British Ships in Indian Waters
Supplementary resources for FIBIS Guide 2 - British Ships in Indian Waters: Their Owners, Crew and Passengers by Richard Morgan, available in the FIBIS Shop.
Links to FIBIS transcriptions and fibiwiki resources can be found below and will be updated as additions are made.
|Author's updates to the first edition appear below in blue.|
FIBIS transcriptions and resources
Part I - HEICo Maritime Service
- East Indiamen - Crew lists
- East Indiamen warrants transcribed from TNA HO 118/1
- East Indiaman voyages 1816-1839 Summary of voyages, giving dates, destinations, names of Commanders, etc taken from IOR/L/Mil/9/97 and IOR/L/Mil/9/41-45.
- Indiaman paintings from the National Maritime Museum collection, 42 pictures used with permission.
- Arrival and Departure notices from directories, almanacs etc
- Passenger lists
- Embarkation records for HM and HEIC army recruits
Updates to the text - March 2014
|For those interested in what an East Indiaman looked like, a good model of HCS Falmouth is to be seen in the Docklands Museum, London, based, as I understand, on surviving detailed plans of the ship.
[page 7] Christopher Biden who had just retired as an HEICo Commander published in 1830 Naval Discipline, Subordination contrasted with Insubordination, etc. [Google Books] London 1830. Most of the book consists of detailed examples of HCS Commanders dealing or failing to deal with insubordination/mutiny in the period approximately 1790-1830.
[page 8] There are gaps in the Lists of Approvals:
[page 10] The Compensation records also apply to senior sailors – Boatswain, Tradesmen, etc. On occasions the pensions are payable to widows and dependents.
[page 16] The HEICo Court of Directors had several Committees most of whose Minutes do not survive. An important exception is the Committee of Shipping. Minutes for 1685-6 survive at L/MAR/1/1. The 1803-4 Minutes are at L/MAR/1/2 and Minutes for 1813-34 at L/MAR/1/3-26.
The Minutes cover appointments, chartering of ships, matters of discipline, etc., and pensions. Volumes are usually indexed at the front but often the Index refers to topics, not names, so a search in the full text is advisable.
Part II - Country Ships
- List of Free Merchants, Seafaring Men and other inhabitants of Bombay and Surrounds from 1720-80 from IOR O/5 series
Part III - Interlopers
Part IV - Marine
- Ships of the Bombay Marine and Indian Navy taken from Charles Rathbone Low's History of the Indian Navy
- Officers of the Bombay Marine and Indian Navy derived from Charles Rathbone Low's History of the Indian Navy
- List of European Seamen in the HEIC Marine at Bombay and Surat 1766 from IOR O/5/31
- List of European Seamen Dead, Run and Discharged since the 31st December 1764 from IOR O/5/31
- Indian Navy family pension records from IOR L/AG/23/18
- List of Branch Pilots from 1847-1888, showing the date on which they joined the Service. Taken from Malcolm Beatties' On the Hooghly.
Part V - Commercial shipping
- Small ships arriving into Liverpool Ships' Musters of vessels arriving into Liverpool transcribed from TNA record series BT98/85
- South Australian mariners' tickets 1897-1920
- IOR Marine records on LDS films
- Ship types - explanation of various ship types
- Lists of Persons Saved or Lost wreck of the "Princess Amelia" which caught fire off Cannanore on 5th April 1798