Maritime Suffolk

A history of 1500 years of seafaring

Maritime Suffolk provides a comprehensive history of the county’s relationship with the sea, its shipbuilding, fishing and maritime trading.

Maritime Suffolk
A history of 1500 years of seafaring

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Robert Malster’s Maritime Suffolk – A history of 1,500 years of seafaring completes a series of titles which includes Maritime Norfolk (Part I the Norfolk coast and Part 2 covering the East coast), North Sea War 1914-1919 and Julian Foynes’ East Anglia Against the Tricolour.

These books are enlightening and engaging and to be recommended to both academic and lay readers.
International Journal of Maritime History on Maritime Norfolk Parts One and Two.

During 400 years of Roman domination Suffolk ports were supplying the army on Hadrian’s Wall with grain; in Saxon time s Ipswich was importing wine and millstones from the Rhineland; in the time of Edward I the town of Ipswich was orderd by the King to build a galley for his French wars.

The industrial revolution brought new trades to be exploited by Suffolk seafarers. At the same time that emigrants were leaving the Orwell for a new life on the other side of the Atlantic, a new harbour was constructed at Lowestoft, an enterprising dock scheme was carried out at Ipswich and coasting vessels from Orford were helping to distribute the implements made in Suffolk ironworks and to bring in the raw materials of the new artificial fertilizer industry.

One ambitious project failed at that time.  A dock at Felixstowe that was intended to be the base for a steamer serveice to northern Europe fell victim to the opposition of a railway company that was developing its own port on the other side of Harwich harbour.  However, in the twentieth century that unsuccessful project blossomed into the largest and busiest container port in Britain.

 

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About The Author

Robert Malster

Robert Malster

Robert (Bob) Malster trained as a journalist with the Lowestoft Journal, experiencing at first hand the final years of the autumn herring fishing. His first book, Wreck and Rescue on the Essex Coast was followed by Wherries and Waterways, Saved from the Sea and a number of other books on local and maritime history. Among them are A History of Ipswich , written to mark the 800th anniversary of the granting of a charter to the town by King John, and The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, which appeared just 100 years after W.A. Dutt’s celebrated work on the same subject.

He founded Malthouse Press and, as general editor, he edited more than fifty books by other authors before embarking on a series on the maritime history of the East Anglian counties for Poppyland Publishing as well as North Sea War 1914-1919Maritime Norfolk Part One, Maritime Norfolk Part Two and Maritime Suffolk are exemplary works, two out of the three being shortlisted in the History and Tradition category of the East Anglian Book Awards. In recent years he wrote the Poppyland booklet, Broadland, and had just completed a new work, The Industrial History of the Eastern Counties, yet to be published.

Robert Malster passed away on 16th April 2023, aged 90.

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