Archive Results For: East India Company

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 (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth 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

The London East India Company’s First Expedition

By H. Borton Butcher

  The author explains the background of the first English expedition (1601) commanded by James Lancaster, as competitors of the Dutch, but well received by these until 1609, when Spain made a truce with them. In a long and much documented paper he details the well-armed fleet which sailed from Tor Bay, giving the characteristics […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Merchant Marines | Miscellaneous | Weapons

Models of Dutch East-Indiamen, 1716 to 1725

By R. C. Anderson

Since writing in the January 1930 MM, Anderson has discovered another model of a Dutch East-Indiaman, which led him to re-examine the previously researched models. The Dutch East India Company rated their ships as either 160, 145 or 130 feet but these lengths are confusing due to the use of either ‘Amsterdam’ or ‘Rhineland’ feet, […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company | Other (location)
Subjects include: Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

Trincomali

By Captain L.H.S.C. Cary R.N.

This article traces the long struggle carried on between the European colonial powers to take and hold possession of Trincomali over the period from 1622, when the Portuguese first occupied it in alarm at the possibility of the Dutch forming establishments in the island, to the end of the Napoleonic Wars with particular reference to […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | French Revolution | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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