Britannia was an East India Company ship that was in convoy with the Admiral Gardner and the Carnatic when she sank on the Goodwins during a storm on 24th / 25th January 1809.
Britannia was built by Wells and launched in 1806, completing voyages between England, Bombay, China and Madras.
At the time of her sinking, Britannia was carrying a cargo of EIC silver tokens which has never been recovered as the wreck site has not been found.
Records show that the East India Company lost a total of six ships to the notorious Sands:
1737 – Devonshire – renamed Triumph after being purchased by Spanish merchants so perhaps not strictly EIC!
1748 – Dolphin – three other Dophins were lost in 1585, 1624 and 1743 and also a Dolphine in 1624.
1787 – Mars
1809 – Admiral Gardner
1809 – Britannia
1825 – Ogle Castle