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Extending the Western Dry Dock of the Royal Albert docks. In 1912, work was started on enlarging the Western Dry Dock of the Royal Albert Docks. Looking northeast, John Avery recorded the labourers excavating the dry dock on 26 July 1913. The movement of a figure in the foreground gives an indication of the length of exposure the camera needed. The Port of London supported an extensive ship-repairing trade. Dry docks where ship repairs could be carried out were in demand. Avery photographed the first ship to take advantage of the new extended dry dock, S.S. Alaunia, when work had finished on her in 1914.
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