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Cargo handling - Then and Now

Loading and unloading

Dockers at West Dock, London Dock, in 1920 truck away bags of sugar beet from a coasting vessel while their modern-day counterpart guides a container as it comes off a ship.

From barrels to boxes

Barrels of brandy unloaded one at a time from the SS Barina at Millwall Dock in 1919 contrast with stacks of containers at Tilbury Container Services in 2007.

Machines take over

Cargo being moved around warehouses on trolleys in the 1950's. Paper reels at the modern Stora Enso warehouse at Tilbury are moved by an automatic computer-controlled system.