The American Merchant Marine; Its History and Romance from 1620 to 1902

The American Merchant Marine; Its History and Romance from 1620 to 1902

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Ocean--A Yankee Merchantman as Richard H. Dana saw her in 1856--Fifteen Years' Growth of Tonnage The fifteen years which followed 1830 were a period of peace for the United States and, in the main, for Europe. There were no more hostile decrees, no more embargoes.. It was a period of intense commercial activity and expansion all over the world. Increased trade demanded every--where an increased shipping to transport it. Nearly every maritime nation in those fifteen years added to its merchant tonnage. The United States was no exception to the rule. In 1831 there began a steady growth of American shipping, which continued until it was checked by the severe mercantile panic of 1837. Shipbuilders and shipowners, like all other classes of business men, were overwhelmed by that catastrophe. In a year or two, however, there set in a revival, which carried our deep-sea fleet in 1840 up to 762.838 tons. In 1845 it reached 904,476. This, was a handsome total, but it was less than the 981,019 of 1816. The growth of our merchant shipping had failed to keep pace with the growth of population. In 1810 the United States had owned 13.43 cubic feet of registered tonnage per capita. In 1845 it owned only 4.54 cubic feet. The American Union was no longer a thin fringe of commonwealths along the edge of the sea. Brave and determined men had turned westward to the wilderness as well as eastward to the ocean. The problem of internal development vied with the problem of external commerce, and divided the energies of the people and their government. The shipping interest was no longer the overshadowing interest, the object of deep and incessant concern, that it had been in the administration of Washington, Adams, or Jefferson. In 1831-45 the United States had...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236672364
  • 9781236672360