Leda (1807 ship)

Leda was launched in 1807 at Whitby. She spent most of her career as a London transport, and then a West Indiaman. She was wrecked in May 1819 on a voyage to Bombay while sailing under a license from the British East India Company (EIC).

United Kingdom
BuilderHolt & Richardson, Whitby
FateWrecked 1819
General characteristics
Tons burthen399,[1] or 408[2] (bm)
Length108 ft 9 in (33.1 m)
Beam29 ft 5 in (9.0 m)


Leda first appeared in Lloyd's Register (LR) in 1808 with Wilmot, master, Richardson, owner, and trade London transport.[3]

Year Master Owner Trade Source & notes
1816 Wilmot
Richardson London transport
LR; thorough repair 1815
1818 L.Lacey Richardson London–Jamaica LR; thorough repair 1815
1819 L.Lacey
Richardson London–Jamaica LR; thorough repair 1815
1820 G.Lamb Richardson Liverpool–Bombay LR; thorough repair 1815

In 1813 the EIC lost its monopoly on the trade between India and Britain. British ships were then free to sail to India or the Indian Ocean under a license from the EIC.[4] In January 1819 Leda, G.Lamb, master, sailed for Bombay.[5]


Leda, Lamb, master, arrived at Madeira on 17 February 1819 and sailed for Bombay. She ran aground on a shoal 9 nautical miles (17 km) south west of Mayotte on 14 May 1819. She was wrecked but her crew were rescued. They arrived at Bombay on 24 June.[6]

Citations and referencesEdit



  • Hackman, Rowan (2001). Ships of the East India Company. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-96-7.
  • Weatherill, Richard (1908). The ancient port of Whitby and its shipping. Whitby: Horne and Son.