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Life of a Port

Ports are exciting places - a constant steam of ships and those who travel on and work with them. They are often the first place that people from abroad settle.

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How a port comes to life

Does a port spring into life because nearby communities need to ship goods? Or do towns and cities grow up around a place where ships can come in? Find out in this section.
 Southampton Old Town
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At work in a port  At work in a port

Ports have always offered opportunities for employment. Find out who it takes to run a port successfully, what their jobs are and what life can be like for those who work in a port.
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Ports at play

When reaching port, a ship's crew want to enjoy themselves. There are people around to help sailors spend their money, not always wisely.
 Seamen relaxing
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Unloading a Ship  Trade - lifeblood of a port

Trade is the sole reason a port exists. Discover the different types of trades and how each affects the way a port grows.
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Finding out more about the life of a port

Find out more about a port, how to visit one or how to work in the shipping or port industry.
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Quick quiz
A 'Chinatown' grew up around the port of Liverpool. Why?
 The Liverpool-based Blue Funnel shipping line mainly employed Chinese sailors
Lots of Chinese migrants travelled there in search of work
The local council set up a Chinese cultural quarter

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