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

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497384

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497384.001.0001

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Four Ships and Their Fortunes

Four Ships and Their Fortunes

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(p.327) Chapter 16 Four Ships and Their Fortunes
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The Rise of the English Shipping Industry in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
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Ralph Davis

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497384.003.0016

This chapter provides case studies of the working life of four merchant vessels from different points in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: Diamond (1634-1640); Cadiz-Merchant (1675-1684); Diligence (1728-1742); and Caroline (1754-1766). They illustrate the long-standing difficulties faced by shipowners, charterers, and masters in earning a livelihood at sea, and provide a range of maritime and commercial experiences across the two centuries. These studies show that the first two ships engaged in a variety of trades, but the latter two quickly learnt to specialise in a single trade by a specific route, which proved the more profitable and secure option of the two.

Keywords:   Diamond (Vessel), Cadiz-Merchant (Vessel), Diligence (Vessel), Caroline (Vessel), Seventeenth Century Merchant Vessels, Eighteenth Century Merchant Vessels, British Shipping Conditions

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