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SHIP-OWNER

SHIP-OWNER

Rates of Baltic Freights for the following years ... A Ship-Ownder. North Shields, May 13, 1807

North Shields: printed by T. Appleby, 1807
Half-sheet handbill, type area 311 x 151mm, leaf 340 x 205mm, horn watermark dated 1797. Horizontal folds, clean tear neatly mended on verso, a little frayed in the upper margin.
£120

A rather confusing document, perhaps written to influence the new Tory government. The ship-owner uses statistical data on cargo rates to attack the recently fallen national unity government for unnecessarily suspending the navigation acts; yet at the same time he supports Lord Howick (Earl Grey), who had been First Lord of the Admiralty, against those who accused him of ‘injuring the Shipping Interest’.
Keywords:     maritime    commerce and trade