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The deployment of English merchant shipping: Michael and Joseph Henley of Wapping, ship owners, 1775-1830.

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Davies' contention (1982) that in the 18th century most merchant vessels operated continually in the same trade, and the consensus view that most vessels were laid up during winter, are both questioned. It is argued that the characteristics of the development of vessels in the late 18th and early 19th centuries were flexibility and intensity, and this is demonstrated using material from the recently discovered Henley Collection (National Maritime Museum) of papers documenting the operation of Michael and Joseph Henley, London ship owners in the period 1775-1830. There seems little reason to doubt that there were other similar ship owners of the period. The productive and flexible nature of shipping caused it to play a key role in the British economy, through high profits and a substantial social saving, in critical years for industrialisation. -J.H.Farrington

Publication Date


  • 1984

Citation


  • Ville, S. (1984). The deployment of English merchant shipping: Michael and Joseph Henley of Wapping, ship owners, 1775-1830.. Journal of Transport History, 5(2), 16-33. doi:10.1177/002252668400500202

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0021614423

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 16

End Page


  • 33

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • Davies' contention (1982) that in the 18th century most merchant vessels operated continually in the same trade, and the consensus view that most vessels were laid up during winter, are both questioned. It is argued that the characteristics of the development of vessels in the late 18th and early 19th centuries were flexibility and intensity, and this is demonstrated using material from the recently discovered Henley Collection (National Maritime Museum) of papers documenting the operation of Michael and Joseph Henley, London ship owners in the period 1775-1830. There seems little reason to doubt that there were other similar ship owners of the period. The productive and flexible nature of shipping caused it to play a key role in the British economy, through high profits and a substantial social saving, in critical years for industrialisation. -J.H.Farrington

Publication Date


  • 1984

Citation


  • Ville, S. (1984). The deployment of English merchant shipping: Michael and Joseph Henley of Wapping, ship owners, 1775-1830.. Journal of Transport History, 5(2), 16-33. doi:10.1177/002252668400500202

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0021614423

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 16

End Page


  • 33

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 2