Britain has a vast and varied maritime history, from exporting goods to fishing, the British coastline has some great stories to tell. If you want to know what was being exported by sea in the 18th century, we can give you a history of it, or if you want to learn more about your local fishing industry, we have the information you want.
Before air travel, there was no other way to get produce into and out of England other than by sea. Exporting goods such as corn, and bringing in luxuries such as tobacco was only possible through ship so Britain’s shipping industry was huge.
If you were to ask your Granddad, he would have some stories to tell about the fishing industry. Though it has been in decline in the last half century, working at sea was the only job prospect some men had. It was dangerous and laborious work which many British families made a lifestyle out of.
Britain’s maritime history has a lot of tales to tell. From the slave trade to the Second World War, ships and submarines have been utilised for an array of tasks. You are sure to have heard of a few more famous British ships, the Titanic is perhaps the most famous; National Maritime History brings you the full story.