Below are all the snippets of information I have managed to find on the post
of Master Attendant. My interest is in Captain John Hindes of Nagore, but
both Captain Eaton of Coringa & Captain Norfor have also come up in my
research, so please contact me if you need any information on any of them
Captain R W Norfor, Master Attendant, Cuddalore & Porto Novo.
Captain John Hindes, Master Attendant, Nagore.
Captain R W Meppen Master Attendant, Pulicat
Captain Robert Wright Norfor, asst. master attendant, & marine storekeeper,
Captain J Hindes, Master Attendant, Nagore
Captain C Eaton Master Attendant, Coringa
***The Master Attendant was a ship’s Master, responsible for the ships in
Ordinary, the navigation, pilotage & buoyage & the masting and rigging of
ships in commission. He commanded the warrant officers,and labourers & their
superintending masters, and the master sailmaker and his foremen &
*Master Attendant: managed the ships in harbour & saw to the maintenance of
the ships in Ordinary, i.e. when the ship was laid up. *
“*master-attendant at Nagore’ and a wealthy man, to join him in India….”*
The above is a quotation from an unknown book found online, which indicates
that the post of Master Attendant at Nagore was a great opportunity to make
*1837 Asiatic Journal & Monthly Miscellany page 113 [Google Books]
*Master Attendants Madras*
We understand it is decided that, with the exception of about half-a-dozen
of the principal ports, the office of master-attendant at all the other
ports of this presidency is to be discontinued, after the lapse of the lives
of the present incumbents, or as soon as they can be otherwise provided for.
The master-attendants who are to remain are not to be allowed any fees or to
trade, but their salary is to be very considerably increased.