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Gavle in Sweden

  GAVLE, Sweden  It is believed that the name Gävle derives from the word gavel, meaning river banks in Old Swedish and referring to the Gavleån (Gävle River). The oldest settlement was called Gävle-ägarna, which means "Gavel-owners". This name was shortened to Gävle, then Gefle, and finally Gävle.

   Trade from the port of Gävle increased markedly during the 15th century when copper and iron began to be exported from the port. In order to ensure that all trade was via Stockholm, sailing to foreign ports from Gävle and a few other ports was forbidden. During the 16th century, Gävle was one of the most important port and merchant towns with many shipping companies and shipyards. In 1787 Gävle was awarded "free and unrestricted sailing rights" to and from foreign ports. This led to an increase in trade, which in turn led to an increase in buildings, industrial developments, trade and shipping. There is an 18th century warehouse near Gavlean River at Gavle in Sweden but there are no indications of flax or hemp being traded from Gavle.
    A petition of the Governor and Fellowship of the Eastland merchants. The ships are the "Endeavour" (Robert Chambers master, with ashes, flax and yarn from Memel)  "Fortune" from Libau, "William and Martha" from Riga and "Unity" from Gavall [Gafle]. Their loadings are not the product of nor have passed through any infected places and they were loaded at places where no infection was at the time of lading. The three ships from Quinsborough [Königsberg] were loaded before any infection was public there and the hemp on board is of the growth and package of Lithuania and the borders of Russland where no infection has been, and though the flax was packed at Quinsborough the labourers that packed it have continued in health ever since and the seamen who received same on board and stowed it do continue in perfect health.

   By order of the Queen in Council dated St. James's Dec. 25 inst. 1709 for the ship "Unity of Geste," Peter Unonius master, to be permitted to come up the river to discharge, her lading consisting only of iron and deals taken in at Gaval [Gavle] near Stockholm whence she came the latter end of August last and has performed quarantine and her men are in perfect health.

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