Sales and Transport
The carriage of coal eclipsed by weight and bulk that of all other commodities. It is probable that more than two million tons each year in this period had to be transported; of which a million tons or so was carried by sea, and a quarter of a million tons by river. The carriage of coal was by far the most important stimulus to the growth of England's merchant marine in the 17th century, and it also exerted a prime influence over the size and design of ships. This chapter discusses landsales and transport, riversales and transport, shipping, and the economics of shipping.
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