Building for the Royal Navy


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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