The Smugglers

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Published in 1909 by Charles G Harper

By Janet Penn

Charles Harper's description of smuggling and Canvey Island in 1909:-

  • 'Canvey Island, in the estuary of the Thames, off Benfleet, with its quaint old Dutch houses, relics of the seventeenth and eighteenth-century Hollanders who settled there and carried on a more than questionable business, was reputedly a nest of smugglers. The ‘Lobster Smack’,  a quaint old weatherboarded inn built just within the old earthen sea-wall for which those Dutchmen were responsible, and standing somewhat below the level of high water, has legends of smuggling that naturally do not lose by age or repetition.'
This page was added by Janet Penn on 12/03/2011.

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