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Open Access Chapter XV: The dangers of war and shipping

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Chapter XV: The dangers of war and shipping

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In the first months of the war Dutch people were very reluctant to use the British mail. They did not want their letters and parcels checked by a British censor. The economic warfare and the war at sea presented neutral fleets with special dangers. Routes and the dangers posed by the war at sea were not the only problems hanging over Dutch shipping. Most Dutch seaborne transport was carried on Dutch ships. The Allied Powers needed their own freighters for transporting their own goods and troops. Lack of tonnage became even more acute because in 1915 and 1916 Dutch ships were needed for the transport of food, fertilizers, and fodder to Holland. Dutch shipping had become so disrupted by the war at sea being waged by the British and the Germans that even the crippled link between motherland and colony was presented as an achievement.

Keywords: Dutch shipping; war at sea



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