A south-east view of the town and pier head at Dover
Engraver: Malton, T.
Daniel Defoe visited Dover in the 1720s and opined that "neither Dover nor its castle has any thing of note to be said of them ... and has itself an ill repair'd dangerous, and good for little harbour and pier, very chargeable and little worth".
Travelogue author Celia Fiennes visited Kent in 1697 and thought that "it is a little place, the houses are little and looks thrust together", and that the harbour was not very great. Diarist John Byng, Earl of Torrington, toured Dover in 1790 and took an early stroll upon the piers. He described seeing "two Packet Boats (with Exiles, voluntary and involuntary) sail for Calais; also a King's Tender: and there was an Ostend East-India man laying off The Harbour. - Many sailors employ'd in Whiting Fishing".