The Lost World of the Sailing Ships 1780-1880: An Introduction to Maritime History
Monday 19th September 2016 - Friday 9th December 2016
Delivery: Distance Learning (Online)
The many harbours and havens around the British and Irish coastlines were once thriving maritime communities. The men and women of these communities were bound together by the sailing ships that traded up and down the coast and into deep waters of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
This course will give you an insight into this lost world of mariners, investors, shipbuilders, sailmakers, privateers, smugglers and many others. It will also teach you how where to find and how to explore the rich variety of source material that is available on these subjects.
The first unit will introduce Britain's nineteenth-century maritime economy, and we will consider the elements that made up that economy as well as examining how the world of sail changed during the period. The remaining weeks will introduce different themes, as outlined in the syllabus below.
Each session will introduce you to the topic, provide you some background reading material, introduce you to source material, advise on where you can find further information and will introduce questions for us to consider and discuss in the online discussion area.
Deadline for Registrations: Wednesday 14th September 2016
The module will include a selection of the following:
- Introduction to the 19th century maritime economy
- Maritime communities: structures, changes and influences
- Vessels: the categories, their cargoes and how and why they changed
- Trades and routes: the places and the impact of steam
- Mariners: education, career and comparison with other occupations
- Investors: who they were and how they made profits
- Ports: the rise and fall of ports and the relevant factors
- Shipbuilding and shipwrights: business structure and business pressures
- Sailmakers, blockmakers, ropemakers: the role of the ancillary trades
- Privateers: the last days of privateering and the opportunities for gain
- Smugglers: an examination of the organisation of smuggling and its eventual control.
This list provides an indication of reading materials appropriate to the module. It is recommended that students consult the course tutor before purchasing books.
Duffy, M. et al (eds) (1993), A new maritime history of Devon, Volume 1, London, Conway Press.
Duffy, M. et al (eds) (1994), A new maritime history of Devon, Volume. 2, London, Conway Press.
Greenhill, B. (1978), The merchant schooners, London, National Maritime Museum.
Jackson, G. (1983), The history and archaeology of ports, Tadworth, Tadworth World’s Work.
Ville S. (ed) (1993), Shipbuilding in the United Kingdom in the Nineteenth Century: a regional approach, St Johns, Newfoundland, International Maritime Economic History Association.
Ward-Jackson, C. H. (1986), Ships and shipbuilders of a Westcountry seaport. Fowey 1786-1939, Truro, Twelveheads Press.
Please note: all courses are subject to sufficient numbers of students registering before they are confirmed as running. Therefore, after registering you are advised not to purchase any texts until you have received confirmation that the course is running.