From galleons to schooners: deforestation, wood supply and shipbuilding on 18th century Portugal.
Author(s): Alexandre Monteiro
On November 26th 1816, the Portuguese-operated ship "Correio da Azia", while sailing from Lisbon to Macao with general cargo and 107,000 silver coins, struck a reef off Western Australia.
After a failed salvage attempt, the "Correio" quietly slipped into the History. In 1995, a manuscript detailing her loss was uncovered in Portuguese archives. In 2004, a team from the Western Australia Museum found it.
The remains of the Correio da Azia are now more than silent reminders of Portugal’s involvement in the China Trade; they are, in fact, the pretext for an intensive archival research into the ever increasing deforestation of a country that still had to operate a multitude of vessels in order to maintain, supply and trade in a global Empire. Data compiled will show how all Portuguese blue water ships of that time were, like the "Correio da Ázia", built somewhere else other than Portugal.
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From galleons to schooners: deforestation, wood supply and shipbuilding on 18th century Portugal.. Alexandre Monteiro. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434551)
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