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What you will find in the search results

This website is about ships which were in the East India Company's merchant service, which operated from 1600 to 1834.

Sometimes the vessels were employed by the Company only for a short time as an interlude from being more normally employed elsewhere. See the FAQ about ship roles for more information about this. But if they were in the mercantile service for any period, however short, you will find them here.

Other services

Remember that the East India Company had other sea services, and there were also independent traders, some who had permission to trade and others who did not. These are not routinely covered here, although there may be one or two in the lists.

Finally, the term 'East Indiaman' was used fairly loosely and could refer not only to ships of the English East India Company (EIC) but also to the trading companies of other nations, such as the Dutch, Danish or French companies, and also more generally, to any ship trading to the east.

If you cannot find a ship you are searching for, have a look at the Help section.

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