Monday, 26 July 2010
12th Oct 1761
Bout. on Board an Indiaman at Blackwall 12 Cupps & 12 Sasers 9/- spent going 9d
The British Library's website assures me that by the early 18th century the East India Company were trading regularly with China bringing back Silk, Tea & porcelain. A list of items ordered in Canton by the Company dated 1734 lists 586 chests of China Ware (sic).
It had never crossed my mind that the customer might go aboard ship to buy the items brought back from the East.
I wonder if Thomas's cups & saucers were blue & white?
An Indiaman was a ship owned by the East India Company - see images and read about these ships here.