The Rise of the English Shipping Industry in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

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The Rise of the English Shipping Industry in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Research in Maritime History, 48

2017

October 18th, 2017

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This volume is a reprint of Ralph Davis’ seminal 1962 book, The Rise of the English Shipping Industry in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. The aim was to examine the economic reasons for the growth of British shipping before the arrival of modern technology, with a particular attention on overseas trade. The study can roughly be divided into two halves. The first is an in-depth exploration the roles within the shipping industry, from shipbuilders and shipowners to seamen and masters, from an economic perspective. The second is a chapter-by-chapter review of British overseas trade with Northern Europe, Southern Europe, the Mediterranean, East India, and America and the West Indies. The final two chapters diverge from the main sections, and focus on the interplay between government, war, and shipping. Davis attaches no extra significance to any particular nation or role, and offers an even-handed approach to maritime history still considered rare in the present day. Costs, profits, voyage estimates, ship-prices, and earnings all come under close and equal scrutiny as Davis seeks to understand the trades and developments in shipping during the period. To conclude, he places the study into a broader historical context and discovers that shipping played a measured but crucial role in the development of industrialisation and English economic development. This edition includes an introduction by the series editor; Davis’ introduction and preface; seventeen analytical chapters; a concluding chapter; two appendices concerning shipping statistics and sources; and a comprehensive index.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Title Page3
Copyright Page4
Contents9
Introduction to the 2012 Edition11
Series Editor's Note21
Introduction23
Preface25
Chapter 1: The Widening of Horizons, 1560-168927
Chapter 2: Consolidation, 1689-177547
Chapter 3: Ships and Shipbuilders in the Seventeenth Century67
Chapter 4: Ships and Shipbuilders in the Eighteenth Century81
Chapter 5: The Shipowners103
Chapter 6: The Merchant Seamen131
Chapter 7: The Pay and Conditions of Merchant Seamen153
Chapter 8: Shipping Management and the Role of the Master179
Chapter 9: Shipping and Trade195
Chapter 10: The Nearby and Northern European Trades221
Chapter 11 : The Southern European and Mediterranean Trades245
Chapter 12: The East Indian Trade273
Chapter 13: The American and West Indian Trades283
Chapter 14: The Government and the Shipping Industry315
Chapter 15: War and the Shipping Industry329
Chapter 16: Four Ships and Their Fortunes353
Chapter 17: Was It a Profitable Business?375
Chapter 18: Conclusion399
Appendix A: A Note on the Shipping Statistics, 1686-1788405
Appendix B: Sources for the History of the Shipping Industry417
Index423