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Every day in nineteenth-century London hundreds of seamen came ashore in its Eastern districts: an encounter between metropolitan and maritime worlds, locals and outsiders. Against the background of the development of the Port of London and the transition from sail to steam, Sarah Palmer will survey the character of London’s north bank maritime district, the nature and impact of the seafaring population, attitudes to their presence, and how these altered over the century.
About the speaker
Sarah Palmer is Emeritus Professor of Maritime History at the University of Greenwich. Sarah’s academic interests and many publications include 19th and 20th century national and international maritime economic history, maritime labour, maritime policy and port development. She is currently completing a book on the relationship between London and its port in the long nineteenth century.
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