London, England Passenger Lists 1879-1955


Entrance to Tilbury Docks, London in 1908

Entrance to Tilbury Docks, London in 1908. GGA Image ID # 1765cd274e


London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. London was the world's largest city from about 1831 to 1925. The River Thames is navigable to ocean-going vessels as far as London Bridge, and to substantial craft well upstream of Greater London. Historically, the river was one of London's main transport arteries.

The latest announcements of several administrations have appeared since 1923. London is again at the forefront. Its largest new work will be making an entirely new dock, lock, and dry dock, and a passenger landing stage at the existing Tilbury Docks on the River Thames, seaward from London. These facilities are intended to augment the passenger-freight sailings between London and the United States. The United States Line of Shipping Board vessels and the American Lino are now using these docks. It is estimated that the cost of these projects, exclusive of land, will reach £5,000,000.


Will Passenger be Landed from Great Liners at Tilbury?


The Proposal to Improve and Extend the Dock Accommodation of London.


The Suggested Passenger Landing-Place for Ocean-going Steamers at Tilbury.

Somewhat on the Lines of Prince's Landing-Stage at Liverpool: The Suggested Passenger Landing-Place for Ocean-going Steamers at Tilbury. Drawn by C. J. de Lacy. The Illustrated London News, 25 February 1911, p. 277. GGA Image ID # 1d40ba8ea5


Among the numerous plans for bettering the Port of London by improving and extending the dock, accommodation is a proposal, fathered by Lord Devonport, the Chairman of the Port of London Authority, and its chief engineer, Mr. F. Palmer, to construct ac Tilbury a passenger landing-place for ocean-going steamers, somewhat on the lines of Prince's Landing-stage at Liverpool.

Our drawing, based on Mr. Palmer's designs, illustrates the suggestion. one may note, further, that at the moment, London has no dock large enough to accommodate the more giant ocean liners, such as the "Mauretania" or the "Lusitania," The conveniences of Tilbury for such a purpose are apparent. Passengers landing there could reach London from thirty-five to forty-five minutes.

One may also point out that in the last twenty-five years, the shipping using the Port of London has grown from a net register tonnage of under twelve million to over eighteen million. Lord Devon port is sanguine that this growth will continue concerning the amount of trade and the size of vessels.


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The SS Caronia docking near the Tilbury Docks in London circa 1923

The SS Caronia docking near the Tilbury Docks in London circa 1923. GGA Image ID # 1766a7fbe7


Tilbury is a town in the borough of Thurrock, Essex, England. As a settlement it is of relatively recent existence, although it has important historical connections, being the location of a 16th-century fort and an ancient cross-river ferry. It is also the location of a modern deep-water port.

Port of London is Great Britian's link with Empire both for passengers and merchandise. Goods worth nearly £500,000,000 pass yearly through the docks, over a third of their entire overseas trade. P.L.A. Docks cover an area of 4,247 acres and have 45 miles of quays.

Tilbury provides the first P.L.A. docks as vessels approach from sea, with an area of 725 acres and 4 miles a quays. Vessels using them trade principally with Australia, New Zealand, India and the Far East.

Unsurpassed facilities for passengers, hundres of thousands arriving and departing every year. Landing Stage of 1,142 feet long enables liners to be accommodated during any state of tide.

The King George V Dock, the most modern in London, was opened by King George in 1921.


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