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Billingsgate. Wharf at Billingsgate with fishing boats discharging. Watercolour. Around London Bridge and the Monument, it was claimed you could smell your way to Billingsgate. Small fishing smacks delivered vast quantities of fish each day to the dock at Billingsgate. Further fish came overland to the market. Live eels transported by Dutch eel schuyts or boats became less common. This was due to the polluted state of the river Thames. Many eels were poisoned and died as the river water flowed through the wells in the bottom of the Dutch vessels.
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