Archive Results For: East India Company

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

Some Danish Indiamen at the Cape of Good Hope

By W. Wilfried Schuhmacher

This provides a brief record of Danish ships stopping off at the Cape of Good Hope in 1775, during the golden period of Danish trade with India and China. One of these ships was seen there that year by Captain James Cook on his Second Voyage. Cook described the ship as an ‘Indiaman’ but it […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous

The Wreck of the S.S. Sarah Sands: The Victoria Cross Warrant of 1858

By Glanville J. Davies

The Sarah Sands was an auxiliary screw steamer launched in 1846 and designed to travel primarily under sail. By 1857, she was a well-worked ship but unsuited for use as a troopship. Nevertheless, the Indian Mutiny caused the ship to be hired to carry the 54th Regiment of Foot to India. A fire 800 miles […] Read More

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

Parry of a Threat to India, 1768-1774

By Nicholas Tracy

There was a very real threat to British interests in India.  The frequent espionage between Britain and France motivated individuals in the British government to first increase than again reduce the Naval forces in India, thus alleviating the threat.   It was a “cat and mouse” game between the two countries.  Britain succeeded in protecting their […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Wreck of the Dutch East Indiaman Amsterdam

By Peter Marsden

This article summarizes the results of a physical (non-invasive) and documentary investigation of the Amsterdam, a Dutch East Indiaman, which foundered off the southeast coast of England, in 1749. The ship was part of the Dutch East India Company’s “Autumn fleet” comprised of 12 merchant ships bound for Batavia, Java.  The Amsterdam’s maiden voyage, plagued […] Read More

Filed under: East India Company
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration

William Keeling and Hendrick Jansz. Craen: an Encounter at Sea in 1609

By A. de Booy

Demonstrates how vessels from the East India Company and the V.O.C. collaborated in seamanship despite the fierce commercial competition the two were engaged in. Using ships journals from Keeling and Craen de Booy shows how both captains worked collaboratively to return to Europe after the Hector and the Gelderland encountered each other off the coast […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Pacific | East India Company
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines

British Surveys in the Chagos Archipelago and Attempts to Form a Settlement at Diego Garcia in the Late Eighteenth Century

By William A. Spray

A study of early British attempts to locate a naval base in the Indian Ocean outside the Indian subcontinent. The search was initiated by the East India Company’s Bombay administration in the 1770s in response to the French occupation of the Seychelles and focused on Diego Garcia. In 1785 a decision was taken to settle […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Science & Exploration | Strategy & Diplomacy

Hear Instruction and be Wise: The History of a Naval College on Java in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century

By F C van Oosten

The calibre of Dutch seamen, particularly qualified navigators, was in a parlous position with the erosion of trade by foreign competition following the peace of Utrecht in 1713. In 1740 Gustav von Imhoff , a prominent member of the Dutch East India Company, proposed a system of education and a re-arrangement of the Company’s ships […] Read More

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

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