|Title||Technology and Industrial Organization: Dutch Shipbuilding to 1800|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1975|
|Keywords||article, Building/Buildings, Dutch, Dutch shipbuilding to 1800, History/Historic/Historical, industrial organization, Organization/Organizations/ Organizational/ Organize/ Organizers/ Organized/ Organizing, Ship/Ships/Shipping, TECHNOLOGY|
The Flemings first began building ships in the eleventh century; the Frisians followed suit in the northern Netherlands during the Middle Ages. The fourteenth & fifteenth centuries saw larger ships built by trade towns, & the seventeenth & eighteenth brought centralized shipbuilding locations, resulting in lower prices. Independent shipbuilders banded together in guilds, & the master builders obtained the contracts & owned or leased the wharfs. Eighteenth century industrialization resulted in a decline of design development, but also in lower costs, faster production, & standardization. Guild-inspired competition for quality in the nineteenth century brought renewal of design & technology. S. Stanton.