Concentrates on the period 1790-1833, especially the early nineteenth century when the Bombay merchant fleet was at its zenith, studying the ships, their trade and the men who owned or sailed in them. The picture is built up from a mass of details and references unearthed in the English East India Company's records and elsewhere, and includes contemporary experiences of sailing in these ships.
'...is analysed and described with a lot of substantial information, little stories, delightful anecdotes, and plenty of data... . Very impressive is the author's prosopographic reconstruction of the Indian as well as British country traders. Bulley admits that hardly any information is available but nonetheless she is able to paint a rough but colourful picture of several persons involved in the country trade business...abounds in lovely details which make The Bombay Country Ships relaxing and sometimes amusing reading.' - Michael Mann, Internationales Asienforum
'Ms Bulley is a model researcher. SHe overlooks no relevant facts, and she presents what she has found with admirable clarity.' - Maurice Zinkin, Royal Society for Asian Affairs February 2002
'This scholarly work will be welcome by economic and social historians of the sub-Continent; archaeologists and historians of technology will also find it useful since there is virtually no excavated evidence for ships (European or indigenous) or their cargo in Indian waters.' - Seán McGrail, Nautical Archaeology