An East India Captain: the Early Career of Captain Richard Swanley

By M.C. Baumber, published August 1967


Biography of Richard Swanley an East India Company Captain, who wrote the detailed ship’s journal for the Jonas when it sailed under Captain Weddell in 1621. As Master of the James, Swanley participated in various actions, in 1625, against the Portuguese in the Persian Gulf under Botelho. Swanley commanded the East India fleet that sailed in 1628, before being part of Weddell attempt to create the Courteen’s Company to conduct trade as rivals to the East India Company and then probably went on to serve in the Parliamentary Fleet in the English Civil War before dying in 1650.

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Filed under: English Civil War | East India Company | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography | Merchant Marines

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