David Thomas and the Schooner Mercury, 1871-1891

By Michael Dey, published November 2010

Abstract

The life is depicted of David Thomas, an ordinary British captain in the time of Queen Victoria. Captain of the schooner Mercury from 1871 to 1891, Thomas was a part shareholder in the John Duthie and Co naval enterprise, located in Aberdeen. A collection of self-purchased documentation and records (such as shipping provision expenditure and the paid wages to crew members) is examined to reveal the day to day running of the Mercury ship during its voyages to the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific Oceans. The case study of David Thomas elucidates the generic maritime mercantilism and commercialisation in late nineteenth century Britain.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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