Directory of East India Company Ships

East India Company Ships provides the researcher with a list of those ships in the service of the Company. It is a site under construction, but it is one that is continuously updated. Presently, one can look up vessels by their name and retrieve whatever extant information has been presented: type of rig, tonnage, years of service, number of voyages, etc. Also wrecked, captured, or missing ships can also be searched. The Calendar of State Papers: Colonial: East Indies, China, and Japan offer insights into this part of the world dating back to the 16th century. In addition, The English Factories in India, a multi-volume undertaking, is a fascinating read of the Company’s businesses between 1618 and 1660. The BBC offers a good overview of the EIC as does the Victorian Web.

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