An Old Whitby Collier

By A. F. Humble, published February 1975


The surviving portions of a cash-book kept by the master of an unnamed Whitby collier between 1755 and 1759 provide sufficient information to draw an accurate picture of the coastal coal trade with London in the middle of the eighteenth century. Conclusions are reached or suggested about operational costs, share ownership, maintenance, labour, supplies, provisions, the cargoes of coal, and the effect that war had on all of these expenses.

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Filed under: North Sea | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

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