Maritime Industries in Kent 1700-1900

Ref: C3746797

Kent’s long coastline has had a major impact on its economic development. This class will look at the rise and decline of a selection of the occupations followed by men in Kent who earned their livings at sea. Topics will include fishing and oysters; hoys, barges and steamers on the Thames; wrecking and salvage; crossing the Channel.

Course aim

To introduce some of the principal themes in the maritime history of Kent 1700-1900, and the contribution made by maritime industries to the economy of Kent.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for anyone with an interest in the history of Kent who would like to improve their knowledge of the subject.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the principal characteristics of each of the industries
  • Name the towns most associated with each of the industries considered and describe the impact on their development
  • Describe the factors which led to the rise and/or decline of each of the industries
  • Mention some other ways in which the sea and river have had an impact on the economic development of Kent.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Note taking is not required, but students who wish to take notes will need to bring suitable writing materials.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Maritime Industries in Kent 1700-1900

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