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Charles McKean, Bob Harris, and Christopher A. Whatley

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781845860165

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860165.001.0001

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Maritime Dundee and its Harbour c. 1755–1820

Maritime Dundee and its Harbour c. 1755–1820

Chapter (p.268) 11 Maritime Dundee and its Harbour c. 1755–1820

Charles McKean

Claire Swan

Malcolm Archibald

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the evolution of the Dundee's trade during the eighteenth century, and how it developed a distinctive maritime identity. Dundee seems to have balanced the concept of ‘inport’ and ‘outport’ very successfully in that it developed the industries required for the processing of imports and exports, to the extent that each trade required. Indeed, its profile of blubber boiling and processing sugar, candles, tanned hides, and liquor fits the profile of a town that is predominantly a port, rather than a town with a harbour. By the end of the century, however, the success of osnaburg manufacture and of whaling came to overshadow the coloured thread, glass, and shoe manufacturing, shipbuilding, and the sugar refining that had developed since mid century.

Keywords:   Dundee, trade, port, Scotland, harbour, imports, exports, osnaburg manufacture, whaling

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