British Ports of Call in the Nineteenth Century

By W. E. Minchinton, published May 1976


Ports of call in the nineteenth century were those where a vessel ‘called’ rather than entered, and the call was non-freight-earning. Thus ships ‘called for orders’ to confirm the final port of discharge for the cargo, to replenish coal, stores or water, to land and pick up mail, and for passengers. Classic ‘ports of call’ included Queenstown, Madeira, Las Palmas, Aden and St Helena.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines

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