Archive Results For: East India Company

Merchantmen of War in Nelson’s Day

By Bruce Dickens

This article gives an account of how a mixed fleet of East Indiamen and privately owned merchantmen successfully defended themselves against a French squadron of men-o-war. The merchantmen with aggression and determination pressed home their attack and emerged triumphant against the French. The article also includes an interesting insight into the career of the French […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

The Steamers of the Brahmaputra and the Ganges

By Basil Greenhill

Side-paddle steamers enabled the exploitation of the extensive river systems exiting into the north of the Bay of Bengal.   In 1833, a steamboat service was established on the Ganges. Calcutta to Allahabad, five hundred miles, took a month; comparatively swift. Coal logistics were expensive and as the railway expanded up the Ganges, so the steamer […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | East India Company | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Logistics | Merchant Marines | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

Shipping and the East India Docks, 1802-38

By George Pattison

The East India Docks, built to accommodate the largest of the East Indiamen, opened in 1806. From his research in the Minutes of the East India Dock Company, Pattison identified numerous challenges faced by the company during its first thirty-six years of operation. Not least of these was vessels arriving in a poor condition and […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | East India Company | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards

The Society Annual Lecture 1962: The Dutch East-Indiamen: their Sailors, their Navigators, and Life on Board, 1602–1795

By C. R. Boxer

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the Dutch led the world in trade with the East-Indies. The Dutch East-India Company (VOC) was divided into six chambers, Amsterdam, Middleburg, Rotterdam, Delft, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, with a central board, the Heeren XVII, or ‘Gentlemen Seventeen’. Its main trading vessels, retour-schepen or ‘return-ships’, were used for the long […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Health at Sea | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

he East India Company and the Organization of its Shipping in the Early Seventeenth Century

By K. N. Chaudhuri

The article traces the history of shipbuilding by the East India Company in the Thames at Blackwall and Deptford, making use of the extensive archive of material in the India Office Library.   By 1621 the Company employed 2,500 seamen, in 10,000 tons of shipping. They were larger than the average merchant vessel, designed as they […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | East India Company | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Some Early Accounts of the Oriental Boat

By A.H. Hill

Records of sixteenth and seventeenth century mariners and travellers can provide a wealth of information, both written and pictorial, regarding the construction and use of boats in South East Asia. Here, the author examines the descriptions and diagrams of native craft made by early modern Portuguese, English and Dutch travellers. Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

M.A. De Ruyter, 1607 – 1676

By C.R. Boxer

Seventeenth Century Dutch Admiral, Michiel Adrianszoon De Ruyter is regarded as one of history’s greatest Admirals and as a national hero of the Netherlands. Beginning life at sea as a cabin boy and ending his career a revered fleet commander during the Dutch Wars, he fought in over fifty sea battles (including the extraordinary raid […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Dutch Wars | North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Caribbean | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Merchant Marines

Some Chronicles of the Larkins Family: the Loss of the Warren Hastings, 1806 Part II

By E. W. Bovill F.S.A.

Homeward bound, alone in the Indian Ocean, the East Indiaman Warren Hastings was intercepted by the French frigate La Piemontaise, more heavily gunned and with nearly treble the complement. After resisting five attacks over four and a half hours the Warren Hastings was so much disabled that Captain Larkins was obliged to surrender. After his […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Miscellaneous

The Society Annual Lecture 1950: The Shipping Interests of the Honourable East India Company

By E. W. Bovill

Bovill had a personal interest in the East India Company, with his mother’s predecessors having been involved with the company, as shipowners, between 1758 and 1834. Like many of their associates his family, the Larkins, leased their vessels to the East India Company. The Company policy was to not own ships but to hire them […] Read More

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

The Loss and Recapture of St Helena, 1673

By G.C. Kitching

Important to both the Dutch and English East India Companies, this article explores the capture of St Helena under Governor Beale by the Dutch on 1 January 1673 under General Jacob de Gens and its subsequent recapture in May by the British under Munden. There are additional details on various other events on the island […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Dutch Wars | East India Company
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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