Archive Results For: Indian Ocean

Note: Spritsails

By L Arenhold (Kiel)

Arenhold provides a sketch and detailed explanation of a vessel he encountered in the Indian Ocean in the 1970s. Although schooner-hulled it was clearly locally built and manned. The most striking feature of this unusual ship was the spritsail which was tensioned by two large stones, rather than the normal sheets. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Dictionary Words

By E du Boulay

Du Boulay provides a number of nautical words taken from a “Collection of Voyages and Travels”, which was published in 1745. The words had been used by Sir Francis Drake in his diary of his voyage to the Pacific in 1577 and from the records of the first Dutch vessels to sail to the East […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Francis Drake | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Purchase in the Navy

By David Hannay

Noting that a system of purchase had existed in the East India Company, but not in the Royal Navy, the author describes two cases where Royal Navy officers joining their ship made payments to their predecessors; from such cases a system of purchase might have developed. Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Navies

Some Naval Courts-Martial 1701-2

By W. Senior

On the 2nd and 4th October, 1701, Captains Rumsey and Litttelon, who had been lately employed in suppressing pirates in the East Indies, are tried on board the Revenge in the Downs for “irregularities and undue practices,” In Litttelon’s case it is decided that the captain ” did carry in the ship under his command […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Decaen and Linois

By John Leyland

When in March 1803, a French squadron left Brest bound for Pondicherry in India, relations between the senior military officer General Decaen, and the Rear Admiral Linois were already strained. Decaen, appointed Captain-General of French establishments in India (now to be returned under the provisions of the Treaty of Amiens), believed that Linois was disrespectful […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Napoleonic War | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies

An Early-Victorian Windfall

By W. Senior

In June of 1844, Sir Edward Belcher and two boats from HMS Samarang were engaged in surveying the Molucca Islands when they encountered a hostile group of natives. The British retaliated by burning the local village and several prahus (outrigger canoes) drawn up on the beach. That night the natives responded by sending fifteen large […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Science & Exploration

The Last of the East Indiamen

By W.B. Whall

This article recounts the end of the era of “John Company’s” ships. The regulation by Act of Parliament of the conditions of service is explained, and the reasons for its having been the source of huge wealth outlined.   When the monopoly ceased in 1814, along with the China trade in 1834, the ships were taken […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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