History of Indian Shipping - KRA Narasiah

தமிழ்ப் பாரம்பரியம்
(Tamil Heritage Trust)
K R A Narasiah
at 5.30pm on Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
at Vinoba Hall, Thakkar Bapa Vidyalaya, T Nagar.
About the Topic:

Vasco Da Gama landed in Kozhikode in 1498. The world was never the same again! Followed by the other European nations, when Britain colonized India they maimed many industries in India, the foremost being textile. The Shipping Industry, which had been doing very well in India, came in the firing line of the English as they were worried that with the knowledge available in India about shipping, India may find a way to get rid of the colonialists. They targeted first the ship building then shipping itself and started slowly but steadily to demolish this industry in all its manifestations.

The demolition began with the draconian laws starting with the Navigation Act 1646 followed by restrictive legislations brought in with the notorious Cromwellian 1651 Act. By the end of the 18th century the demolition was complete. In the beginning of the 19th century patriotic Indians started the shipping industry once again but met with tragic results.

Yet India rose above and resurrection started later in the 19th century. The story will be told in a power point presentation by the speaker K R A Narasiah as a continuation of his presentation of the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea.

About the Speaker:
Born in Berhampur Orissa, Narasiah, a marine engineer by profession who has spent 14 years at sea sailing, 10 of which in men-of-war and the rest in merchantmen. He spent some time in Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast while Vikrant, the first Aircraft Carrier of India was fitted out and took over as its first flight deck Chief.While in Port service his services were requisitioned by the Navy for Bangladesh Liberation.

After sea service he joined the Port of Vizag as a marine Engineer and retired as its Chief Mechanical Engineer. He was a consultant with the World Bank for Cambodian Emergency Rehabilitation work from 1994 to 1996. .
He writes both in Tamil and English and is passionate about marine History.

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