|This report from Bomanjee Jamsetjee, of the Wadia shipbuilders in
Bombay, details work done over a three-week period in 1812 and is
mainly concerned with the building of HMS Cornwallis. The
Cornwallis was the first 74-gun ship of the line built in
India for the Royal Navy.
India has a long tradition of shipbuilding that predates the arrival
of Europeans by hundreds of years and of which the British were able
to take advantage. Just as not all Royal Navy vessels were built in
Britain, so neither were all its merchant ships. Bomanjee Jamsetjee
was one of a large family of Parsi master shipbuilders which had been
designing and building ships for the East India Company for generations.
National Maritime Museum MKH/136 (28 Dec 1812)
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