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The Vital SparkThe British Coastal Trade, 1700-1930$
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John Armstrong

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497308

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497308.001.0001

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British Coastal Shipping: A Research Agenda for the European Perspective

British Coastal Shipping: A Research Agenda for the European Perspective

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(p.1) Chapter 1 British Coastal Shipping: A Research Agenda for the European Perspective1
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The Vital Spark
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John Armstrong

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497308.003.0001

This chapter reviews the recent research into British coastal shipping in attempt to establish the economics of the trade. From there it suggests how to scale the research out to a European-wide study. It then defines the British coastal trade and how it differs from other countries - particularly as an island nation’s coastal trade is necessarily internal. It also notes where coastal trade differs from foreign trade and short-sea shipping. It argues that the coaster was crucial in supporting and encouraging industrialisation, and thus worthy of individual study rather than as a minor facet of shipping. It explores the advantages of coasters over other methods of transport, such as rail and horse-drawn haulage. After declaring the strengths of coastal shipping, it concludes by reviewing the gaps in the academic knowledge and suggesting areas for further research - including ownership, profitability, and analysis of commodities.

Keywords:   Maritime Historiography, Short Sea Shipping, Internal Trade, British Coasters, British Railway

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