East India Company Shipping Losses in the Late Eighteenth Century: the Case of the Henry Addington

By James H. Thomas, published February 2004


The paper aims to illuminate one of the most serious operational problems faced by the East India Company, the physical and financial loss caused by shipwreck. The article takes the example of the wrecking of Henry Addington to shed light on the role of crewing and experience, pilotage and navigation in the operational problems of the company. Concurrently the case also raises the attendant issues of pilferage and security and the demands this put on company agents.

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

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