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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 Labour Market for Sailors in France

The Labour Market for Sailors in France

(p.287) The Labour Market for Sailors in France
Those Emblems of Hell?

T.J.A. Le Goff

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the growth in the French shipping and fishing industries between 1661 and 1789, and focuses in particular on the French seafaring population and role of naval conscription administration. It discusses the demand for labour during this period; the sources of labour supplying; dealing with the social and geographical origins of the seafarers; changes in wage rates and their relation to demand for seamen’s services; factors affecting the labour supply; links between wages and migrations; and the question of the outward migration of sailors from France, whilst emphasising the usefulness of centralised and uniform administrative documentation.

Keywords:   French Sailors, French Maritime History, French Maritime Labour, French Maritime Trade, International Maritime History, European Maritime History

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