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East India Dock Co

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1790 The Brunswick Dock was built by John Perry, adjacent to his shipyard at Blackwall, to the design of the civil engineer John Powsey (c. 1734-1799), District Surveyor for Wapping and Limehouse. It had two basins of above eight acres in all, one capable of holding 30 large East Indiamen and the other a similar number of smaller vessels. Each had separate entrances.

1803 Robert Wigram MP was one of the initial subscribers in the East India Dock Company, later becoming a director.

1803 John Perry retired from the Blackwall Shipyard company, Perry, Wells and Green. Part of the Blackwall estate was then sold to the East India Dock Co.

1803 John Rennie was engineer with Ralph Walker for the East India Docks.

1806 the Brunswick dock was bought by the East India Dock Co., which had been formed for the purpose, and became the East India Export Dock.

By 1808 the company had constructed an Import Dock, with a separate entrance beyond Perry's basin.

Walter Hunter and William English were entrusted by Mr. Rennie with framing a pair of large lock-gates for the East India Docks[1]

Early 1830s Henry Daniel Martin was appointed to take charge of the works in place of James Walker

1838 the East and the West India Dock Companies were amalgamated as the East and West India Dock Co[2][3] [4]

1879 EAST INDIA DOCK EXTENSION. Under the most favourable auspices the East and West India Dock Company on Saturday last opened a new entrance and basin in the East India Docks, ......The whole of the works have been designed and carried out under the supervision of the dock company's engineer, Mr. A. Manning; the resident engineer on the works being Mr. B. Sterockman. Messrs. Merritt and Ashby were the contractors for the dock works and warehouses ; Mr. Henry Turner, their representative, being in charge of the works. The gates and hydraulic machines at the entrance, as well as the hydraulic quay cranes, have been constructed by the East Ferry Road Engineering Company, Limited. The pumping engines of indicated horse-power and the capstans were manufactured by Messrs. Tannett, Walker, and Co., of Leeds, the engines being at the export entrance of the docks, and the hydraulic warehouse cranes, &c., by Messrs. Bells, Lightfoot, and Co., of Newcastle.[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. Obituary of Walter Hunter
  2. The London Gazette 9 February 1838
  3. Obituary of Henry Daniel Martin
  4. The Times, May 29, 1839
  5. East London Observer, 9th August 1879