Wapping High Street, London, E1. Photo ©RogerDean 2014
The Criminal Prisons Of London And Scenes Of Prison Life – Henry Mayhew and John Binny, 1862:
The Great World Of London
The Port of London.
The sun shone bright upon the water, and as its broken beams played upon the surface it sparkled and twinkled in the light, like a crumpled plate of golden foil; and down the “silent highway,” barges, tide-borne, floated sideways, with their long slim oars projecting from their sides like the fins of a flying fish; whilst others went along, with their masts slanting down and their windlass clicking as men laboured to raise the “warm-brown” sail that they had lowered to pass under the bridge.
[The image above is of the abstract representation of the light reflecting off the choppy waters of the Thames. It can be found on the exterior wall of the Metropolitan Police, Marine Policing Unit’s building on Wapping High Street. R.D.]