Thomas Pope Rosevear of Boscastle: A North Cornwall merchant and shipowner in the early 19th century

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Author: Peter Skidmore
Published Date: Jul 4 2012

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Rosevear and Sloggatt was a merchant partnership operating from Boscastle, on the North Cornwall coast in the early nineteenth century. They were in the slate trade and were shipping agents and shipowners with their vessels often being chartered out to carry coal for the mines. They were Lloyd’s Agents and the reports of their activities highlight the confusion that still existed in the responsibility for salvage, despite the legislation that was in place. This paper provides an insight into how merchants in such a small port operated in a time of industrial expansion and urban growth.