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Re: Atlantic World merchant vessel technology--anecdotal evidence

While I do not have any specific source suggestions, I would like to suggest that if you are not a member of the H-Net Sci-Med-Tech group, you might join that list and cross-post your quiry there. I have found the science and technology people, particularly organizations like the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), very open and helpful with my research into maritime technologies.

Best of luck.

James Risk, Ph.D. Student, University of South Carolina

Re: Atlantic World merchant vessel technology--anecdotal evidence

Dear Phillip

Two books come to my mind, which are focusing on the nineteenth century, but nonetheless might include helpful references for your research:

* Frederick W. Wallace. Wooden Ships and Iron Men: The Story of the Square-rigged Merchant Marine of British North America, the Ships, their Builders and Owners and the Men who Sailed them. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1924.

* George B. Goode. The Fisheries and Fishery Industries of the United States. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1884–1887.

Atlantic World merchant vessel technology--anecdotal evidence

I am beginning a dissertation project with the working title "Merchant Ship Technology and the Development of the British Atlantic, 1600-1800."  Among other types of sources, I'm looking for anecdotal archival or published primary source material in which those engaged in the shipping business in this world--ship owners, masters, ship builders, state officials, merchants, and mariners--mention or discuss vessel technology in their correspondence, journals, logs, and other written documents.  I'm interested in their opinions, judgments, specifications, and instructions regarding design, rig,

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