Original shipping book of the East India Company Marine Department, comprising a register of ships carrying troops to India, 1834-1871 (a period covering the Indian Mutiny). The volume has three sections:
- (a) H.M. Troops, May 1834 to March 1871, including annotated copies of printed programmes of troop movements 1867-1871;
- (b) East India Company's recruits (mostly artillery and infantry), January 1833 to July 1861 (the Windsor Castle, which embarked in July 1861, carried 'the last recruits ever sent out to India');
- (c) Bombay Marine Boys, August 1841 to May 1861.
See also English MS 163 above, Shipping book for troops and stores and for coal, 1834-1857.