HEIC Captain Seekings1800's

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Cy
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HEIC Captain Seekings1800's

Post by Cy » Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:24 am

I had the following request for information via email, can anyone help?

"My name is John Burrowes and I live in Canberra, Australia.

I have some documentation, that was in my mother’s possession, which provides some “hearsay information” which came to her from one of her cousins, many years ago.

The information relates to a CAPTAIN SEEKINGS (there is no Given Name included), who was, supposedly, a Ship’s Captain with the East India Company during the early 1800’s ) I believe. He was married with a daughter, and his family lived in England. The information indicates that he drowned in Calcutta, when he jumped overboard to save his cabin boy. There is no indication as to where he is buried.

His family subsequently came to Australia (in the 1820’s, I understand). His wife’s name was Mary Elizabeth Seekings (nee Ryan). Mrs Seekings remarried in Australia, and her daughter (Mary) married into a family (named Rixon) from whom I am descended, on my mother’s side.

Do you have access to any records of the East India Company, during the time-frame mentioned above, which might ‘shed some light’ on the mystery of Capt Seekings and the whereabouts of his burial.

Any information that you may have would be much appreciated.
"
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Re: HEIC Captain Seekings1800's

Post by Navclio » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:49 am

East India companies have lots of sites; the British company is no exception.

Time limits the length of reply. Here are some suggestions for further research.

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/En ... Institute)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_India_Company has a list of links

http://www.eicships.info:80/seafarers/index.html
Seafarers in the East India Company
In this section of the site you will be able to browse for career information and personal details of some of the people who served in the EIC Mercantile Marine from 1600 to 1834.

https://web.archive.org/web/20080314002 ... index.html

Ships
What you will find in the search results
This database at present consists only of EIC mercantile marine vessels, that is, the vessels which were in the East India Company's merchant service, which operated from 1600 to 1834.

Captains might be included in ship voyage data.

Cy
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Re: HEIC Captain Seekings1800's

Post by Cy » Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:57 am

Please note that www.eicships.info is now defunct, the url for that site is now https://eicships.threedecks.org/
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