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Coal laden for Belfast

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 34, 2018


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By Arthur Bell

Shipping intelligence - news of the arrival and departure of vessels - reflected the importance of shipping at a time when world trade was growing rapidly and goods were still brought and distributed on water - by sea, river, lake and canal. The boilers of the mills in Killyleagh were powered by coal brought to the harbour owned by the local coal merchant.