ST. KATHARINE'S DOCK.
One of the most interesting features of the Metropolis is the Docks, which are the glory of its port. St. Katharine's Dock occupies the site of the old St. Katharine's Hospital, and lies just east of the Tower. It is not large, comparatively speaking, for it covers only 24 acres, and cannot admit vessels of more than seven hundred tons burthen, but in its warehouses, some of which are shown above, more than a hundred thousand tons of goods can be stored. St. Katharine's Dock, which was built, by the bye, in 1828, belongs to the same company as the London and the Victoria and Albert Docks. It is at this Wharf that steamboat passengers from the Continent are generally landed.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896