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Port of London upgrade / Landmarks of interest

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Just checking out the new-look Port of London. Ever wondered what some of the impressive buildings were?

 

The more functional buildings were helpfully re-purposed by the German Luftwaffe during their urban clearance programme of 1940-1945., but let's look at what remains.

 

Start by looking at the Tower of London. To the right is the famous Tower Bridge. When you turn to look at the bridge you are now facing East, looking towards the extensive London Docklands, and, beyond that, the North Sea.

 

To the right of Tower Bridge is Southwark, on the South bank of the River Thames. Where the old warehouses once stood is now a recreational area, Potters Fields Park. This is the modern location of City Hall and the Scoop. And also where HMS Belfast is moored as a floating museum ship.

 

Opposite Tower Bridge you are now facing West, looking towards Westminster. The first bridge you can see is historic London Bridge. This is not the modern bridge we now know, but an older bridge built between 1824 and 1831 that was later sold to  Missourian entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch of McCulloch Oil for US$2,460,000.  The furthest bridge is actually a rail bridge, running into Cannon Street Station on the North side of the Thames.

 

Looking behind the Tower of London, and to the left, is 10 Trinity Square, built between 1912 and 1922. On the waterfront and behind some cranes is Custom House, designed by David Laing in 1813.

 

Finally, adjacent to Custom House is Billingsgate Fish Market, the world's largest fish market in the 19th century.

 

No longer visible on that bearing, the dome of St Paul's Cathedral is hidden in the smog, but is still present in the Port of London Winter Scene. The cathedral is so iconic that protected view laws are in place to ensure that views of the dome are not impeded by modern development. Shame about the new air pollution...

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So it turns out that the developers already pretty much covered this topic before the 0.7.9 patch release:

https://worldofwarships.eu/en/news/game-updates/port-london/

In case anyone else missed it!

 

I've been looking around for some vintage photos from this period showing the Port of London, and found a couple.

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This looks pretty familiar :cap_like: Note London Bridge Railway station in the background.

 

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Then the view of the Northern bank, showing Custom House in the centre. St. Pauls at left in the background. The column to the left of Custom House is the London Monument (omitted from the in-game Port) that commemorates the Great Fire of London in 1666.

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