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Depletion of the Sylvan Sea: Seventeenth-Century English Shipbuilding

Author: Robert A. Church
ISBN Number 978-1-4276-3701-7
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With each swing of the settler's axe, the sylvan sea became mere wooded islands that dotted the English countryside. Woodlands gave way to arable field and pasture, and oak timber was converted to charcoal to fuel the smelting furnaces of the iron industry. Shipbuilders consumed their share as well. English shipwrights did not merely prefer English oak to build their ships; it was regarded wit hnear sacred admiration. By the time of the Restoration in 1660 the precious compass timber, so revered for shipbuilding, had grown scarce in the English Countryside.

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