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Title: Database of historic ports and coastal sailing routes in England and Wales
Author: Alvarez Palau, Eduard Josep
Dunn, Oliver Buxton
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
University of Cambridge
Keywords: ports
coastal routes
sailing ships
transport infrastructure
historical geography
Issue Date: Aug-2019
Publisher: Data in Brief
Citation: Alvarez-Palau, E.J. & Dunn, O. (2019). Database of historic ports and coastal sailing routes in England and Wales. Data in Brief, 25(), 1-15. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2019.104188
Abstract: This data paper presents a reconstruction of historical ports and coastal routes in England and Wales during the age of the sailing ship, ending at the beginning of the twentieth century. The dataset was created by an amalgamation of twenty different sources,including geographical data, primary sources and secondary literature. Ports found in historical documents were listed by year of appearance and georeferenced. Ports that appear in multiple sour-ces were listed only once. Coastal routes between ports were drawn based on navigation charts and bathymetry data, distinguishing five categories with different characteristics. Visibility from the coast was deduced from elevation rasters and lighthouse locations. Subsequently both ports and coastal routes were checked using topo-logical rules to ensure the connectivity of the network. The data is provided in shapefile format with all the attributes and can be analysed using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for different types of geographical and historical studies.
Language: English
ISSN: 2352-3409MIAR
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