This passage describes a shipwreck that occurred during a voyage from Goa to Portugal in 1686. The story is related in graphic and theatrical terms: the sounds of the 'cracking' structure as the vessel is 'lifted...up to the clouds'; the 'astonishment, terror and consternation that seiz'd upon every Heart of the Ship'; 'the cries, sighs and groans'.
Memorable Accidents and Unheard of Transactions was published in 1693. As the title page outlines, the book contains 'an Account of Several Strange Events: As the Deposing of Tyrants, Lamentable Shipwrecks, Dismal misfortunes, Strategems of War, Perilous Adventures...and Select Historical Events.'
East India Office Trading Documents
The East India Company and its trading activities provide a fascinating backdrop for many accounts of shipwrecks and smuggling. This selection of documents from the British Library's India Office gives a flavour of the great range of ephemeral texts involved in the many aspects of international trade. In particular we can see how goods from