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By Dorothy Burwash

Between 1460 and 1540 the advance of service provider transport was once of important value to the expansion of britain as a ecu strength. during this paintings leave out Burwash deals a whole background of the English service provider marine within the overdue center a long time and early renaissance interval. Her account contains a description of the scale and layout of the ships, the trades during which they engaged, the company preparations below which they sailed and the codes of maritime legislation which ruled them, the wages and stipulations of labor of the typical seaman and the measure of navigational ability of the shipmasters and pilots. This was once the time whilst seamen and retailers of northern Europe have been starting to enterprise out of the common domestic waters and adopt voyages of discovery equivalent to the Bristol expeditions 1501–1504 which probably reached Labrador and probably Greenland. the writer concludes that, even supposing English transport confronted stiff festival from investors and seamen of different international locations in northern Europe—most really the Dutch—the interval was once certainly one of fit progress which laid an outstanding beginning for the extra incredible and higher recognized exploits of the Elizabethan age.

Based on large and distinct study in manuscript resources preserved within the Public list workplace, British libraries and the British Museum, this research is a vital one for severe scholars of English historical past.  

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S. Farmer, p. 25. ^Letters and Papers . . Henry VIII, ed. Brewer, I, no. 1732 (39). The Science and Practice of Navigation 31 by their very inaccuracy indicated the development of new and higher standards. Trinity House was later to receive the control of all pilotage, buoys, and beacons in the Thames estuary. The movement toward better buoying and lighting of the coasts, which also dates from this period, was bound up with the effort to improve the technique of navigation. 64 There was also, apparently, an increased control from above over navigating standards.

PLATE II PROFILES OF HEADLANDS This sixteenth-century profile was intended to indicate the course proper for reaching the île du Pilier without sailing dangerously close to Noirmoutiers. % ÎWifirnefo^inre. CEiiw^efe6

Marsden, I, 102-105. A. 13/1, Examinations 1536-1537. 32 English Merchant Shipping school of scientific seamanship would spring up overnight, nor are there any striking achievements to be recorded before the ventures of the Muscovy Company ; but seamen were certainly making better use of better navigating tools. The first rutter to be printed in England was not the English sailing directions, but the Grant Routier of the French pilot, Pierre Garcie, which had originally been written about 1483.

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