"would sail for Bristol"

Bristol is a lively, compact city on the south west coast of England with a history stretching back over a thousand years. Connected to the North Atlantic Ocean by the Severn Estuary, which flows into the Bristol Channel, its fortunes have always been strongly connected with maritime trade. During the seventeenth century, it imported large quantities of sugar from the Caribbean and tobacco from North America. 

Shipping in the Bristol Channel (1837)
Public DomainShipping in the Bristol Channel (1837) - Credit: Joseph Walter

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