On This Day: 27 February 1703

According to the Abstract of the Ship Worcester‘s Proceedings on the Coast of Mallabar, in East-India, where the Crimes Charged are said to be Committed in The Case of … the Ship Worcester published in London in 1705, the Worcester arrived in Cochin (Kochi) in Kerala for the second time on this day in 1703.

A great deal has been written about the voyage of the Worcester at the time and every since. The ship was known to have been trading along the Malabar Coast at this time but this is the only source I have found with this detail. The source of the Worcester‘s detailed movements along the Coast is unknown. The papers carried on board, including the ship’s log, had disappeared whilst the ship was moored at Leith near Edinburgh. Perhaps details from the log were presented during the trial of Captain Thomas Green and his crew.

It is unlikely that we will ever know the detail of the Worcester‘s itinerary for certain and people are likely to continue to speculate about what actually happened.

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