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Trade and Traders in Mid-Victorian LiverpoolMercantile Business and the Making of a World Port$
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Graeme Milne

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236061

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314261

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Shipping in an Era of Transition and Opportunity

Shipping in an Era of Transition and Opportunity

(p.21) Chapter 2 Shipping in an Era of Transition and Opportunity
Trade and Traders in Mid-Victorian Liverpool
Liverpool University Press

This chapter reports the broader context of Liverpool shipping. It is shown that Liverpool remained committed to shipping. The users in Liverpool were more attached to steam than were its own resident shipowners. Liverpool shipowners and merchants had become complacent in the clear economic logic of combining ship delivery with timber transport. It is noted that the collapse of the US shipping fleet did not result in the end of shipping in the port of Liverpool. Nor did the sharp rise in steam traffic in the port produce an immediate decline in shipping. Liverpool's own registered shipping fleet clearly emerged as the single force that took most advantage of the collapse of the US fleet. The increased role of Liverpool-registered and Liverpool-based shipping reveals the consolidation of economic power by the port's own trading community.

Keywords:   shipping, Liverpool, shipping, steam, shipowners, merchants, US shipping fleet, port, trading community

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