This section analyses the impact of international economic integration on Norwegian maritime activity. It is divided into three segments. The first explores timber freight rates between 1757 and 1876 by analysing international freight rate patterns, freight income, and the rapid growth of Norwegian shipping in comparison. The second segment explores the output of the Norwegian merchant fleet between 1830 and 1865. It uses ton-miles rather than tonnage to measure growth and charts the changes to the shipping trade as the fleet increased trading distances. It finds that Norway’s participation in cross-trades helped boost the industry considerably. The final segment takes a different approach and explores the local impact of international shipping through the tale of the ‘Silver Schooner’, an American opium vessel that fell victim to mutiny and arrived in southern Norway only to become a cultural icon. The story found its way into primary school textbooks and official inquiries alike, and overall helped further integrate Norway into international maritime culture.
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