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The Earles of LiverpoolA Georgian Merchant Dynasty$
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Peter Earle

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381731

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381731.001.0001

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Ralph Earle and Russia

Ralph Earle and Russia

(p.181) Chapter Nine Ralph Earle and Russia
The Earles of Liverpool

Peter Earle

Liverpool University Press

Ralph, the eldest of the three Earle brothers, was a timber merchant and his activities can be traced through shipping records and notices in the Liverpool paper. Most of his trade was with Russia, importing timber and flax from the Baltic and bar iron from the Urals shipped through St Petersburg. Very few Liverpool merchants traded with Russia and Ralph was quite an innovator, his ships being the first to trade with Archangel and Onega in the White Sea, while his timber yard on the Mersey was the first to be equipped with wind-powered circular saws. Ralph retired from trade in 1775, aged 60, and spent the last 15 years of his life as a man of leisure and a rentier, occasionally investing in the activities of his brothers. Right at the end of his life, Ralph inherited the estates and coalmines of his Willis cousins and became a very rich old man.

Keywords:   Russia, timber, bar iron, inheritance, sawmilling

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