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Tower Bridge (akaThames River Scenes)

The Thames was alive with vessels of all shapes and sizes, testimony to the success of London as a busy Port, handling cargo and passenger ferries from around the world.

Non-Fiction 1924 13 mins Silent

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Our river travelogue takes us under Tower Bridge as cranes at bustling docksides line the river. We sail past famous landmarks and the new landing stage at Tilbury Docks, dodging the mini armadas of motor boats, steamers, sailing boats, cruise ships and the Navy, we stop off at Canvey Island. Back on water, as the river flows out towards Essex we take a detour up Hadleigh Ray to the Hoy Pub at Benfleet before landing at Southend Pier and heading to town on the Pier's own train.

The sight of the USS Raleigh and new landing stage at Tilbury Docks would date these scenes as between late 1928 and September 1929 when the US cruiser was said to be touring European ports.