Archive Results For: East India Company

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: Atlantic | Tudors | 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 | Antarctic | East India Company | 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

Colbert’s Grand Indian Ocean Fleet of 1670

By Glen Joseph Ames

Although not as well-known as its English and Dutch contemporaries, France also established an East India Company at the beginning of the Seventeenth Century. However it was not until Louis XIV came to power that any positive moves were made to break into the Indian Ocean trade, with a large royal fleet being despatched to […] Read More

Filed under: Dutch Wars | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Ostend Trade to Moka and India (1714–1735): The Merchants and Supercargos

By Jan Parmentier

Parmentier examines this lesser known but significant aspect of the East India trade. Beginning with the Treaty of Utrecht (1713), he describes in some detail how Flemish merchants, working together, attracted enough speculative finance to manage and equip their own ships to trade, initially very successfully, with Yemen, India’s East Coast and beyond.  Eventually profits […] Read More

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

The Discovery of Australia’s North-West Coast and an Incident at Macassar in 1616

By A. de Booy

The voyage to the East Indies by a fleet of eleven Dutch merchantmen in 1616 was plagued by mishaps. The Eendracht, lacking the means to ascertain longitude, took the wrong course and accidentally sighted Australia becoming probably the first Dutch vessel to visit the north-west coast. When the Eendracht reached Macassar the crew found a […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Science & Exploration

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