Archive Results For: East India Company

Managing a Global Enterprise in the Eighteenth Century: Anthony Calvert of The Crescent, London, 1777–1808

By Gary Sturgess and Ken Cozens

Camden, Calvert & King, a major London shipping firm of the late eighteenth century, was one of the first medium-sized enterprises in Britain to operate on a global scale. They are well known to historians of the African slave trade and Australian convict transportation, but they also sent vessels to the Continent and the Americas, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Eighteenth Century | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

A Winter in Yalong Bay

By Stephen Davies

In December 1784 the two ships of the last voyage of the Swedish East India Company’s Third Charter wintered in Yalong Bay on the south coast of Hainan Island, China. This was an unusual event and someone in one of the ships involved, the Gustaf Adolph, chose to commemorate the experience with a variety of China […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific | East India Company
Subjects include: Art & Music | Merchant Marines

‘This Great Complex Concern’: Victualling the Royal Navy on the East Indies Station, 1780–1815

By Martin Wilcox

The East Indies station was the largest and most challenging area in which the Royal Navy operated during the long eighteenth century. Although operations on the station are well understood, its administration has until recently been the subject of little research. This article, which builds upon work by the author on the victualling of the […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics

‘Eminent Service’: War, Slavery and the Politics of Public Recognition in the British Caribbean and the Cape of Good Hope c. 1782–1807

By John McAleer

The presentation of gifts to successful naval officers in recognition of their achievements provides insights into the political and commercial priorities of those who made the presentations. Many of these ‘objects of esteem’ are in the National Maritime Museum. They provide important insight into the social and economic context and the motives of the donors, […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Other (Eighteenth C) | Caribbean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

From Calm to Storm: the Origins of the Beaufort Wind Scale

By Dennis Wheeler and Clive Wilkinson

A sample of 2,700 in Royal Navy eighteenth century logbooks was examined to show that terminology describing wind strengths gradually became standardised during the century. Analysis shows that by 1800 terminology to record wind strengths was evolving and becoming increasingly detailed but that use of adjectives to qualify the term “gale” was not yet standard. […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

Between Newfoundland and the Malacca Strait: a Survey of the Golden Age of Piracy, 1695-1725

By Arne Bialuschewskia

In terms of the intensity of activity the thirty years between 1695 and 1725 were the “Golden Age” of piracy afloat. Early modern piracy flourished because it offered material gains rather than being a proletarian reaction to harsh working conditions at sea. Three widely-separated areas saw intense activity in turn between 1695 and 1725: the […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pirates | Indian Ocean | Caribbean | East India Company
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

East India Company Shipping Losses in the Late Eighteenth Century: the Case of the Henry Addington

By James H. Thomas

The paper aims to illuminate one of the most serious operational problems faced by the East India Company, the physical and financial loss caused by shipwreck. The article takes the example of the wrecking of Henry Addington to shed light on the role of crewing and experience, pilotage and navigation in the operational problems of […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks | East India Company
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Note: Edwin Fox – Last of the East Indiamen

By A.T. Mortiboy

The preservation of the Edwin Fox, the world’s ninth-oldest ship, has enabled a study of a vessel with a varied career. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific | East India Company
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Merchant Marines

Documents: The Taking of Geeriah Fort and Town 1756 Amphibious Operations in Indian Waters

By courtesy of Jeremy Franks

This is a transcript of a manuscript in the Indian papers of Christopher Henrik Braad (1728-81). McGonen (or McGovern or McGowan), its signatory, was an observer on board HMS Kent and on shore with troops. Well informed on points of military detail, he seems to be a soldier. In the account of the attack on […] Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Lord Melville, the Admiralty and the Coming of Steam Navigation

By Peter Hore

  In the 1820s and early 1830s Robert Saunders Dundas, 2nd Lord Melville andFirst Lord of the Admiralty, and Admiral Sir Thomas Byam Martin, Comptroller/Controller of the Navy, executed a secret plan to buy up the latest steam engines.   Knowing also that steam could not be introduced at sea until sufficient stockpiles of coal existed, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Other (Nineteenth C) | Mediterranean | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics

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