Sailing the British Empire : The Voyages of The Clarence, 1858-73Main MenuSailing the British Empire: The Voyages of the Clarence, 1858-73IntroductionThe Crew / AcknowledgmentsThe Provenance of Watson's LogAdditional Sources: Logs, Crew Lists, DiariesInside Lloyd's Register"Green's Celebrated Service"Details on owner of the ship at the time of our voyage, Richard Green.The Master Builder: William PileThe Master: Joseph Watson's BiographyA Mate's ProgressThe Career of Henry Berridge, First Mate of the ClarenceThe Crew of the Clarence in 1864An annotated crew listThe 18th HussarsThe Clarence and the Cyclone of 1864Origins of Indian Emigrants Aboard The ClarenceThe Surgeon-SuperintendantWages of indentured labourers in Demerara (1870-1900)The Clarence Sails to AustraliaMutiny! Violence and Resistance Aboard "Coolie Ships"Cholera: The Killer from CalcuttaSTSC 077, Fall 2015 First Year Seminar, University of Pennsylvaniab33a025deaa7595ed0079bfc9b77ea3cb14b8d08STSC 077, The University of Pennsylvania, fall 2015
1media/019WDZ000004244U00000000[SVC1].jpg2015-11-24T22:53:25-08:00Future Impact22plain2060952016-02-22T22:05:41-08:00Being one of the most destructive storms in all of history, the Calcutta Cyclone of 1864 created a monumental and lasting impact on Calcutta and the meteorological industry as a whole.
As an immediate result of the storm, a new order was given in Calcutta for ships to strike their topgallant, or tallest, masts during the regular cyclone months. The picture below demonstrates this order in action, as each of these ships have their topgallant masts lowered.
In addition to immediate impacts such as that, this catastrophic cyclone went on to have far greater and longstanding influences as well. This cyclone in particular was one of, if not the biggest driving factor behind the creation of the Indian Meteorological Department, founded in 1875. The people behind this department saw the results of this storm and wanted to take any measure possible to potentially prevent or lessen the calamity of such an event. As shown in the pictures below, taken from the department's Handbook of Cyclonic Storms in the Bay of Bengal, the IMD began to almost immediately start tracking and analyzing the various aspects of proceeding storms.
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3. Eliot, John. Handbook of Cyclonic Storms in the Bay of Bengal for the Use of Sailors. Second ed. Calcutta: Meteorological Department of the Government of India, 1900. Print.