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British Shipping and World Competition$
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S G Sturmey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497322

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497322.001.0001

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The Troubled Years: The Interwar Period

The Troubled Years: The Interwar Period

(p.53) Chapter 4 The Troubled Years: The Interwar Period
British Shipping and World Competition

S.G. Sturmey

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines British shipping in the interwar period, with the intent of understanding why tonnage levels had dropped to 5.1 million tons below the pre-war growth rate by 1939. It examines trend projections; trade, freights, and tonnage data; fuel trades; and the advent of motor ship technology to make an economic analysis, before comparing and contrasting Britain with contemporary Norwegian and German shipping to provide an international context. The conclusion states that the interwar period was difficult for British shipowners due to factors outside of their control, such as the decline of the British coal trade, the protection of British labour, and an over-tonnaged world market.

Keywords:   Interwar British Shipping, Maritime Norway, Norwegian Shipping, Modern Shipping Technology, Motor Ships, Maritime Germany, German Shipping

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