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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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The International Labour Market for Seamen, 1600-1900: Norway and Norwegian Participation

The International Labour Market for Seamen, 1600-1900: Norway and Norwegian Participation

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(p.173) The International Labour Market for Seamen, 1600-1900: Norway and Norwegian Participation
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Those Emblems of Hell?
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Gustav Sætra

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780968128831.003.0010

This chapter reports the growth of the Norwegian shipping trade in the period 1850-1880; an expansion that came as a result of a heightened demand for the exports of fish and timber from Norway to Western and Southern Europe. It provides a detailed history on Norwegian shipping trade, starting from the early days of expansion to Norway’s position as a leading whaling nation. The chapter provides statistical data in the form of numbers of recruitment, labour force, and wages, but notes that source material on Norwegian shipping data prior to 1800 is often scarce and unreliable. The report also outlines the significance of Norwegian presence in foreign fleets after 1850, and discusses the motive behind a seaman’s decision to emigrate. It notes that the Dutch fleet became a popular option for Norwegians, while seamen also flocked to the alternative fleets of Russia; Denmark; Sweden; Holland; France; Great Britain; North America; Argentina; Australia and South Africa.

Keywords:   Norwegian Shipping History, Norwegian Shipping Maritime, Norwegian Sailors, Norwegian Labour Market

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