Cops and Dockers

Britons like to think that they all pulled together during the Second World War, but as Clive Emsley shows, some of the work force, in particular those employed in the nation’s ports, were just as likely to be pulling a fast one.

A foreman whistles a signal to a crane driver, 1938.

Under the headline 'Dock Thefts: 'Substantial and Deplorable'' the Manchester Guardian carried a short article on March 20th, 1944 quoting the annual report of the Liverpool Steamship Owners Association:

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