On This Day: 6 May 1703

On this day in 1703, Bowrey’s ship the Worcester was one day into her voyage from Anjango on the Malabar Coast of Indie to Bengal. The ship was leaking badly and many of the crew were sick with fever and fluxes (dysentery). A number had already died. It is probably at this stage of the voyage that the supercargo, Rober Callant fell ill.

There is no extant record of the Worcester‘s voyage through the Bay of Bengal but, if they were in danger of sinking, the ship’s carpenter could have carried out the risky procedure of going overboard to find and stop the leaks with tar or pitch while the ship was heeled over first to one side and then the other.

After a terrible voyage, the Worcester finally arrived at Calcutta on 11 June. It had taken over a month.

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