On This Day: 19 December 1703

On this day in 1703, Phillip Waldegave wrote to Thomas Bowrey from Mellford, presumably Long Melford, Suffolk. Bowrey had written to Waldegrave requesting news of the Worcester in India. Nothing else survives in Bowrey’s papers about Waldegrave but it is assumed that he was a sea captain or supercargo recently returned from the East Indies.

Waldegrave was able to report that Robert Callant, the supercargo, and Thomas Green, the master, were well and had sold some great guns as well as purchased large quantities of pepper at Cochin, on the west coast of India. The ship had arrived at Anjango at the beginning of November and were heading up the coast. A Mr Brandon had Elephants’ teeth to sell but Waldegrave did not know if Callant had bought them.

Waldegrave was describing the part of the voyage of the Worcester that was to prove fatal to Green and two others of his crew. The Scots distorted the stories of what happened on the Malabar Coast of India to imply that they were taking part in acts of piracy and hanged them for murder. Callant, well when he met Waldegrave, was to fall ill before leaving India and died at the Cape of Good Hope on the return voyage.

On This Day: 4 May 1703

On this day in 1703 the captain and supercargo of the Worcester, Captain Thomas Green and Robert Callant, went ashore at Anjango on the Malabar Coast of India to obtain advice from the Governor there. Their ship was in grave need of repair. It had been leaking badly for some time. They wanted to know where would be best to take it.

The Governor supplied his advice to go to Bengal in writing. This was to provide evidence they could produce to show the owners of the ship and cargo if their decision to divert to Bengal was questioned.

They did go to Bengal and the ship was repaired, after a fashion but the leaks were to return – and indirectly prove fatal for Green.