Author Results for P. A. B. Thomson

Bridport Harbour: The Rise and Decline of a Coastal Port

By P. A. B. Thomson

Bridport is an interesting case study of a port created in an unlikely place to meet local industrial demand. A protected harbour only from the 1740s, it was successful enough to be consolidated and expanded in the 1820s. It enjoyed a 30-year heyday before railway competition started to bite into its trade. Traditional exports of […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Merchant Marines

Braunton: Home of the Last Fleet of Wooden Coasters

By P. A. B. Thomson

The North Devon village of Braunton was the home of a fleet of coastal trading vessels, which during the nineteenth century expanded in number of vessels as well as in their size, from smacks plying locally to ketches and schooners trading in the Bristol Channel, Irish Sea and Western end of the English Channel. In […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | English Channel | WW2 | Irish Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Brixham Sailing Trawlers: the Last Years of a Working Fleet

By P. A. B. Thomson

Sailing trawlers were already being replaced by steam powered trawlers during the first decade of the twentieth century but the main turning point for the Brixham sailing trawlers came with WW1 and its aftermath.  Several were sunk by enemy action and many of those laid up for the duration never sailed again.  Sailing trawlers were […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | North Sea | Irish Sea | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Submarines | Whaling & Fishing