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Sail and SteamSelected Maritime Writings of Yrjö Kaukiainen$
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Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780973007374

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780973007374.001.0001

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Shrinking the World: Improvements in the Speed of Information Transmission, c. 1820-1870

Shrinking the World: Improvements in the Speed of Information Transmission, c. 1820-1870

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(p.231) Shrinking the World: Improvements in the Speed of Information Transmission, c. 1820-1870
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Sail and Steam
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Yrjö Kaukiainen

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780973007374.003.0020

This chapter discusses the important developments in shipping communication that took place decades before the establishment of the electric telegraph. It emphasises that the improvement of communications was a major factor in the growth process of ocean shipping productivity and draws materials from Lloyd’s List; the British Post Office; the East India Company; and Peter Malm’s shipping correspondence in order to provide testimonies and transmission speeds to show the development of communication. The chapter also considers the role of the steamship in the transformation of overseas communication from the end of the 1830s whilst looking at the emergence of new technology in the expanding shipping market.

Keywords:   Maritime Labour, International Maritime Labour, Yrjö Kaukiainen, Peter Malm, Lloyd’s List, British Post Office, East India Company, Electric Telegraph, Shipping Communication, Steamships

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