The Royal Bounty and English Merchant Shipping in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

By Brian Dietz, published February 1991


The article covers the history of the Royal Bounty, awarded to builders of ships “fit for service” as naval auxiliaries, from its origin in the fifteenth century to its abandonment in the early eighteenth, when the mismatch between the needs of defence and of trade made the bounty no longer useful. It discusses the basis of assessment and selection; differing attitudes to the bounty; types of shipowner; differing trades and the various shipbuilding areas. It refers to the documents needed for a bounty claim and to where records are held. An Appendix lists bounty ships from 1560-1618.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

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