Merchants and Mariners

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Merchants and Mariners

Selected Maritime Writings of David M. Williams

Research in Maritime History, 18

2017

October 18th, 2017

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This book presents twelve essays by historian David M. Williams, in order to pay tribute to his career. The essays stretch from 1807 through to the end of the nineteenth century, and address both economic and social themes. Topics include maritime trade, deployment of merchant ships, the state regulations concerning shipping, shipwrecks and loss of life, passenger cargoes, slavery, cotton, timber and coffee trades, and the working conditions of seamen over the course of the century. The plight of the maritime labourer is at the core of this collection. The essays primarily focus on British shipping, and firmly places it within an international context. The book is introduced by Lars U. Scholl, followed by two tributes to Williams’ career, one by Peter N. Davies, the other by Lewis R. Fischer. Scholl concludes the volume with a thorough bibliography of Williams’ maritime writings: books, chapters, and articles.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Title Page3
Copyright Page4
Contents7
"Introduction"9
"David Malcolm Williams: A Tribute from an Old Friend"29
"David M. Williams and the Writing of Modern Maritime History"41
"Abolition and the Re-Deployment of the Slave Fleet, 1807-1811"53
"Liverpool Merchants and the Cotton Trade 1820-1850"71
"The Shipping of the North Atlantic Cotton Trade in the Mid-Nineteenth Century"105
"Merchanting in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century: The Liverpool Timber Trade"133
"James Silk Buckingham: Sailor, Explorer and Maritime Reformer"161
"State Regulation of Merchant Shipping 1839-1914: The Bulk Carrying Trades"179
"Customs Evasion, Colonial Preference and the British Tariff, 1829- 1842"209
"Bulk Passenger Freight Trades, 1750-1870"237
"Henry Mayhew and the British Seaman"261
"Mid-Victorian Attitudes to Seamen and Maritime Reform: The Society for Improving the Condition of Merchant Seamen, 1867"281
"Advance Notes' and the Recruitment of Maritime Labour in Britain in the Nineteenth Century"305
"The Quality, Skill and Supply of Maritime Labour: Causes of Concern in Britain, 1850-1914"325
"David M. Williams: A Bibliography"345