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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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The British Coastal Fleet in the Eighteenth Century: How Useful Are the Admiralty's Registers of Protection from Impressment?

The British Coastal Fleet in the Eighteenth Century: How Useful Are the Admiralty's Registers of Protection from Impressment?

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(p.41) Chapter 3 The British Coastal Fleet in the Eighteenth Century: How Useful Are the Admiralty's Registers of Protection from Impressment?1
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The Vital Spark
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John Armstrong

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497308.003.0003

This chapter offers an analysis of Dwight E. Robinson’s study of the British Admiralty’s Registers of Protection - a quantitative study that examined cargo and coaster ownership to determine how large the British Coastal fleet was in the eighteenth century. Robinson considered the data tremendously useful, but this essay attempts to prove the quantitative data is more complicated and less conclusive than Robinson believed. Through a comprehensive analysis it discards a large amount as inconclusive, unreliable, or unrelated to coastal shipping specifically. It concludes that the source is more flawed than previously assumed.

Keywords:   Dwight E. Robinson, Registers of Protection from being Pressed, Shipping Statistics, Eighteenth Century Shipping, Kew National Archives

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