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The Complete Absence of

Russian Flax/Hemp Bale Seals

from Baltic Ports in the 1840's

 

The Absence of Flax and Hemp

Seals from the Baltic State Ports

around the end of the 1840's.

 

  British Merchants lost faith in the grading of flax and hemp from the Baltic States and arranged a new system in 1829 ..  seemingly it was intended to solve the problem but this too finally collapsed around 1850 with no further Baltic seals to be found.

    However faith in the Archangel grading was still high and these port seals continued well beyond the end of the century.

    So unfortunately all of the 20,000 tons of flax and hemp which was imported into the port of Arbroath in 1881-82 from the Baltic States didn't have any seals attached.

   We did find 2 from Archangel, and there will be many more out there to be found.

Flax, Hemp & Tow Imports

for Arbroath 1881 - 1882

(From Arbroath Harbour: Imports and Exports 1881-83)

imported from

type

tons

seals

Riga

Riga

Riga

flax

hemp

tow

13,505

   369

   111

none

Pernau

Pernau

flax

tow

 1,815

   131

none

St Petersburg

St Petersburg

flax

tow

 1,953

    97

none

Cronstadt

flax

   436

none

Reval

Reval

flax

tow

   860

   226

none

Memel

Memel

flax

tow

   818

     1

none

Narva

Narva

flax

tow

   200

     1

none

Konigsberg

Konigsberg

flax

hemp

   157

    27

none

Libau

flax

   194

none

Archangel

Archangel

flax

tow

   604

   369

2

 

 

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