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The Rise of the English Shipping Industry in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries$
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Ralph Davis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497384

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497384.001.0001

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Four Ships and Their Fortunes

Four Ships and Their Fortunes

(p.327) Chapter 16 Four Ships and Their Fortunes
The Rise of the English Shipping Industry in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Ralph Davis

Liverpool University Press

This chapter provides case studies of the working life of four merchant vessels from different points in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: Diamond (1634-1640); Cadiz-Merchant (1675-1684); Diligence (1728-1742); and Caroline (1754-1766). They illustrate the long-standing difficulties faced by shipowners, charterers, and masters in earning a livelihood at sea, and provide a range of maritime and commercial experiences across the two centuries. These studies show that the first two ships engaged in a variety of trades, but the latter two quickly learnt to specialise in a single trade by a specific route, which proved the more profitable and secure option of the two.

Keywords:   Diamond (Vessel), Cadiz-Merchant (Vessel), Diligence (Vessel), Caroline (Vessel), Seventeenth Century Merchant Vessels, Eighteenth Century Merchant Vessels, British Shipping Conditions

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