The Construction Costs of Eighteenth-century Warships
This article is a detailed study of the costs involved in building warships of the period. It is based on Progress Books One, Two and Five. Direct comparisons between the costs of different vessels are complicated, however, by a number of factors such as variations in contributing elements over time, the extent to which old ships’ timbers were used in new builds, labour costs in different yards and whether a ship was built to contract by a private or a naval shipyard. Tables of comparative costs are given and the historian is warned of the difficulties of interpretation due to the variables indicated.