Archive Results For: East India Company

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

Ships of India, 1834 – 1934

By Victor F.L. Millard

This article discusses the vessels of the Indian Navy as the ships of the East India Company were called after 1834. The Company was moving from sail to steam and the specification, construction and service career of several ships are described. Contributions to hostilities in China and the Crimea are recorded. The East India Company’s […] Read More

Filed under: WW1 | Interwar | Opium Wars | Crimean War | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Sidelights on Commodore Johnstone’s Expedition to the Cape Part II

By G. Rutherford

In 1781 Commodore Johnstone was sent with a small naval force and a mixed convoy to capture The Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch. The French had also sent reinforcements to the Cape under the command of Admiral Suffren. Suffren carried out an unsuccessful attack on Johnstone who was at anchor at Porto Praya […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

Sidelights on Commodore Johnstone’s Expedition to The Cape Part I

By G. Rutherford

In the first of a two-part study, the author addresses the antecedents to this 1781 expedition and the events leading up to the Battle of Porto Praya in the Cape Verde Islands. Originally conceived as a privateering expedition to Spanish South America, its eventual objective changed to taking the Cape of Good Hope settlement, following […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography | Strategy & Diplomacy

The Society Annual Lecture 1939: The Cape of Good Hope and its Many Masters

By Professor Eric Walker

Having detailed the location and geography of the Cape Peninsula, Professor Walker then proceeds to explain the attraction of the Peninsula to the Dutch, French, Portuguese and British during the years of the developing trade with the East. At different times, and for varying periods, these nations saw the Cape as the perfect ‘half-way house’ […] Read More

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

The Striped Flag of the East India Company, and its Connexion with the American “Stars and Stripes”

By Sir Charles Fawcett

The author, the then Editor of the India Office series The English Factories in India, commences by reviewing the complex evidence for the use made by the East India Company  in the seventeenth , eighteenth and nineteenth   centuries,  of flags containing varying numbers of alternating red and white stripes.  The top stripes were ‘ broken […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Revolution | East India Company
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Sir Nathaniel Dance’s Battle off Pulo Auro

By Col. R. St J. Gillespie

An account of the battle between French naval forces and a homeward-bound HEIC convoy off what is now Pulau Aru in the eastern approaches to Singapore Strait which took place on 15 February 1804.  Nathaniel Dance was senior captain in Lord Camden and as commodore of the convoy conducted a skilful defence, driving off the […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Nineteenth Century | Pacific | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Merchant Marines | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

Woodes Rogers Privateering Voyage of 1708 – 1711

By Lieutenant-Colonel B. M. H. Rogers, M.D.

This paper describes the dispute between the East India Company (EIC) and the backers of the privateering voyage of the Bristol ships Duke and Dutchess and their Spanish prize on their return to the Port of London. The dispute arose from the accusation of the EIC that the ships had breached the terms of their […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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