The international maritime labour market in Europe (1650-1815) - Relational database.



When a Royal Navy vessel or a private man-of-war captured an enemy ship, a court needed to establish whether the vessel was in fact a lawful prize: in other words whether the ship, crew or cargo belonged to an enemy state. To determine this, crew members were cross-examined (if necessary with the help of a sworn-in interpreter) about all matters relating to the ownership of the ship and its cargo. Commonly, three crew members were questioned, usually a cross section of the ranks aboard.
From these interrogations, we have created a database, containing all the information required by the interrogation rubric and therefore consistently present in the interrogations.The database comprises two tables, one of which deal with information about the ship, such as geographical markers of its ports of origin and destination, its tonnage, the number of nationalities aboard and information about its owner. This is linked to information about the crew, since there was normally more than one crew member interrogated per vessel. The crew table includes demographic information about the individual interrogated, an indicator of his literacy, his rank and the length and nature of his relationship with the master of the vessel.
Date made available31 Dec 2016
PublisherUK Data Service
Temporal coverage1800 - 1803
Date of data production2011 - 2014
Geographical coverageUnited Kingdom

Research Output

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Working paper/Discussion paper

The Determinants of International Migration in Early Modern Europe: Evidence from the Maritime Sector, c. 1700–1800

Klein, A. & Lottum, van, J., 2017, (School of Economics Discussion Papers; no. 1710).

Research output: Working paper/discussion paperWorking paper/Discussion paperScientific

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  • Some thoughts about migration of maritime workers in the eighteenth-century North Sea Region

    Lottum, van, J., 2015, In : International journal of maritime history. 27, p. 647 661 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journal/periodicalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Labour productivity and human capital in the European maritime sector of the eighteenth century

    Lottum, van, J. & van Zanden, J. L., 2014, In : Explorations in Economic History. p. 83 100 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journal/periodicalArticleScientificpeer-review

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    Lottum, van, J. (Creator) (31 Dec 2016). The international maritime labour market in Europe (1650-1815) - Relational database. . UK Data Service.