The Bristol Record Society has put most of its publications, with the exception of the most recent volumes, online. You can search through dozens of volumes pertaining to this great port city, the site of much mercantile activity during the Age of Sail. A plethora of primary source material will be found here. N.B.: The volumes are slow to load because of their size. Another interesting read is this 1886 work – The port of Bristol. Handbook containing dues, rates and charges, dock and pilotage regulations, statistics, and general information for ship-owners and merchants. And these works by John Latimer, while secondary in nature, will prove valuable.
Works on the Port City of Bristol