Historic economic data shipping?

29th March 2013, 00:40
Hi Fellows!

...I am currently researching a ship which lasted from 1896 to 1947 and survived 2 WWs, the crash in the 1920s and changed hands several times!

Now, having experianced the "recent" shipping slumps personally of the early 70s, late 80s, late 90s and recently since 2008, still going on, I wonder where to find info on freight rates, insurance premiums, coal prices etc. and lay ups etc. since the 1890s.

Also on economic fundamentals and exchange rates based on (or compared with) cost of living.

Would anyone know where to find such data?