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date: 26 November 2020

East Indiamen, 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea
Author(s):
 Dear Dear, Peter KempPeter Kemp

the name given to the ships of the various East India companies. The great national importance of these companies, particularly those of England and Holland, coupled with the rich returns of their monopoly of trade in the East, resulted in the building of proud and magnificent ships, as much for national and company prestige as for the actual trade. Ships of these companies, as large as any built in the world, were highly gilded and decorated with carving, and were finished internally as much for comfort and luxury for the officers and passengers as for cargo capacity. They were always armed as warships for protection against ... ...

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