The end of the Hundred Years War placed Normandy away from foreign wars for several centuries. This does not preclude the province to participate in transactions, including shipping. Captain Charles Daniel, a native from Dieppe, who served many commandments in the Royal Navy, is a fine example of a naval officer.
This report aims at encouraging traders from Le Havre to meet and assess their lost incomes from English piracy in the colonies.
This document highlights one of the origins of the Franco-British conflict in18th and 19th centuries.
Indeed, trade with the colonies is an economic issue.
The letter lists men suspected of piracy at Hastings, Rye, Lydd and Romney, a number of whom are French. They include Frances Maquery from Rye, a French merchant from Dieppe, who also appears elsewhere in the exhibition.
A deed conveying property in Merstret in Rye from John and Alice Torel to Peter and Denise Hegsthone. There are two seals attached, both in green wax. The smaller is of John Torel and shows a ship with one mast.
This perspective view of Dieppe, designed around 1840, highlights two ambitious infrastructure projects that never emerged: on the foreground, a large basin meant for receiving tall ships, extends to Neuville; to reach it, the ships used a channel “going to Paris”.
It was in 1797 that the Englishman George Wood set up his business in Forges-les-Eaux.
He concentrated on the production of “fine earthenware”, made according to a technique developed in England in the 18th century, designed to look like porcelain.
Commercial shipping registers show the extent of sea trade on ships leaving Upper Normandy.Some ships were shipwrecked before they reached their destination, as was the case of the Amiral which was lost off the English coast near Hastings on 16 January 1792.
This document is a sailor’s apprenticeship contract (1760). It is in the format of a mediaeval chirograph: these documents were drawn up in duplicate, one over the other, and cut through along a zig-zag line or indent so that the two parts could be matched together (this is why these contracts are also called indentures).
In this memorandum the Chamber of Commerce records its views on the navigation and trade treaty of 1786, having sent two representatives to England. It notes that, contrary to the situation in France, English corporations of merchants and manufacturers had been consulted and had managed to have some clauses that might be detrimental to their business deleted.