Down at ExCeL for the table tennis on Saturday, we ate our sandwiches right by the side of Royal Victoria Dock. Facing us was the Millennium Mills building, named after a best-selling brand of flour in the nineteenth century. The mill was built in 1905; partially destroyed in 1917 by an explosion at a wartime munitions factory a hundred yards away; and rebuilt in 1933.
Moored in front of the old mill was what looked like a floating pontoon with a sea-going ship on top.
Is this some sort of dry dock device? I can imagine the pontoon being flooded to allow the piggyback boat to float off.
In front of the main entrance to ExCeL was a sculpture evoking the age when the docks were busy with manual labour.
My father-in-law was describing to me yesterday his former life as a worker at this very dock. He worked for Imperial Tobacco involved with the weighing of casks of tobacco and making sure that Revenue and Customs got the right amount of duty.
In the background of the above photo are two of the original dockside cranes.