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An English East Indiaman
1720
Peter Monamy

An English East Indiaman 1720 Peter Monamy

The well-armed East Indiamen which sailed between India and London were often mistaken for men-of-war. By 1620 the East India Company operated nearly 40 such ships. At first, the company leased the ships from their owners, usually for no more than four voyages. Later on however, the Company established its own shipbuilding facilities at Deptford on the Thames.

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