docks in the distance. On a more sombre note, this is sort of view that a Luftwaffe crew would have ha

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What are those berths at the bottom centre of the photo? I don't ever recall seeing those when entering/leaving the Royal Docks. I must have been looking the wrong way.
 

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Tony - those 'T' shaped jetties were something to do with the Woolwich ****nal, presumably either bringing in raw materials for making munitions or taking the finished products away to naval dockyards and the like. Or probably for doing both - would have been a big bang if something went wrong!
 

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Steve/Tony.
Yes, they were jetties of the Woolwich ****nal. Used as stated above for munitions. After the 50`s gradually dismantled and by the 80`s finished.
Cheers John.
 

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There was also a huge hammerhead heavy lift crane on one of those jetties.We used to load ammunition there in the 50s for delivery to ships laying off the Chapman light in Sea Reach, at that time Suez 1956 I think most of the ammo went to the middle east.
 

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yes those jetties have been there for as long as I can remember,[ and thats a long time! ] you must have been in the ;custom house' pub! before sailing? we use to unload coal there. for there boilers, we use to wander around the the many workshops as those people though we were workers! as we had a pass card, to go in and out the main gate, all gone now, just more bloody houses!
 

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