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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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Those Emblems of Hell?

J. Th. Thór

Liverpool University Press

This chapter offers a brief survey of Icelandic vessels in the Middle Ages and discusses Iceland’s commercial links with Europe before 1800. It focuses on the role and employment of Icelandic sailors from 900-1800 and explores the relatively new establishment of the sailing profession. Also described in the chapter is the transitional period in the nineteenth century, in which a new class of Icelandic fishermen and sailors emerged. The report additionally contains the diaries of two seventeenth and eighteenth century Icelandic sailors in order to provide a well-rounded sense of the sailing occupation as a whole.

Keywords:   Icelandic Merchant Class, Icelandic Sailors, Icelandic Maritime History, Icelandic Maritime Labour, Icelandic Fishermen

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