The first online session of the MarineLives PhD forum takes place today. Philip Hnatkovich (Penn State) will be leading the discussion of geography and trade. Richard Blakemore (Exeter) will be leading the discussion of commerce and law.
Marine Lives PhD forum members study and teach at the universities or colleges of Birkbeck, London; Cambridge; Exeter; Greenwich Maritime Institute; Manchester; Ohio State; Oxford; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania State; Pittsburgh; Princeton; Queen Marys, London; Washington, St Louis.
We are taking the admiralty court volume HCA 13/71 as our starting point, and will be exploring its potential, and that of admiralty court records more generally, to assist researchers and readers in deepening their understanding of these topics.
PhD candidates and early career researchers who wish to discuss joining our established PhD forum should contact us using our contact form.
The Shipping News blog is the project’s principal means of communicating with a wider audience, and we would like some direction from you, our readers. We are developing synthesised and annotated material on a range of themes, some of which we have already shared with you in this blog. We would like to know which topics interest you so that we can prioritise our blog publication plans.
Below is a list of themes on which we are working, all of which could form the basis of a blog article. Please let us know which of these themes interest you and which you would like to see in print, using our contact form.
We are also exploring the mapping of data from HCA 13/71 and would welcome your suggestions as to data you would like to see mapped. Contact us using our contact form telling us the data you would like to see mapped and we will do our best to turn it into a Google Map, providing access to relevant depositions and cases within HCA 13/71 which make reference to the data. See our experimental map of some of our French data contained within HCA 13/71. If your are a GIS expert and would like to work with us to create some powerful functionality, we would love to hear from you.
If you would like to participate in the synthesise and annotation of any of these themes, we would be delighted to have you join our annotation team, which we are in the process of forming for Phase Two of the MarineLives project
WHICH BLOG THEMES DO YOU WANT TO READ ABOUT?
Admiralty and marine related commercial law
Bound for Barbary
Brest men of war
Currants and raisins trade
Customs and excise
Dunkirk men of war
English coastal trading
Factors and agents
Female involvement in marine activities
High Court of Admiralty process
Injury and death
Oranges and lemons trade
Ostend men of war
Privateering and piracy
Portuguese merchants in London
Swedish and Norwegian merchants
Thames shipyards in the 1650s
The Exchange in the City of London
TELL US WHAT MAPS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE
The MarineLives project team is exploring the use of maps to display data from the Admiralty Court. We would like to hear from you our readers as to what categories of data you would like to see mapped.
Below is an example of what can be produced using some (though not all) of the French related merchant and mariner data in HCA 13/7111.
Contact us using our contact form and we will produce a bespoke map for you (and our readership) in Google Map and publish it on the Shipping News blog.
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
(1) The Coast of Barbary & the Maroc to Quibriche Caravan Route, Manesson, A. (1719), sourced from Internet Archive
(2) Stettin, Hollandische Merkur (Haerlem, 1660), sourced from Internet Archive
(3) Tower Street , Thames Street and the Legal Quays, Roque, 1746, sourced from Wikimedia commons
The MarineLives project is run by volunteers. New associates, facilitators and advisors are most welcome. If you would like to learn more about the project and wish to explore how you might contribute to making the Admiralty Court records available to a wider academic and general public please contact us now, using our contact form. You can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.
Since the start of the project in September 2012, the project team has transcribed 980 pages containing approximately 540,000 words of HCA 13/71 (1656-1657). The original manuscript volume is held at the National Archives in Kew. We expect to complete transcription and editing of the entire volume by the end of March 2013.
The transcriptions referenced in our Shipping News blog are work in progress. We encourage our readers to compare the transcriptions with the digital images of the transcribed pages. If you see an error, or can fill in blanks in our transcriptions, we would be delighted to hear from you and we will incorporate your improvements.