How British merchant ships underwent considerable adaptation over the course of the 17th and 18th centuries
In this podcast for New Books Network, Maritime Historian Phillip Reid discusses his recently published book The Merchant Ship in the British Atlantic, 1600-1800.
As Reid explains, the first ships dispatched by the English across the Atlantic at the start of the period were sturdy galleons known for their versatility. These vessels, however, proved less profitable than their Dutch counterparts, which were less sturdy but far more capacious. Over time, British shipbuilders adapted to the Dutch example, with evolution occurring slowly though changes introduced at a variety of different points in the design and construction process.
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