What the 17th Century Shipping Lists Can Tell Us.

 

By David Shapton

 

Overview of the Two Volumes

The simplest way to present/evaluate the information in the two volumes of the Shipping Lists is to tabulate the number of entries for each month for the available data. There are gaps when papers may have been lost or destroyed - such a year is 1632. Not Available (N/A) has been entered unless I am sure that the figure is zero. This is used in particular when successive pages in the Lists do not follow on in date sequence and no intermediate entries are present. Any uncertainty is indicated by a "?" and totals for the year are given in the last column where data are sufficient.Table 1 shows an interesting number of entries outwith the "best" sailing weather in the months May through September. It is not unusual to find timber boats from Norway arriving during winter months.

Table 1 ENTRIES FOR 1612 - 1638

Year

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Total

1612

N/A

N/A

2?

3

0

4

1

10

5

3

4

1

1613

0

1

2

1

3

1

2

4

2

7

5

4

32

1614

1

1

3

4

13

4

5

9

8

2

8

3

61

1615

0

0

1

3

11

7

5

5

4

3

0

0

39

1616

2

0

4

5

8

5

11

10

8

5

6

1

65

1617

2

0

0

3

12

5

8

2

11

1

3

1

48

1618

2

2

3

4

3

12

4

7

8

5

N/A

N/A

1619

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

3

1

3

1620

2

3

3

8

4

11

5

12

7

2

2

3

62

1621

N/A

N/A

1?

6

8

8

3

3

3

8

9

0

1622

1

0

1

6

9

12

13

14

6

10

6

2

80

1623

1

0

5

5

8

9

8

12

8

3

N/A

N/A

1624

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

5

3

1625

3

1

1

5

5

6

3

6

5

4

1

4

44

1626

0

4

2

3

6

7

7

6

7

4

1

0

47

1627

0

1

2

1

5

16

0

9

8

3

3

2

50

1628

1

1

1

2

4

8

3

3

5

2

2

5

37

1629

0

1

1

1

11

11

10

5

6

4

5

1

56

1630

1

0

0

3

10

4

13

5

8

2

0

1

47

1631

2

1

0

4

6

2

8

4

4

7

N/A

N/A

1632

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1633

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

12

7

3

N/A

N/A

1634

N/A

N/A

N/A

2

4

9

1

8

3

2

1

2

1635

3

1

2

1

5

7

9

13

5

4

0

0

50

1636

4

0

1

4

15

10

20

3

1

9

2

4

73

1637

4

1

8

3

12

5

19

5

8

6

2

2

75

1638

0

4

0

2

6

2

7

9

1

3

0

4

38

 

Looking at Table 2, it should be remembered that 1644 and 1645 were Civil War years with Montrose attacking in April 1645. In 1646, also a war year, vessels still came in. 1651 was the year of the siege by General Monk: more about this year will be discussed later.

Table 2 ENTRIES FOR 1639 - 1664

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Total

1639

0

1

0

1

8

3

3

7

4

1

2

1

31

1640

0

0

1

0

0

3

1

5

0

0

2

0

12

1641

0

0

2

1

6

8

4

7

6

1

1

4

40

1642

1

0

0

2

8

6

10

7

2

4

1

3

44

1643

3

0

4

5

12

10

18

7

2

2

3

1

67

1644

0

0

0

1

8

1

6

1

5

2

2

0

26

1645

2

0

0

0

3

3

0

6

4

6

0

0

24

1646

2

1

1

1

3

5

5

5

4

4

1

2

34

1647

0

1

1

4

1

4

7

5

2

2

0

2

29

1648

3

2

1

1

3

4

3

6

2

4

1

2

32

1649

0

1

1

3

5

2

3

4

4

2

2

1

28

1650

1

0

0

3

7

2

3

5

3

6

3

0

33

1651

4

2

3

1

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

0

0

0

0

1652

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1653

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1654

0

1?

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2

0

2

0

0

1655

0

0

0

0

1

6

1

1

1

N/A

N/A

N/A

1656

N/A

2

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1657

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2

1

1

0

0

7

1658

0

0

0

0

2

7

0

3

6

2

0

1

21

1659

0

2

1

0

6

2

2

6

4

1

2

1

27

1660

3

6

N/A

N/A

1

1

3

7

9

0

0

0

30

1661

3

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

3

0

1

0

0

1662

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

1

0

2

7

1663

0

1

0

0

3

1

2

0

2

0

0

3

12

1664

4

0

2

1

0

0

9

6

6

5

0

0

33