british East India Company Antelope (+1783)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type barque - bark
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1781
weight (tons) 270  bm
dimensions 29.5 x 7.6 x 3.7 m
material wood
armament 8 guns, ports 9 middle & upper
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 10/08/1783  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Barnard, Deptford (Thames)
East India Company, London
captain Capt. Henry Wilson
no. of crew 52
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Lettens Jan31/01/2010Antelope

East India Company´s packet, built by Barnard, measured 1781, length 96ft 8in, keel 77ft 6in, breadth 25ft 7½in, hold 12ft, wing transom 15ft 3in, port cell 16ft 11in, ports 9 middle & upper, 8 guns, 52 crew, 270 tons.


(1) 1781/2 China. To carry despatches by the Pacific route. Capt Henry Wilson. Downs 6 Feb 1782 - Falmouth 2 Sep - 16 Dec off Cape San Diego, Argentina - 2 Jan 1783 off Cape Horn - 23 Apr in Sulu Sea - 30 Apr Cagayan Sulu - 14 May Balambangan - 4 Jun Macao 20 Jul - wrecked 10 Aug Pelew Islands - built a boat, sailed 12 Nov - 30 Nov Macao.
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Lettens Jan26/01/2010
  • 1781 Built for the East India Company as a fast sailing despatch vessel for the Packet Service.
  • 1783 Wrecked 20 July 1783 on the Pelew Islands (Palau Islands) while surveying.
  • The crew started to build a sloop from the wreckage. After 6 months it was ready and they reached Macao, a journey of 1.500 nautical miles!
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Lettens Jan26/01/2010Englishman Henry Wilson, Captain of the East India Company´s packet Antelope, was shipwrecked off the island of Ulong in 1783.

The King of Palau allowed Captain Wilson to take his son, Prince Lee Boo, to England, where he arrived in 1784.

However, the prince died soon after of smallpox.

The East India Company erected a monument over his grave in St Mary´s Churchyard, Rotherhithe.

It was Wilson who gave the archipelago the name "Pelew Islands".

For further reading, see this website.

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East India Company, London

The East India Company built its own ships in Deptford from the 17th century onwards, both in its own yard and later in the private establishments that flourished in the area during the 18th century.
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