What does East Indiaman mean?

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  1. (obsolete or historical) Any ship operating under charter or licence to one of the East India Companies, which were each granted monopoly trading rights with the East Indies by one of several of the major trading powers of the 17th—19th centuries.
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She had flirted all the way to Madras with the Captain and chief mate of the Ramchunder East Indiaman, and had a season at the Presidency with her brother and Mrs.
The Svecia, a heavily armed Swedish East Indiaman used by the Company mainly to trade with China, also made a few voyages to India to collect textiles and red sandalwood.
The heir to the estate was a son of Sir Felix Glyde's first cousin, an officer in command of an East Indiaman.
They are now on their passage to Bombay, in an East Indiaman.
It was then British policy to transport convicts in officially naval vessels, although the Calcutta was a big converted East Indiaman with 500 people aboard.
She is the second replica of an East Indiaman after the Dutch Batavia, though from a later period.

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