whaling
Fluid Spaces: Dundee Whaling Vessels
A talk by Matt Ylitalo of the University of St. Andrews.
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Nineteenth-century Dundee whalers are known for their epic whale-hunting ventures in the Arctic ice. Yet vessels built or owned in Dundee for whaling purposes and the crews who worked on them were frequently tasked with other types of work. In the first half of the century, vessels also transported goods and people to Canada and the Baltic. By the later nineteenth century, among other things ships were leased or sold to individuals and national governments for polar exploration and research, search and rescue, logistical support and even the tax revenue service. This talk highlights some of the various employments that whalers and their crews experienced, and also discusses how such missions came about, and why these roles changed over the course of a century.
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Wednesday 19th April 2017
7:00 PM
£5 entry.

flaxopolis

Flaxopolis: Dundee’s flax trade with Russia and the Baltic.

A talk by Dr Dr Jeremy Howard of the University of St Andrews.

If Dundee was ‘the linen centre of the United Kingdom’ in the early nineteenth century, as some historians claim, then its growth, improvement and contemporary face owed most to its import of flax from the Russian empire. This talk examines Dundee’s economic relationship with Russia in terms of the material changes it engendered. Particular attention is paid to Dundee’s development in terms of architecture, design and planning. Through this we may begin to shake off some of the old ghosts of the later Juteopolis and replace them with a sense of modernising and prosperous Flaxopolis based on mutually beneficial exchange with an obvious and welcome partner. The neglect of the value of this relationship will be questioned.

Join Dr Jeremy Howard of University of St Andrews as he explores this fascinating subject.

Wednesday, 17th May 2017.

7:00 PM

£5 entry.

Tickets available online: https://www.gammabookings.com/FrigateUnicorn/