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Caption for Bristol, The Quay 1887: This photograph was taken three years after Avonmouth, Portishead and the city docks were brought under Corporation control. Bristol's two principal shipping companies were the Bristol Steam Navigation, founded in 1836 to take advantage of the Irish trade, and the Bristol City Lines, who were both owners and builders, with routes to South America and the East.

An extract from Around Bristol Photographic Memories.

Memories of Bristol, the Quay 1887

Over a thousand years ago Bristol's harbour developed around the lowest bridging point of the River Avon. The exceptional tidal range of the Severn Estuary and Avon carried laden ships into the city and scoured the river of silt. Local trade flourished between Bristol, South Wales, the Severn ports and Ireland. During the (...Read full memory)

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