On This Day: 27 July 1706

On this day in 1706, Jacob Larwood in Amsterdam wrote to Thomas Bowrey in London advising him that Bowrey’s Rising Sun had arrived there in convoy with fifteen (Dutch?) East India Company ships and six other English East India ships. Two other English ships either arrived separately or had been separated from the convoy (it is not clear which).

In the complex geopolitical world of the 17th and 18th centuries, in 1706 the English and Dutch were allies. England was at war with the French and Spanish. Thus, it was safe for English ships to travel in convoy with Dutch ships for safety.

The Rising Sun had been repaired in Flushing following the Great Storm of 1703. Since then, she had been on a trading voyage in the East Indies. Larwood’s letter brought Bowrey welcome news of her safe return. The Rising Sun was to complete her return safely to London the following month.

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