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Page 167. " some night work at Limehouse "

From late medieval times, Limehouse, on the banks of the Thames, was known as a busy port area. From 1820 a canal system connected Limehouse to the rest of Great Britain, further increasing its importance. Casual ship crews could be engaged, and ships loaded and unloaded for overseas trade. Martin's companions could hope to find work as casual dockers, unloading anything from a canal boat of coal from the north of England to a clipper full of tea from India.