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Dockers Collection

"Dockers: The Unsung Heroes of London's Maritime History" In the bustling city of London, amidst the towering ships and bustling docks

Background imageDockers Collection: Cid Officers as Dockers

Cid Officers as Dockers
C.I.D officers cunningly disguised as dockers during investigations into drug smugglers at Limehouse Docks, London. One man (r) has a hook for a hand!

Background imageDockers Collection: Royal Engineers unloading ships at Surrey Docks, London, 194

Royal Engineers unloading ships at Surrey Docks, London, 194
Drawing showing Royal Engineers and men of the Pioneer Corps, under Government orders, busily unloading ships in Surrey Docks, London, August 1945

Background imageDockers Collection: Cid Officers Sunday Best

Cid Officers Sunday Best
C.I.D officers (who can be seen in disguise as dockers in the other picture in this set) sit proudly in their Sunday best, no longer sporting fake hands and eye-patches!

Background imageDockers Collection: Dockers busy unloading cargo at Cardiff Docks, a port in southern Cardiff, Wales

Dockers busy unloading cargo at Cardiff Docks, a port in southern Cardiff, Wales. 18th April 1939

Background imageDockers Collection: The Great Docks Strike of 1912 - Scene at Grays, Essex

The Great Docks Strike of 1912 - Scene at Grays, Essex
The Great Docks (Docker s) Strike of 1912 - Scene at a Demonstration at Grays, Essex. The pre-war era witnessed massive industrial unrest as dockers, transport workers

Background imageDockers Collection: Labour Union Poster - Great London Dock Strike

Labour Union Poster - Great London Dock Strike
Labour Union Poster Commemorating the Great London Dock Strike of 1889. This industrial dispute involving dock workers in the Port of London broke out on 14 August 1889

Background imageDockers Collection: Crowd outside the closed East India Dock Gates, Poplar, London, 1897

Crowd outside the closed East India Dock Gates, Poplar, London, 1897. Men wait, locked out of the East India Docks, probably during a strike in which the dock workers demanded fair pay

Background imageDockers Collection: Wapping, 1860-64 (oil on canvas)

Wapping, 1860-64 (oil on canvas)
4073475 Wapping, 1860-64 (oil on canvas) by Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (1834-1903); 72x101.8 cm; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA; American, out of copyright

Background imageDockers Collection: Limehouse Dock, 1872. Creator: Gustave Doré

Limehouse Dock, 1872. Creator: Gustave Doré
Limehouse Dock, 1872. Limehouse Dock in Tower Hamlets used by seagoing vessels to offload cargo to canal barges, for onward transport along the Regents Canal. From, " LONDON

Background imageDockers Collection: The Stevedores in Arles, 1888. Creator: Vincent van Gogh

The Stevedores in Arles, 1888. Creator: Vincent van Gogh
The Stevedores in Arles, 1888

Background imageDockers Collection: Harbour with a large tower, c.1641. Creator: Claude Lorrain

Harbour with a large tower, c.1641. Creator: Claude Lorrain
Harbour with a large tower, c.1641

Background imageDockers Collection: British coal strike - idle dock laborers, Cardiff, between c1910 and c1915

British coal strike - idle dock laborers, Cardiff, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
British coal strike - idle dock laborers, Cardiff, between c1910 and c1915

Background imageDockers Collection: Long shoreman's strike - N.Y. between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Long shoreman's strike - N.Y. between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Long shoreman's strike - N.Y. between c1910 and c1915

Background imageDockers Collection: Landing foreign cattle at the British and Foreign Wharf, near the London Docks, 1865

Landing foreign cattle at the British and Foreign Wharf, near the London Docks, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Landing foreign cattle at the British and Foreign Wharf, near the London Docks, 1865. Illustration of...the process of unloading a mixed cargo of sheep and cattle from the Magnet

Background imageDockers Collection: Riots in Jamaica, 1938

Riots in Jamaica, 1938
Riots in Jamaica in 1938 over a pay dispute. Photograph shows a suspected blackleg, accused of intended strike-breaking in the docks, being man-handled by other workers. Date: 1938

Background imageDockers Collection: Eastern States on the ways, Dec. 7, 1901, 1901 Dec 7. Creator: Unknown

Eastern States on the ways, Dec. 7, 1901, 1901 Dec 7. Creator: Unknown
Eastern States on the ways, Dec. 7, 1901, 1901 Dec 7

Background imageDockers Collection: Longshoremen, 1859. Creator: James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Longshoremen, 1859. Creator: James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Longshoremen, 1859

Background imageDockers Collection: Pay day for the stevedores, Baltimore, Md. c1905. Creator: Unknown

Pay day for the stevedores, Baltimore, Md. c1905. Creator: Unknown
Pay day for the stevedores, Baltimore, Md. c1905

