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Dr Helen Doe

Honorary Research Fellow


01392 723307


Research interests are in the field of maritime business history. In the main this relates to all types of business in the shipping industry from the nineteenth to the twentieth century. This can include shipbuilding, ship owning, ship management and insurance. Particualr areas of research include illegal business such as smuggling, the role of businesswomen and business leadership.

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Current research

Influence and impact of Brunel's early steamship

 Power and authority,  the relationship between the master and the managing owner

General research interests

Ship insurance in the 20th century, Mutual Protection and Indemnity Clubs

Maritime business history from late eighteenth to the twentieth century

Shipbuilding, shipping investment, ship insurance, ship broking, ship management and the business of smuggling and trades such as chandlery, sailmaking and blockmaking

Women in Business

Maritime Communities, particularly mariner, merchant and smuggling communities

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After a career in IT with a multi-national company and running a marketing consultancy business, I gained my masters degree in Maritime History followed by my doctorate at University of Exeter.


Fellow, Royal Historical Society

Treasurer, British Commission for Maritime History

Trustee, S S Great Britain

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More information

Books (author)   A Fair and Commodious Haven: The History of the Harbour of Fowey. (Redruth: Tor Mark Press, 2010)   From Coastal Sail to Global Shipping: A History of the Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association, 1909 to 2009  (SIMSL, October 2009)   Enterprising Women and Shipping in the Nineteenth Century, (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, September 2009)   An Introduction to Cornish Maritime History, (Redruth: Tor Mark Press, Jan 2007)   Jane Slade of Polruan, (Redruth: Truran, 2002)   Peer reviewed Journal Articles   ‘Travelling by Staying at Home: Women in Small Ports and their Overseas Connections in the Nineteenth Century’, Journal of Transport History, Vol 32 Part 2 (Jan 2011)   ‘Waiting for her Ship to come in: The Female Investor in Nineteenth Century Shipping’, Economic History Review, Vol.63, No.1, February 2010, pp.85-106.   ‘‘I too would find my ship’: Daphne du Maurier’s Passion for the Sea’ in Women: a Cultural Review, Taylor and Francis, Vol. 20 Issue 1 (April 2009), 74-88.   ‘The Business of Shipbuilding: Dunn and Henna of Mevagissey, 1799-1806’, International Journal of Maritime History, XVIII, No. 2 (December 2006), 187-217.   ‘The Smuggler’s Shipbuilder’, The Mariner’s Mirror, Vol.92, No.4 (November, 2006), 427-442.   ‘Politics, Property and Family Resources: The Business Strategies of Small Shipbuilders’, Journal of Family and Community History, Vol. 4, No. 1, (May 2001), 59-72.     Books (editor)   Maritime History of Cornwall(co editor and contributor with Professor P. Payton and Dr. A. Kennerley), University of Exeter Press, forthcoming 2011.   Books (contributor)   ‘The Long Reach of the Small Port: Influences and Connections in Small English Ports in Nineteenth Century’ in Schulte Beerbuhl, M., (ed) Cosmopolitan Networks (London: German Historical Institute, forthcoming February 2010)   ‘Thames Shipbuilders in the Napoleonic Wars’, Conference Proceedings, 3rd Thames Shipbuilders Conference Greenwich. August, 2006, 10-21.   ‘Positions, Patronage and Preference: Political Influence in Fowey before 1832’ in Payton, P. (ed.) Cornish Studies: Twelve, (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2005), 249-267.

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