Phillip Frank Reid
305 N. 23rd St.
Wilmington NC 28405 USA
French (reading strong)
Ph.D. with distinction, History, Memorial University of Newfoundland, May 2017. Dissertation title: “A Very Good Sailer: Merchant Ship Technology and the Development of the British Atlantic Empire, 1600—1800.” Advisor: Neil M. Kennedy.
M.A., Maritime History & Nautical Archaeology, East Carolina University, 1998. Thesis title: “The German Barque Peking: History, Restoration and Interpretation of a Cape Horn Sailing Ship.” Advisor: Michael A. Palmer.
B.A., Humanities & Social Sciences, Hendrix College, 1990.
A Boston Schooner in the Royal Navy, 1768–1772: Commerce and Conflict in Maritime British America (Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, April 2023).
The Merchant Ship in the British Atlantic, 1600–1800: Continuity and Innovation in a Key Technology (Leiden: Brill, 2020).
Articles and chapters
“’Shipped a great deal of sea’: Navigating the British Atlantic in the Eighteenth Century.” Itinerario, forthcoming, 2023.
“Risk, Uncertainty, and the British Atlantic Merchant Ship as a Technology for Profit, 1600—1800.” International Journal of Maritime History, forthcoming 2023.
“Revisiting ‘the Brigantine Problem’: the origins and development of eighteenth-century two-masted square-rigged ship types,” with Nick Burningham, Mariner’s Mirror 108:4 (November 2022), 407—22.
“Conveyance and Commodity: The Ordinary Merchant Ship in the British Atlantic, 1600—1800,” in Victoria Barnett-Woods, ed., Cultural Economies of the Atlantic World: Objects and Capital in the Transatlantic Imagination (London: Routledge, 2020). Winner, 2021 Elizabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize, National Coalition of Independent Scholars
“Notes from a published treatise in an ordinary eighteenth-century shipwright’s journal,” Mariner’s Mirror 104:1 (January 2018), 79—83.
“The Ordinary Merchant Ship in the British Atlantic, 1600—1800: A Call for Further Research,” International Journal of Maritime History 29:4 (November 2017), 911—26.
“Something ventured: Dangers and risk mitigation for the ordinary British Atlantic merchant ship, 1600-1800,” Journal of Transport History 38:2 (December 2017), 196—212.
“The Time Machine? Using Replica Analysis to Understand Merchant Ships and the Development of the British Atlantic, 1600-1800,” The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord 26:3 (July 2016), 299—316.
Scholarly Papers and Presentations
“A Boston Schooner in the Royal Navy, 1768—1772: Commerce and Conflict in Maritime British America,” North American Society for Oceanic History Annual Conference, Wilmington NC, June 2022
“Letters, Lines, and Logs: Researching the Early Modern British Atlantic Merchant Ship,” National Coalition of Independent Scholars, online, June 2022.
“Technical Expertise and Doing History” roundtable discussion—convener, moderator, and discussant, Society for the History of Technology and History of Science Society Joint Annual Conference, online, November 2021
“Rational Strategies for Managing Maritime Risk in the Early Modern Atlantic,” Risk and Uncertainty in the Premodern World Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, online, November 2021
“The Interceptions of HM Schooner Sultana on the Eastern Seaboard, 1768—1772: A snapshot of inbound maritime commerce at some principal British American ports,” International Postgraduate Port and Maritime Studies Network Annual Conference, University of Stirling, Scotland, online, August 2021
“Pre-Modern Technological and Economic Innovation,” conference session organizer, The Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, October 2018
“Stasis and Change in a Key Artisanal Technology: The Merchant Ship in the British Atlantic, 1600—1800,” Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, October 2018
“British Atlantic Merchant Ships, 1600—1800: An Agenda for Further Research,” part of panel, North American Society for Oceanic History Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, May 2017
“The Time Machine? Using Replica Analysis to Understand Merchant Ships, 1600-1800,” part of panel “Post-Mortem on the Sea,” North American Society for Oceanic History Conference, Monterey, California, 2015
“Using Replica Ships for British Atlantic Maritime History: Important Questions and Experiments,” Tall Ships America Annual Conference, online, 4 February
“Episode 309: Merchant Ships of the Eighteenth Century,” Ben Franklin’s World podcast, hosted by Liz Covart, 17 August 2021
“The Merchant Ship in the British Atlantic, 1600–1800,” New Books Network podcast, hosted by Mark Klobas, 20 July 2020
“The Sailing Ship as Early Modern Technology: Understanding the Maritime Environment in Its Own Time,” Maritime Studies Research Unit, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 7 November 2019
CBC Radio Newfoundland & Labrador, On the Go with Ted Blades, St. John’s, Newfoundland, 6 November 2019
“The Ship IS the Treasure: Why Alexandria’s Eighteenth-Century Ship is Important,” The Lyceum, Alexandria, Virginia, October 2017
Board, National Coalition of Independent Scholars, 2022–25
Reviewer for Eighteenth Century Studies, Technology & Culture, Journal of Transport History
Grants and prizes committees, National Coalition of Independent Scholars
Elizabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize Committee, National Coalition of Independent Scholars
Academic Awards and Distinctions
Elizabeth Eisenstein Essay Prize, National Coalition of Independent Scholars, 2021
Special Research Support Grant, National Coalition of Independent Scholars, 2021
Anderson Bequest Research Grant, Society for Nautical Research, 2021
Research Grant, National Coalition of Independent Scholars, 2020
Carter Fellowship, Early American Industries Association, Spring 2019
Research grant, Tomlin Fund, Society for Nautical Research, Winter 2018
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences nominee, Governor-General’s Gold Medal, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Spring 2017
Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2017
John Scholes Transport History Research Essay Prize, International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, 2016
Recognition of Excellence, School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2016
A.G. Hatcher Memorial Scholarship, Memorial University, 2015
Short-Term Research Fellowship, Peabody Essex Museum/Phillips Library, 2015
Clark G. Reynolds Student Paper Award, North American Society for Oceanic History, 2015
Scholarship in the Arts Research Travel Grant, Department of History, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2015
Graduate Research Fellowship, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2012-2016
Graduate Research Fellowship, East Carolina University, 1996-1998
National Merit Scholarship, Hendrix College, 1986-1987
Teaching Assistant, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of History, 2012-2014
Adjunct Instructor of History, Cape Fear Community College, 2001-2011
Teaching Assistant, East Carolina University, Department of History, 1996-1998
Coordinator of Public Programs, Gaston County Museum of Art & History, Dallas, North Carolina, 1998-2000
American Historical Association
International Maritime History Association
Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture
North American Society for Oceanic History
Society for Nautical Research (UK)
Society for the History of Technology
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies