Introduction

Dorset’s long coastline and its harbours have been ideal for boats, ships and trade for over 2,000 years. Until very recently it was much easier to carry goods by sea rather than take them overland. This section, from Roman times to the late 1700s, explains what the ships were like, the cargoes they carried and life on board during a voyage.

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Map of Dorset

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