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Robin Craig

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780973007343

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780973007343.001.0001

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Introduction: How It Was For Me

Introduction: How It Was For Me

(p.1) Introduction: How It Was For Me
British Tramp Shipping, 1750-1914

Robin Craig

Liverpool University Press

Early childhood embodied a pleasant mix of sand and sea - and ships. Home was the curiously named Borwick Rails, facing south across the beautiful Duddon Estuary in the extreme south of Cumberland. The house, which was a prominent sea-mark for ships, was situated only a few hundred yards from a wharf or quay, connected by a railway to an ironworks nearby with six blast furnaces. Behind the house was the Victorian town of Millom, created in mid-century as the result of the discovery of a large ore body of extremely high quality. Once mining had begun at Hodbarrow, an ironworks soon followed, and settlement at Millom grew rapidly, drawing workers from Cornwall and North Wales as well as from rural Cumberland....

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