Endless guide books are written about the River Thames but few of them give much information about the river itself. That is probably because most of the authors copy out large chunks from other history books without having any real personal knowledge of the Thames or how it works.

As well as information about London, some of the places described are beside the Thames. It is hoped that articles about these items will give the reader a better understanding about the working river. Most of the information about the Thames has been gained either from talking to men working on the river or from reading books written by people who knew how the river worked. This is an attempt to explain the way of life of men living and working on the Thames today and of the generations from years gone by.

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