Archive Results For: East India Company

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

The Third Dutch War in the East (1672–4)

By C. R. Boxer

Boxer provides details of the little known encounters that took place in the Far East following France and England declaring war on the Dutch in April 1672. The French had sent a powerful force to the Indies in 1670, with the longer-term intention of displacing the Dutch as the major trading nation in the region. […] Read More

Filed under: Dutch Wars | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Merchant Marines

The Last Battlefleet Struggle in the Bay of Bengal

By Admiral G.A. Ballard

Following the declaration of war in1778 both France and Britain dispatched squadrons to Indian waters, which were progressively reinforced as the campaign progressed.   The French fleet was initially under the command of Admiral D’Orves but he succumbed to tropical disease and was succeeded by Suffren. The French succeeded in giving some support to the land […] Read More

Filed under: American Revolution | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Navies

The First and Second Anglo-French Conflicts in the Indian Ocean

By Admiral G. A. Ballard

The war of the Spanish succession saw the French naval power dramatically reduced. With the cessation of the hostilities in 1713, Paris slowly tried to regain a position from which to control the eastern trade. In 1735, the French claimed the island of Mauritius, 2500 miles off Bombay, and appointed Bertrand de la Burdonnaise as […] Read More

Filed under: Seven Years’ War | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Logistics | Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship

The Downfall of Portugal in the East

By Admiral G A Ballard

Commercial and violent conflict in the 1620s-1660, in the Indian Ocean and what became the Dutch East Indies are surveyed, identifying the European powers’ strengths and weaknesses. The Dutch and English balance, between numbers of ships and holdings ashore, was more successful than Portugal’s. Good relations in Europe did not necessarily inhibit violent action in […] Read More

Filed under: Dutch Wars | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines | Navies

The Pearl’s Brigade in the Indian Mutiny

By Edward Fraser

In 1857 the Pearl provided a Naval Brigade which was engaged in an “open warfare” campaign in North-West Bengal lasting fifteen months. The crew, with the guns, joined the existing Field Force near Faizabad, some 600 miles upriver, dealing with sepoy mutineers and safe-guarding the country between the Ganges and the Nepal frontier.   The various […] Read More

Filed under: Mutiny & Discipline | Other (Nineteenth C) | East India Company | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

The East India Company and Interlopers

By H. S. Vaughan

Vaughan’s short article answers a query (No. 95) raised in an earlier issue concerning the change of name of the New East India Company. His research in the St. Helena archives tends to show that by 1701 the company was being referred to as The New East India Company, although officially the name had changed […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration

Neptune As Defendant

By W. Senior

Mr. C. W. Maw, a new cadet, refused to participate in a crossing the line ceremony on his passage to India aboard the East India Company ship, Scaleby Castle in 1801. In addition to a private infirmity, he did not want to submit to a crew who he described a mostly “orientals”. On deck he […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration

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