Quayside cranes after the Silvertown Explosion - Photograph

On 19 January 1917, a massive explosion occurred in Silvertown, south of the Royal Victoria Dock. In Messrs Brunner Mond & Co's munitions works, 50 tons of T.N.T. blew up, killing 73 people and damaging up to 70,000 buildings, including some at the dock. The noise of the blast could be heard as far away as Southampton and Norwich. The grain silos and warehouses of the flourmills were amongst the 17 acres that the Port of London Authority estimated were damaged. The Millennium Mills owned by William Vernon & Sons and the quayside cranes are included in this image. John H Avery photographed the wreckage immediately and throughout the reconstruction, which was completed in 1921.
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Avery, John H.
�� Museum in Docklands/PLA Collection

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