Ships To Trankebar

Arr. – Dep.
Øresund 1620
Den Hollandske Fløjte 1620
David 1620 – 22
Elefanten 1620
Christian 1620
København 1620 – 22
Vandhunden [St. Laurentius] 1623
Christianshavn 1622 – 23
Perlen 1624 – ?
Jupiter 1624
Posthesten [Mester Muttes Skib]
Valby 1630
Skt. Anna 1634
Skt. Anna 1636 – 37
Skt. Jacob
Patientia 1640
Jægeren 1640
Solen (Den Gyldne Sol) 1640
Christianshavn 1643
Skt. Jacob 1643
Prisen 1643
Valby [Waldbye] 1643
Skt. Michael 1644
Fortuna 1644
Færø 1669
Havhesten = Zeeparten 1669
Mageløs 1670
Christianshavn 1670
Hvide Fortuna 1671
Prins Christian 1671
Oldenborg 1671
Mageløs 1672
Oldenborg 1672
Håbet 1673
Mageløs 1674
Fortuna 1674
Oldenburg -
Phønix ?
Håbet -
Dansborg -
Phønix ?
Flyvende Ulv 1682
Hvide Falk 1686 ?
Flyvende Ulv 1687 ?
Anthoinetta 1687
Dansborg 1690
Elefanten 1690
Flyvende Ulv 1690
Flyvende Hjort 1690
Norske Løve 1690
Anthonetta 1690
Christianus Quintus 1693 ?
Kronprins Frederik 1694 ?
Christianus Quintus 1695 ?
Prins Christian ?
Kronprins Frederik 1696 ?
Prins Carl ?
Christianus Quintus 1697 ?
Kronprins Frederik 1698 ?
Christianus Quintus 1699 ?
Prinsesse Louise -
Sophie Hedevig 1700
Kronprins Frederik 1701
Prins Vilhelm ?
Kronprins Frederik 1703
Fredericus Quartus 1704
Prins Jørgen ?
Kronprins Frederik 1705
Norske Løve 1706
Prinsesse Sophia Hedewig 1706
Fredericus IV 1707
Prinsesse Sophia Hedewig 1708
Norske Løve -
Kronprins Danmark 1708
Prinz Georg 1708
Gyldenløve 1709
Fredericus IV (Fridericus Quartus) 1709
Prinz Wilhelm 1709
Cronprinzen 1710
Prins Jørgen -
Dansborg 1710 – 11
Prinz Christian 1711
Gyldenløve 1713
Fredericus IV (Fridericus Quartus) 1714
Dansborg -
Salvator Mundi 1716
Jomfru Susanna. 1718 – 20
Dronning Anna Sophia 1721 – 23
Nymphen 1723
Grev Laurvig 1723
Den Gyldne Løve 1725
Grev Laurvig 1728
Den Gyldne Løve -
Dronning Anna Sophia 1730
Kronprinsen af Danmark 1733 – 34
Grev Laurvig 1733 – 34
Fredericus IV (Quartus) 1734 – 35
Kronprinsen af Danmark 1735 – 36
Wendela (Vendela) 1735 – 36
Fredericus IV (Quartus) -
Kronprinsen af Danmark 1737
Wendela -
Prinsesse Louise 1739
Prinsesse Charlotte Amalie 1740
Prinsesse Louise 1741 – 42
Prinsesse Charlotte Amalie 1742 – 43
Doquen (Dokken) 1743 – 44
Prinsesse Louise -
Prinsesse Charlotte Amalie 1744 – 45
Trankebar 1745 – 46
Doquen (Dokken) 1745 – 46
Cronprinsesse af Danmark 1746 – 47
Elefanten 1747
Doquen (Dokken) 1748
Kiøbenhavn 1748 – 49
Cronprinsesse af Danmark 1749
Elefanten 1749 – 50
Doquen (Dokken) 1751
Cronprinsesse af Danmark
(Cron Princessen af Dannemarck) 1751
Bornholm 1752
Nellebladet 1752
Prinsesse Wilhelmina Carolina 1752
Sydermandland 1753
Kiøbenhavn ?
Kronborg 1753
Kongen af Danmark 1753
Kongen af Danmark 1755
De Tre Prinsesser 1755
Ebenezer 1755
Tranquebar 1755
Kiøbenhavn 1755
Grev Moltke 1758
Kronprinsen 1760
Kongen af Danmark 1759-60
Tranquebar 1760
Grev Moltke 1760
Prinsesse Louise 1761
Haabet ?
Tranquebar 1763 – ?
Grevinde Moltke 1765
Dronning Sophia Magdalena 1767
Cronprintzen af Danmark 1767 – 68
Rigernes Ønske 1768
Komtesse Moltke 1768
Kongen af Danmark 1774
Ganges 1775
Grev Bernstorff
Minerva 1775
Christianssted 1778
Dronning Juliane Maria 1779
Rigernes Ønske
Dronning Juliane Maria 1781
Nicobar 1781
Prinsesse Sophie 1782-83
Johanne Marie 1783
Tranquebar 1784
Dannebrog 1787 ?
Johanne Marie 1788
Dannemark 1787-88
Dannebrog 1789
Prinsesse Louisa Auguste 1789
Dannemark 1791
Prinzen af Augustenborg 1793
Prinsesse Frederica 1794
Johanne Marie 1794
Prinzen af Augustenborg 1795
Dronning Juliane Maria 1795
Prinsesse Frederica 1796
Hvide Ørn 1798
Dannebrog 1798
Christianus Septimus 1801
Holsten 1802
Kiøbenhavn 1802
Félicité 1802
Elisabeth 1815
Alexander 1826
Alexander 1829
Den Danske Eeg 1835
Corvetten Galathea 1844 1845
Fregatten Galathea 1951 1951

