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A shipyard is an establishment for the organization and execution of shipbuilding. Its most important locational factor is the need for shipping space, necessitated in ports since the Middle Ages by commercial activities (Trade). Thus the early modern seaports with a large market share also had correspondingly large shipyard capacities available, though shipyards immediately experienced the effects of a stagnating or declining trade economy in the form of diminishing orders. Where a shipyard could acquire the large quantitie…

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Ellmers, Detlev, “Shipyard”, 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 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_030283>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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