A Life and Death in the Maritime Service of the East India Company
It was a time of foreign wars, financial crisis, corruption, cronyism and a class system that stifled social mobility. Yet, before that disastrous night in 1786, Captain Richard Peirce enjoyed only good fortune in the maritime service of the East India Company.
In a long and successful career, he sailed to the East Indies seven times, encountering military heroes, corrupt ‘nabobs’, artists, map-makers and scoundrels. Then, on a tempestuous January night, his ship, the Halsewell, struck rocks on the Dorset coast. In one of the most dramatic shipwrecks of the eighteenth century, the ‘unfortunate Captain Peirce’ lost his ship, his daughters, his fortune and his own life.
This book traces his career to a tragic conclusion that shocked and upset the nation. Two centuries later, his story still has the power to move us.
Author: Philip Browne
Title: The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the Wreck of the Halsewell, East Indiaman, 1786
First Published by: Hobnob Press
Date: 30 September 2015