Wars With America 1776 - 1815

Author(s): Andrew T E Whitefield

Year: 2013


Shipbuilding by James Martin Hilhouse at Bristol during this period of conflict. This young man aged 24 founded in 1772 a shipbuilding business that lasted 200 years and built large warships and merchantmen in Dockyards on the Avon that no longer exist but there is valuable archival material and some recent archaeological surveys have taken place.

How did he use the experience gained by his apprenticeship to the Master Shipwright in Royal Dockyards for the benefit of Bristol merchants with strong trading links with America and the West Indies and did the wars affect Bristol to a greater extent than elsewhere in the country? Hilhouse employed many shipwrights and apprentices building warships' privateers, merchantmen and cutters but his contribution to the City has yet to be fully recognised.

Cite this Record

Wars With America 1776 - 1815. Andrew T E Whitefield. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428268)


Navy Shipbuilding Trade

Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 139