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'This Great Complex Concern': Victualling the Royal Navy on the East Indies station, 1780–1815

'This Great Complex Concern': Victualling the Royal Navy on the East Indies station, 1780–1815

Wilcox, Martin (2011) 'This Great Complex Concern': Victualling the Royal Navy on the East Indies station, 1780–1815. The Mariner's Mirror, 97 (2). pp. 32-48. ISSN 0025-3359 (Print), 2049-680X (Online) (doi:10.1080/00253359.2011.10708933)

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Abstract

The East Indies station was the largest and most challenging area in which the Royal Navy operated during the long eighteenth century. Although operations on the station are well understood, its administration has until recently been the subject of little research. This article, which builds upon work by the author on the victualling of the Royal Navy during the wars of 1793–1815, examines how the East Indies squadron was victualled. It traces the system of purchases by agents during the 1780s, which was marred by corruption and disputes between the navy and East India Company, and how the system was altered by the engagement of contractors to provide food after 1789. In particular it focuses on how, under the controversial but effective Basil Cochrane, a robust victualling system was established which made a crucial contribution to eventual British dominance in the eastern seas.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] The Mariner's Mirror is the quarterly journal of the Society for Nautical Research.
Uncontrolled Keywords: East Indies, Royal Navy, victualling, eighteenth century
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Pre-2014 Departments: Greenwich Maritime Institute
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Last Modified: 27 Mar 2017 09:32
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6379

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