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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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German Sailors, 1650-1900

German Sailors, 1650-1900

(p.253) German Sailors, 1650-1900
Those Emblems of Hell?

Michael North

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the German shipping industry during the years 1650–1900, and places focus on Hamburg’s merchant fleet in particular. It investigates the lives of the fleet’s sailors, including their origin; wages; group formations; and mobility between occupations, and provides details of recruitment policies and restrictions. The article also researches the involvement of German sailors within international fleets and discusses the strained relationship between Denmark and Hamburg that came as a result of limiting recruitment policies and the Danish King’s decision to forbid his subjects to enrol in fleets abroad.

Keywords:   German Sailors, German Maritime History, German Merchant Marine, German Maritime Labour, German Maritime Trade, International Maritime History, European Maritime History

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