Using press reports of a minor shipwreck within Liverpool's port jurisdiction, this essay applies a microhistorical approach to examine the intersection of extreme weather, a dangerous shore, and the urban-maritime microcosm of a major port. It shows how an extreme weather event acted as a catalyst in reactivating debates about civic and social responsibility for seafarers in 1840s Liverpool. It considers how the experience of the shipwrecked crew was depicted by the press and their sufferings instrumentalized in discourse about the welfare of shipwreck survivors and sheds light on larger debates about charity and philanthropy.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Victorian Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Victorian Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 27 Oct 2021|