Archive Results For: East India Company

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

Purchase in the Navy

By David Hannay

Noting that a system of purchase had existed in the East India Company, but not in the Royal Navy, the author describes two cases where Royal Navy officers joining their ship made payments to their predecessors; from such cases a system of purchase might have developed. Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Navies

Note: An Early Russian and some Dutch Flags

By W G Perrin

Perrin provides two drawings of flags copied from a Van der Velde drawing of a yacht saluting a Dutch East Indiaman. He explains the origin of the flags, with that on the left being carried by an East Indiaman of the Amsterdam Chamber and that on the right being the Russian Mercantile Marine standard. Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | East India Company | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

The Last of the East Indiamen

By W.B. Whall

This article recounts the end of the era of “John Company’s” ships. The regulation by Act of Parliament of the conditions of service is explained, and the reasons for its having been the source of huge wealth outlined.   When the monopoly ceased in 1814, along with the China trade in 1834, the ships were taken […] Read More

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

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