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        Ballast-heavers at work in the Pool, illustration from 'London Labour and the London Poor' by Henry Mayhew, c.1840s

        English School, (19th century). Medium: lithograph. The ballast-heavers shovelled gravel (otherwise known as ballast) into the hulls of emptied colliers in order to stabalize the vessels for their return journeys. Henry Mayhew (1812-87) Provenance: Private Collection.

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