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Harwich had a considerable deep-sea fishing trade and the opening of the Royal Navy Yard in Harwich in 1657 fuelled a flourishing shipbuilding industry in the town for more than 200 years. Men like Sir Anthony Deane produced ships for the navy, while others, such as Joseph Graham in the 1800s, built for trade with the Baltic and other ports. Harwich is still a major port trading with the rest of Europe as well as home to one of the most important North Sea ferry terminals.

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Tilbury is another major container port, handling trade from all over the world as well as having a cruise terminal. Sheringham and Cromer on the coast of Norfolk epitomize the importance of the fishing industry to coastal areas, with Sheringham having over 150 fishing boats in the late nineteenth century. Many small villages, like Cley-next-the-Sea in Norfolk, were once busy commercial ports, mainly servicing the export of wool to the Netherlands and beyond. The nearby village of Salthouse was once a centre for salt production and storage, and its marshes are now one of the most important birdreading sites along the north Norfolk coast.

Wells-next-the-Sea has been a working port since at least the thirteenth century, although the harbour now stands more than a mile from the sea. Lord Leicester of Holkham Hall had an embankment built in 1859 that cut off around 600 acres of marshland from being flooded by the sea and turned it into agricultural land. It also helped prevent the harbour from silting up even further. On the east coast is Great Yarmouth, famous for its port and fishing industry in the past. It is still an active port, but perhaps better known today as a holiday resort. The harbour at Wells-next-the-Sea. King’s Lynn on the Great Ouse, three miles inland from the Wash, was one of England’s most important ports in medieval times.

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