Background imageDockers Collection: The Strike at Sydney; Wool being conveyed by the Owners with the help of Friends

The Strike at Sydney; Wool being conveyed by the Owners with the help of Friends and Special Const Creator: Unknown
The Strike at Sydney; Wool being conveyed by the Owners with the help of Friends and Special Constables to the Wharves, 1890. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper", Volume 42

Background imageDockers Collection: Interior of the London Docks, 1854. Creator: Unknown

Interior of the London Docks, 1854. Creator: Unknown
Interior of the London Docks, 1854. From "Cassells Illustrated Family Paper; London Weekly 31/12/1853 - 30/12/1854"

Background imageDockers Collection: All Things Requisite for a Neat Job of Cargo Lifting' Loading Cars for Export, 1937. Creator: Fox

All Things Requisite for a Neat Job of Cargo Lifting" Loading Cars for Export, 1937. Creator: Fox
All Things Requisite for a Neat Job of Cargo Lifting" Loading Cars for Export, 1937. Dockers on the River Thames in London. From "The Said Noble River", by Alan Bell

Background imageDockers Collection: 'Traffic and Merchandise Multiplied Century By Century' A Dock Transit Shed, 1937. Creator: Unknown

"Traffic and Merchandise Multiplied Century By Century" A Dock Transit Shed, 1937. Creator: Unknown
"Traffic and Merchandise Multiplied Century By Century" A Dock Transit Shed, 1937. Goods and warehousemen, River Thames, London. From "The Said Noble River", by Alan Bell

Background imageDockers Collection: The Strike of Dock Labourers at Melbourne; 'Freemen' Escaping in a boat from an attack of the Unio

The Strike of Dock Labourers at Melbourne; "Freemen" Escaping in a boat from an attack of the Unio Creator
The Strike of Dock Labourers at Melbourne; "Freemen" Escaping in a boat from an attack of the Union Men, 1890. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper", Volume 42

Background imageDockers Collection: The Seine, at the Quai d'Austerlitz, snow effect, c1900. Creator: Auguste Lepere

The Seine, at the Quai d'Austerlitz, snow effect, c1900. Creator: Auguste Lepere
The Seine, at the Quai d'Austerlitz, snow effect, c1900

Background imageDockers Collection: Longshoremen's lunch hour, San Francisco waterfront, California, 1937. Creator: Dorothea Lange

Longshoremen's lunch hour, San Francisco waterfront, California, 1937. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Longshoremen's lunch hour. San Francisco waterfront. California

Background imageDockers Collection: The trawler Stella Leonis seen here offloading her catch of cod at St Andrews Dock

The trawler Stella Leonis seen here offloading her catch of cod at St Andrews Dock. 14th January 1965

Background imageDockers Collection: London aerial view of West India Dock in the 1920s

London aerial view of West India Dock in the 1920s

Background imageDockers Collection: London aerial view of Victoria Dock in the 1920s

London aerial view of Victoria Dock in the 1920s

Background imageDockers Collection: Unloading a banana boat in New Orleans, early 1900s

Unloading a banana boat in New Orleans, early 1900s

Background imageDockers Collection: Liverpool dockers, probably 1930s

Liverpool dockers, probably 1930s

Background imageDockers Collection: Morning Star gala

Morning Star gala
Retired Dockers Union leader Jack Dash (on the right) and communist activist Peter Kerrigan (on the left) help out on the Morning Star stall at the gala at Charlton House organised by Greenwich

Background imageDockers Collection: Peter the Great: The Creator of the Old Russian Empire, illustration from Newnes Pictorial Book of

Peter the Great: The Creator of the Old Russian Empire, illustration from Newnes Pictorial Book of Knowledge
IL281076 Peter the Great: The Creator of the Old Russian Empire, illustration from Newnes Pictorial Book of Knowledge (colour litho) by Tennant, C

Background imageDockers Collection: Unloading the ship (oil on canvas)

Unloading the ship (oil on canvas)
471529 Unloading the ship (oil on canvas) by Meunier, Constantin Emile (1831-1905); 103x82x6.5 cm; Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium; © Art in Flanders

Background imageDockers Collection: Dock stevedores packing and icing fish at the Fulton fish market, New York, 1943

Dock stevedores packing and icing fish at the Fulton fish market, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks
New York, New York. Dock stevedores packing and icing fish at the Fulton fish market

Background imageDockers Collection: Possibly: Dock worker, Washington, D. C. 1942. Creator: Gordon Parks

Possibly: Dock worker, Washington, D. C. 1942. Creator: Gordon Parks
[Untitled photo, possibly related to: Washington, D.C. Dock worker]

