The international maritime labour market in Europe, relational database 1650-1815

Van Lottum, Jelle (2019). The international maritime labour market in Europe, relational database 1650-1815. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-852135

Data description (abstract)

When a Royal Navy vessel or a private man-of-war captured an enemy ship, a court needed to establish whether the vessel was in fact a lawful prize: in other words whether the ship, crew or cargo belonged to an enemy state. To determine this, crew members were cross-examined (if necessary with the help of a sworn-in interpreter) about all matters relating to the ownership of the ship and its cargo. Commonly, three crew members were questioned, usually a cross section of the ranks aboard. From these interrogations, we have created a database, containing all the information required by the interrogation rubric and therefore consistently present in the interrogations.The database comprises two tables, one of which deal with information about the ship, such as geographical markers of its ports of origin and destination, its tonnage, the number of nationalities aboard and information about its owner. This is linked to information about the crew, since there was normally more than one crew member interrogated per vessel. The crew table includes demographic information about the individual interrogated, an indicator of his literacy, his rank and the length and nature of his relationship with the master of the vessel.

Data creators:
Creator Name Affiliation ORCID (as URL)
Van Lottum Jelle University of Birmingham
Sponsors: Economic and Social Research Council
Grant reference: ES/J000574/1
Topic classification: History
Keywords: maritime sector, early modern europe
Project title: Migration, human capital and labour productivity: the international maritime labour market in Europe, c. 1650-1815
Grant holders: Jelle van Lottum
Project dates:
1 November 201130 November 2011
Date published: 02 Feb 2017 14:20
Last modified: 17 Jan 2019 13:42

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