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Ships sometimes moored in the middle of the Main Basin so that salt could be transferred from narrow boats on each side of the ship at the same time. This painting by Harley Crossley, looking south from the North Quay, is based on a photograph taken in 1883.
The same view in 2003 shows that commercial traffic has died out, leaving the docks available for leisure uses and the restoration of historic ships.
The Victoria Dock in the 1890s was much used by small sailing vessels calling to pick up salt brought by boat from Droitwich and Stoke Prior in Worcestershire. Other vessels were laid up there while temporarily out of use. (Photo: Glos.R.O.)
The Victoria Dock now serves as a marina for locally based pleasure craft. The Britannia Warehouse (centre left) is a modern replacement after the original warehouse was destroyed by fire in 1987.
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