Archive Results For: East India Company

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 | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics

Andrew Reid: an Eighteenth-century Supercargo

By Paul Muskett

East India Company supercargoes sent to Canton were allowed to supplement their income by speculation in Chinese gold. Andrew Reid, supercargo on the East Indiaman Normanton in 1735, was denied any allowance for gold dealings. Despite this, Reid purchased contraband gold which was smuggled back to England in 1738. After a difficult journey the gold […] Read More

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

Note: Early Dutch Steamships in Eastern Waters.

By Charles Dawson

These vessels and their owners are described as a follow-up to the MM article in 1995/3 by Colin Bains. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

‘I Shall Make Five Sons of Mine Fight for Their King and Country’: the Naval Sons of William IV and Mrs Jordan

By Hugh Owen

King William IV’s illegitimate sons William Courtney and George, Henry, Adolphus and Augustus Fitzclarence all had, at their father’s behest, careers of varying lengths and success in the Royal Navy. Although they possessed royal blood, they did not enjoy royal status, and so their careers were similar in content to, but rather better recorded than, […] Read More

Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

Henry Seckford: Sixteenth Century Merchant, Courtier and Privateer

By Susan Maxwell

Henry Seckford was a vigorous, thrusting and quite ruthless merchant and businessman, always seeking the best route to personal profit whilst at the same time serving others. Henry Seckford was hedging his bets too. From the evidence it seems he turned from the Spanish wine trade to more speculative ventures in less sure markets – […] Read More

Filed under: Tudors | Atlantic | English Channel | The Armada | Pacific | East India Company | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Science & Exploration | Strategy & Diplomacy

200 Years of Admiralty Charts and Surveys

By Roger Morriss

A scientific cartographer, Dalrymple was meticulous in everything he undertook. His charts were models of clarity and elegance, and as accurate as the surveys on which they were based. Most of the surveying and charting in the first half of the nineteenth century was more in support of trade than of military matters. The final […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Napoleonic War | WW1 | North Sea | Mutiny & Discipline | Mediterranean | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Arctic | East India Company | Antarctic | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Merchant Marines | Navies | Science & Exploration

The Schooner Jenny

By Alan D. Cass

The author follows the historical career of this late 18th-century trading vessel from her construction in Newfoundland in 1783 to her loss in 1797 off Lundy Island as indicative of the wide-ranging complexity of maritime life. Contracted by a Bristol merchant for the trans-Atlantic supply and fishing industries, Jenny was purpose-built two-masted to sail close […] Read More

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

The Voyage of the Eagle 1773

By Dr. James H. Thomas

The article details the sequence of events in 1773 that delayed the East India Company (E.I.C.) packet Eagle for eight months on its maiden voyage from England to Borneo. The vessel, outward bound from Gravesend, ran aground and was badly damaged. She limped into Portsmouth for navy sanctioned repairs at the dockyard, illustrating the relationship […] Read More

Filed under: English Channel | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

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