Dette er en historie.

The Rt.Rev.Dr. H.A.Martin  “tale” ved hans indsættelse den. 14.01.09 som den 11 biskop til Trankebar.


” the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”( Mathew 20: 28)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I geet each and every of you in the Triune name of our Lord Jesus!

The first reformist (Protestant)  Church was started in Indiea with the Holy ministry of our pioneer Missionary Rev. Ziegenbalg. Our Church is 302 years old, with rich heritage and has been nurtured and patronized by the Mother Churchers of germany and Sweden. I humble before my Lord Jesus for choosing me as the 11th Bishop of the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church.

In the Triune name of our Lord Jesus, I welcome and greet each and every one who has come to attend this Divine Service of Consecration and Installation.

The text for today`s Meditation is taken from the Gospel assording to St. Mathew 20:28 ” He did not come to be served, But to serve” This is not only sermon, but altso the ‘theme’ of Bishopric.

Let us meditate on this theme on the following two headings:

1) Commitment through Ministry

2) Reconciliation through Mininstry


For any work or any servise, commitment is most essential. Whatever task we undertake, the foundation for victory is the total commitment of the person who undertakes the task. The great scientist Einstein says, ” I do my work as worship” His statement reveals how mush truthful, pious and devoted he was in his commitment.

For a successful Chistian life, commitment is the concrete base. The word of lord Jesus ” Not to served but to serve” most emphatically expresses His desire and expectation that service with commitment is the prime duty of the people of God.

We, the children of God are able to realize the depth and strength of His commitment, when He says thatHe came only to serve. Service does not mean power, governance or position. On the other hand, it is humility, selflessness, love for one another and mindful of social welfare. Doing humble service to God and fellowmen is the Ministry of reconciliation.

The Lord Jesus completed the work of His father by redeeming this world even to His Death. (John 17:4) Through this, He emerged as the total embodiment of commitment and came out as the successful King of redemption without looking back under any circumstance. He is our best example for such a commitment with body, mind and soul.

Our first Missionary Ziegenbalg’s life is altso a great example of this commitment. And now we – the Church TELC – are the fruits of his sacrifice, concern, commitment and Service. The great Theologian William Barclay says ” There are two great days in our life”. One is the ‘The day we are born‘ and the other is the day we discover ‘ Why we are Born‘. It is the great day when we realize God’s plan in our lives. Only here commitment starts. In the Book Nehemiah 2:18 he calls peopel ” Arise, come let us build”. And so people strengthened their hans for the good work. They committed themselves with one mind, one spirit to rebuild the dilapidated, devastated Jerusalem City and the Temple. Not only that, they also gave hope to the people of Jerusalem who have lost thei hope. Seeking the help of God, they dedicated themselves with commitment, to do the work of rebuilding and renovating Jerusalem. Besides, they altso encouraged the people of Jerusalem with the same commitment. Now, the Tamil Evangelical Lutheran Church ! – With rich heritage of 302 years – spread out as the 10 Church Districts in 4 Regions – Dear people of God! Now I encourage you, and call you ” Come let us rebuild our Church” with Nehemiah’s Commitment..

