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Title: A Comedy of Masks A Novel Author: Ernest Dowson and Arthur Moore Release Date: September 16, 2005 [eBook #16703] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK A COMEDY OF MASKS*** Digitized by Robert Bamford.
Further proofreading and formatting by Andrew Sly. A COMEDY OF MASKS A Novel by ERNEST DOWSON and ARTHUR MOORE 1893 CHAPTER I In that intricate and obscure locality, which stretches between the Tower and Poplar, a tarry region, scarcely suspected by the majority of Londoners, to whom the -Port of London- is an expression purely geographical, there is, or was not many years ago, to be found a certain dry dock called Blackpool, but better known from time immemorial to skippers and longshoremen, and all who go down to the sea in ships, as -Rainham’s Dock.- Many years ago, in the days of the first Rainham and of wooden ships, it had been no doubt a flourishing ship-yard; and, indeed, models of wooden leviathans of the period, which had been turned out, not a few, in those palmy days, were still dusty ornaments of its somewhat antique office.
But as time went on, and the age of Sun Apr 02 16:39:28 2017 2 iron intervened, and the advance on the Clyde and the Tyne had made Thames ship-building a thing of the past, Blackpool Dock had ceased to be of commercial importance.
No more ships were built there, and fewer ships put in to be overhauled and painted; while even these were for the most part of a class viewed at Lloyd’s with scant favour, which seemed, like the yard itself, to have fallen somewhat behind the day.
The original Rainham had not ...

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