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Shipping
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1. Waters

Shipping is the exploitation of waterways employing watercraft. Water creates much less much less frictional resistance than land, permits the use of much larger vehicles, and makes it possible to use freely available currents and wind energy for propulsion. Hence boats and ships are the most economical vehicles to operate, though of course they can only reach places located on navigable waters: to fulfill their function, they need harbors as mooring places, starting points, and destina…

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Ellmers, Detlev, “Shipping”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027092>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208



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