Liverpool to Hull – by Sea?

By John Armstrong and Julie Stevenson, published May 1997

Abstract

Analysis of the records of Thomas Wilson & Son, Hull’s largest shipowners, in the last 15 years of the nineteenth century shows that between 9,000 and 13,500 tons of goods were carried annually by sea rather than rail between Liverpool and Hull, despite the distance of the north-about sea trip being five times greater than the overland route. The cargoes were made up of both locally produced raw or manufactured materials and imports for distribution. The success of this service is attributed to the scheduling predictability, bulk handling efficiency and greater carrying capacity of the ships in contrast to the inefficiencies of rail freight capacity, timetabling uncertainties and poor handling methods of the disparate privately-run railways.

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Filed under: North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Logistics | Merchant Marines

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