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London's Docklands: A History of the Lost Quarter
London's Docklands: A History of the Lost Quarter
by Fiona Rule
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars London's Docklands: A History of the Lost Quarter [Paperback], 3 Aug. 2012
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have just bought this book and she has missed out a wharf from limehouse called duncan dunbar. The Dunbars were tenant farmers on the Balnageith Estate, between Forres and the Findhorn in the 1700s. Duncan Dunbar I went down to London in the 1790s and founded a brewery at "Dunbar Wharf" in Limehouse on the Thames. This wharf still exists today. Duncan I prospered and was blessed with children. He died in 1825, worth about '1.4million at today's (2005) values.His son, also Duncan Dunbar (II), took on the business at the age of 22. About ten years later he went in for shipping and before he died, owned the biggest fleet in the world. At one time or another he owned 73 clipper ships. In the late 1850s his fleet consisted of more than 40 sailing ships. He must have been administering 150 ships captains in his lifetime. His ships were employed as troopships in the Crimean War, carrying convicts to Australia, emigrants to New Zealand and Australia, tea home from China and spices and many other things from India. Many of the shipwrecks are described. He owned a ship-building yard in Burma, where many of his ships were built. One London directory for 1826-1827 lists:- "'Duncan Dunbar and Son, Wine and Spirit Merchant, Fore Street, Limehouse," and another for 1826 lists:-"Duncan Dunbar, Beer Merchant, 21 Fore Street, Limehouse". Dunbar Wharf is in Fore Street, Limehouse.there is a lot more on the net about dunbar wharf


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