On This Day: 8 March 1702/03

On this day in 1703, the Worcester finally set sail for the East Indies from the Downs on her ill-fated voyage. The Supercargo, Robert Callant wrote from the ship at 7:30 a.m. that they were underway.

On the same day, William III died after falling from his horse at Hampton Court Palace. Writing to the ship a few days later, Bowrey seemed to believe that the hand-over of power to Queen Anne had gone well. He had been very concerned about the voyage of the Worcester. Is it possible that he mistakenly saw the smooth hand-over of power as a good omen?

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