Drammen in the 19th century
The traditional timber trade between Tayside and Scandinavia collapsed at the beginning of the 19th century, firstly as a result of the Napoleonic war and then later by the imposition of high levels of duty on foreign wood. The intention behind this was the support of the North American colonies whose only exportable commodity was timber.
It picked up a little again towards the end of the 1820s though not to former levels. The one exception was Drammen as a source of battens (sawn planks), over 95% of Dundee's imported battens coming from this port in 1829.
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