Plan for a new channel acros the River Thames in London, 1796.
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Map of part of the Thames, showing 'three different modes of making wet docks, by cutting off branches of the river, and making a new channel as proposed by W Reveley'. This radical idea, never implemented, would have created three new docks in the existing course of the river by digging a channel from Woolwich Reach to Bell Dock. The new docks were to be called Blackwall Dock, Greenwich Dock, and Ratcliff Dock. This enormous feat of civil engineering would also have created three new islands. Illustration from the 'Report from the Committee Appointed to Enquire into the Best Mode of Providing Sufficient Accommodation for the Increased Trade and Shipping of the Port of London', produced by the House of Commons and published in London in 1796.