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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 Coastal Trade of Connah's Quay in the Early Twentieth Century: A Preliminary Investigation

The Coastal Trade of Connah's Quay in the Early Twentieth Century: A Preliminary Investigation

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(p.305) Chapter 16 The Coastal Trade of Connah's Quay in the Early Twentieth Century: A Preliminary Investigation1
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The Vital Spark
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John Armstrong

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497308.003.0016

This chapter explores one of the few existing sources for coastal trade activity in ports - the trade records of Connah’s Quay on the River Dee between 1905 and 1914. It examines the port register, crew agreements, and the records of Wrexham, Mold and Connah’s Quay Railway, in attempt to determine the specific (as opposed to national or regional) factors that contributed to the decline of port activity in the run up to the First World War. These factors include the treacherous waters of the Dee Estuary; the absence of liner trade; the narrow range of goods; and the imbalance between outward and inward-going voyages. Through analysis of these factors, it concludes that Connah’s Quay was indeed atypical of the national trend in coastal shipping during this period.

Keywords:   Port Infrastructure, Dee Estuary, Maritime Chester, Wrexham, Mold and Connah’s Quay Railway, Brick Trade, Coal Trade, British Ports

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