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Those Emblems of Hell?European Sailors and the Maritime Labour Market, 1570-1870$
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Paul C. van Royen

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780968128831

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780968128831.001.0001

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British Sailors, 1775-1870

British Sailors, 1775-1870

(p.93) British Sailors, 1775-1870
Those Emblems of Hell?

Sarah Palmer

David M. Williams

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides a study of British seamen in the “age of sail” and analyses how Britain became the undisputed maritime world power in both mercantile and naval terms. It looks at the country’s expansion of maritime activity in the light of the uniqueness of Britain’s position as an island with a lengthy coastline and ports facing in more than one direction, and questions the reliability and accessibility of data concerning the mercantile maritime.

Keywords:   Maritime History, Maritime Labour, British Maritime History, British Maritime Labour, British Seamen, British Age of Sail, British Mercantile Maritime

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