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,

Call for Applications: Outer Banks History Center’s Summer Research Stipend

The Outer Banks History Center (OBHC), a regional archives and special collections library located in Manteo, NC, invites researchers interested in coastal NC/maritime history to apply for its 2020 Summer Research Stipend. This stipend, sponsored by the Friends of the OBHC, offers $1,500 to offset travel expenses in support of a single intensive research visit during the summer of 2020.

For more information on the stipend, including eligibility requirements, application procedures, and a description of OBHC resources, visit the following link.

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