On This Day: 2 May 1702

About this day in 1702, the two Scottish Company’s ships, the Speedy Return and the Content, arrived at Madagascar. Here, they sold strong liquor to the English and French pirates on St Mary’s Isle.

Whilst there, to generate additional income the captains of the two ships, Robert Drummond and John Stewart, agreed to carry a consignment of slaves to Isle Bourbon which they sold to the French Governor.  At Isle Bourbon, they were visited by Captain Honeycomb of the East India Company ship, Rook. Honeycomb suspected that Drummond may have been a pirate.

The two Scottish ships returned to Madagascar. At their next stop on the island, they were taken by the pirates. This was to be a defining event in the case of Bowrey’s ship, the Worcester.


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