One hundred years of shipping: 1750 to 1850

Ben Schmidt made this wonderful visualization of shipping from 1750-1850 using ship log data. (H/T Metafilter). It’s long, but worth watching. You can see the infamous Triangle Trade, the effect of the American Revolutionary War, the rise of British colonial sea power, and more. This is a must-see for any fan of Patrick O’Brian’s Master & Commander books (“OMG! This is probably where Maturin’s sloth was debauched!”)

You can also see all 100 years of data divided by season.

Contrast that with this map of cargo ships (bigger than 10,000 gross tonnage) during ONLY 2007. (from Kaluza et al. 2010).

Miriam Goldstein (230 Posts)

7 Replies to “One hundred years of shipping: 1750 to 1850”

  1. incredible and mesmerizing!
    The ShipMax link made me guffaw
    And thank you for the ITCZ tip–it went over my head, I need the subtitles!

  2. There was an enormous cotton trade US >>> UK in the 1850’s, not shown.

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