Early Tonnage Measurement in England Part IV Rules Used by Shipwrights and Merchants

By W. Salisbury, published August 1967


The fourth in the series, this article examines the plethora of rules used by shipwrights and merchants to calculate tonnage in England between the adoption of Baker’s Rule in 1605 and the Commissions and Acts that created commonality in the mid nineteenth century. It seeks to distinguish between those proposed and those actually were used to any extent. In particular looking at the various divisors; which certain organisations such as the East India Company adopted, as well as how very varied between ports. Includes transcripts of several relevant manuscripts.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

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