Captain Tyrrell and the East India Company

By J.G. Bullocke, published August 1926


Captain Tyrrell and the Phoenix were sent to Bombay in 1684 with the immediate object of suppressing the “mutiny” in Bombay and the more general task of eliminating the “interlopers” who were interfering with the East India Company’s monopoly of trade in the region. Although he captured several such vessels, neither he nor the King received the prize money. Worse, on his return Parliament refused to uphold the Company’s monopoly and obliged the latter to pay significant compensation to those whose ships had been taken. Captain Tyrrell himself went on to command the Anne, 70, at the Battle of Beachy Head and later the Ossory, 90, at La Hogue.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Administration | Biography

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