Background imageDockers Collection: Dock worker, Washington, D. C. 1942. Creator: Gordon Parks

Dock worker, Washington, D. C. 1942. Creator: Gordon Parks
Washington, D.C. Dock worker

Background imageDockers Collection: Loading boxes of fish to be shipped to hotels and restaurants at the Fulton fish... New York, 1943

Loading boxes of fish to be shipped to hotels and restaurants at the Fulton fish... New York, 1943
New York, New York. Loading boxes of fish to be shipped to hotels and restaurants at the Fulton fish market

Background imageDockers Collection: Many of the Fulton fish market men are in the armed forces, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks

Many of the Fulton fish market men are in the armed forces, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks
New York, New York. Many of the Fulton fish market men are in the armed forces. [ Fulton Markets Men in the Armed Forces of our Country - For Victory!

Background imageDockers Collection: A scene at Fultons fish market, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks

A scene at Fultons fish market, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks
New York, New York. A scene at Fultons fish market

Background imageDockers Collection: Fulton fish market stevedores, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks

Fulton fish market stevedores, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks
New York, New York. Fulton fish market stevedores

Background imageDockers Collection: Possibly: Filling a barrel with codfish at the Fulton fish market, New York, 1943

Possibly: Filling a barrel with codfish at the Fulton fish market, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks
[Untitled photo, possibly related to: New York, New York. Filling a barrel with codfish at the Fulton fish market]

Background imageDockers Collection: Filling a barrel with codfish at the Fulton fish market, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks

Filling a barrel with codfish at the Fulton fish market, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks
New York, New York. Filling a barrel with codfish at the Fulton fish market

Background imageDockers Collection: Dock stevedore at the Fulton fish market moving a barrel of codfish, New York, 1943

Dock stevedore at the Fulton fish market moving a barrel of codfish, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks
New York, New York. Dock stevedore at the Fulton fish market moving a barrel of codfish

Background imageDockers Collection: Dock stevedore at the Fulton fish market, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks

Dock stevedore at the Fulton fish market, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks
New York, New York. Dock stevedore at the Fulton fish market

Background imageDockers Collection: Packing fish in barrels at the Fulton fish market, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks

Packing fish in barrels at the Fulton fish market, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks
New York, New York. Packing fish in barrels at the Fulton fish market

Background imageDockers Collection: Possibly: Fulton fish market dock stevedores unloading and weighing fish in the... New York, 1943

Possibly: Fulton fish market dock stevedores unloading and weighing fish in the... New York, 1943
[Untitled photo, possibly related to: New York, New York. Fulton fish market dock stevedores unloading and weighing fish in the early morning]

Background imageDockers Collection: Fulton fish market dock stevedores unloading and weighing fish in the early morning, New York, 1943

Fulton fish market dock stevedores unloading and weighing fish in the early morning, New York, 1943
New York, New York. Fulton fish market dock stevedores unloading and weighing fish in the early morning

Background imageDockers Collection: Fulton fish market stevedores unloading and weighing fish in the early morning, New York, 1943

Fulton fish market stevedores unloading and weighing fish in the early morning, New York, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks
New York, New York. Fulton fish market stevedores unloading and weighing fish in the early morning



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"Dockers: The Unsung Heroes of London's Maritime History" In the bustling city of London, amidst the towering ships and bustling docks, a group of men known as Cid Officers took on the arduous task of being dockers. They were the backbone of Surrey Docks in 1940, unloading ships with precision and strength that seemed almost superhuman. Dressed in their Sunday best, these Cid Officers stood tall and proud as they carried out their duties. Their dedication to their work was evident even during times of adversity, such as the Great London Dock Strike depicted on a Labour Union poster. It was during this strike that they fought for fair wages and better working conditions, standing united against injustice. The struggles faced by they were not limited to labor disputes alone; they also had to endure hardships like the closure of East India Dock Gates in Poplar back in 1897. A crowd gathered outside those gates, yearning for employment opportunities that seemed out of reach. Artists like Gustave Doré captured scenes from Limehouse Dock in 1872 - an oil painting that immortalized the tireless efforts put forth by these dockers. Another aerial view showcased West India Dock and Victoria Dock in the vibrant 1920s era when trade flourished along London's waterways. Docking wasn't just limited to London; it extended across oceans too. In New Orleans during the early 1900s, dockers unloaded banana boats with expertise gained through years spent perfecting their craft. Even Liverpool had its own dedicated team who worked tirelessly throughout the 1930s. Despite all odds stacked against them, there were moments when celebration filled their lives too. The Morning Star gala brought together dockworkers from various backgrounds under one roof - a testament to unity forged through shared experiences. These stories encapsulate a rich tapestry woven by hardworking individuals who shaped maritime history.