The Commercial Shipping of Southwestern England in the Later Fifteenth Century

By Wendy R. Childs , published August 1997


An examination of the overseas voyages of south-western ships primarily through the surviving national customs accounts records for Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. The ships of the south-west were called on to carry an extremely varied range of goods. They also took pilgrims destined for Santiago de Compostella to Corunna. Their voyages took them to as far the Algarve, Andalusia, Bordeaux, the Low Countries, and sometimes to the Baltic and even to Iceland but there were many links too with close neighbours in the English king’s overseas dominions; namely Ireland, the Channel Islands and (until 1453) Gascony. All four counties saw a marked rise in shipping movements, which reflected the increase in trade at the end of the century.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | English Channel
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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