Our work covered some aspects of shipping in those days but it was not a subject that we were able to explore to any serious extent.

Its importance to Poole is emphasised by the Town’s Seal from 1325 which features a merchant ship with one mast and sail with forecastle and stern castle.

Poole’s shipwrights built, repaired and maintained vessels in this era. The industry was a major employer with apprentices and tradesmen including sawyers, caulkers and carpenters as well as rope and sailmakers.

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