London Scenes - London Docks - Deadman's Dock - Deptford Wharf
Deadman's Dock, or Dodman's Dock, was named after the shipbuilders Dudman & Company, who operated here at the end of the 18th century. It was bought from them by the Brighton and South Coast Railway Company in 1850. It was then owned by Southern Railway and eventually British Rail after nationalisation, until it closed in 1970. It is now the site of the Surrey Quays shopping centre on the Isle of Dogs.
Phoenician coins and writing
Phoenician coins. Engraving depicting various coins and medals from the Phoenician civilisation. Phoenicia existed as a collection of city states in the coastal areas of modern day Lebanon and Syria. Its origins date back to about 2300 BCE (before common era), flourished through maritime trade around 1200-800 BCE and declined from about 500-65 BCE. Their coins were made of gold and were freely traded with other civilisations such as the Greeks. Phoenicia gave rise to a written alphabet (upper line of text), a phonetic alphabet thought to be the origin of all western alphabets. Beneath this is a line in Hebrew. This engraving comes from the Gentleman's Magazine published in 1760.
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1700 Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Engraving with later tinting of Peter the Great (1672-1725). Tsar of Russia from 1682-1721. Peter taught himself technical and mechanical arts, especially in relation to military and naval science. In 1696, in an effort to acquaint Russia with western science and technology, he led several diplomatic missions to Europe's major cities. He persuaded many skilled individuals to immigrate to Russia to help make it a major world power. In the city that he founded, St. Petersburg, he created an Academy of Science to encourage scientific research. He was also a keen collector - a box of teeth pulled from his staff is preserved today (see Purcell & Gould "Finders, Keepers" 1992).
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