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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 Role of Coastal Shipping in UK Transport: An Estimate of Comparative Traffic Movements in 1910

The Role of Coastal Shipping in UK Transport: An Estimate of Comparative Traffic Movements in 1910

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(p.243) Chapter 13 The Role of Coastal Shipping in UK Transport: An Estimate of Comparative Traffic Movements in 19101
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The Vital Spark
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John Armstrong

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497308.003.0013

This chapter aims to estimate the amount of work performed by the coastal shipping industry in 1910 in relation to the rail and canal transport counterparts. It examines the services offered by the coastal industry in this period that the railway could not provide - such as ferrying to remote regions such as the Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, and Scottish islands. It compares and contrasts rail, canal, and coastal services by examining freight traffic; coal shipping; bills of entry; the Royal Commission on Canals; steamship company records; and Parliamentary papers to paint an accurate picture of the British transport industry in the pre-war period. It concludes that the shipping distribution in 1910 was fifty-nine percent coastal; thirty-nine percent rail, and two percent canal - and insists that coastal and canal shipping should not be paired together when discussing the rise of the railway as they were fundamentally distinct.

Keywords:   British Freight Traffic, Royal Commission of Canals and Waterways, Shipping Statistics, British Transport, Canal Shipping

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