We are nor only born by Cod’s purpose but for His purpose. Once a Bishop went to pray for Pastor who was in deatbed. He saw that dying Pastor’s face was full of fear. The Bishop asked him whether he was afraid of death. The Pastor replied, ” No! No! I am happy to meet the Lord. But I realize that I was not truthful in my commitment. I had won only few souls to the Lord. I did not do justice to my commitment and How do I joyfully meet the Lord”.

My dear Brothers and Sisters, let us analyze ourselvers. As Pastors, Church workers and believers of jesus Christ, what is our commitment in the growth of our Church. Let us think seriously.

In the life of Apostle Peter, his commitment and his actions were not deep in the early days of his calling. But when we see him in John’s Cospel Chapter 21, after the resurrection of the Lord and only after the Lord performed miracle for the second time in his life and altso when the Lord asked him the third time ” Do you love me? “, Peter thinks of the depth of the meaning of this question and then onwards he surrenders himself completely withcommitment to the service of God. Let us altso commit ourselvers completey and sure whats exactlyis our role and share in the growth of the Church. Let us not do our work lethargically.

Let our work shine as a small candle, Though not as a big lighthous.

Let me share a true story. Pastor Murphy was traveling in a ship from America to China to spead the Good News of the Lord. One day, he was talking to a co-traveler on the deck of the ship. But he did not introduce himself by name. He told him that he was going to China for Gospel work. That friend said, ” Some time ago, a man like you called Murphy came to China to do Gospel work. He was opposed, kidnapped and threatened to stop his activities by some people  in China. But Murphy was very firm in his decision and refused to withdraw from the Ministry. Therefore, the opponents cut off three fingers of his right hand sent him back to America with a warning not to come backand that is why I tell you to go to China to do gospel work and join with me to do good business in China”. But Pastor Murphy was firm in his decision and refused to join in his business. They had to depart for lunch and they shook hands. While doing so, the friend felt a difference in Murphy’s hand and he asked, ” Are you Pastor Murphy? Why do you again come to China?” Pastor Murphy replied, ” last time, I lost only three fingers. Now, I am ready to lose seven more fingers for the sake of God’s work. I hav completely surrendered myself to the service of my Lord. I will never go back”.

When we commit ourselvers to God’s work, we face trials and sufferings. This is what Paul says in Philippians 3: 7, ” But whatever was to my profit I now conside loss for the sake of Christ”  ” And so some how to attain to the resurrection from the dead” ( V11)  ” I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me” ( V 14)  Today, like Paul, realizing the inner meaning of our calling in God’s work, let us surrender and commit ourselvers towhole heartedly. Life is not just a happening but it is built by commintment, trials, temptations, sacrifice and sufferings.


We need the co- operation of all to excel in a Ministry or a Service or a work. Removing all bitterness and resentment, if only we servewith love, generosity and piety of Christ, our service will be excellent. Along with sacrifice, we altso need oneness and reconciliation. A Devotee sing, ” we should always renew ourselves with new thoughts and new spirit” He sings this realizing the importance of oneness and reconciliation in our hearts. Collective responsibility leads real fellowship. In the life and Ministry of Christ, it was his chief aim and duty to reconcile the creation of mankind with the Father. For the sake of this, He sacrificed Himself on the Cross and completed  the work of reconciliation. This is possible only through serving and not be served. Thus John says in Chapter 17:21. ” that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they altso be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me”.

Psalms 133:1 goes like this: ” how good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity”

It means that in reconciliation and commitment, ther is Divinity and heavenly joy. Mathew 18:20 say, ” For where two or three come together in my Name, there am I with them” It is true that God’s presence, guidance and his blessings are there when we are united. In Acts of Apostles 2:1, we read that when they were all together on the day of Pentecost, all of them were filled with Holy Spirit and they werw anointed with the power of Holy Ghost. And we altso read in Chapter 2:46  ” Every day they continued to meet together in the tempel courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts….”  We can see in this oneness of heart, divine power, joy, peace and love for one another. So altso when Lord Jesus Christ was born, the Angelic hosts were saving ” Glory to God in the highest, and on earth Peace to men on whom his favor rests”  ( Luke 2:14).

Reading history is easy but making history is difficult and hard and it is not altso possible with one person. It is possible only through the joint and united effort of many. In the 4th and 5th Chapters of the Acts of Apostles we see that Believers with one heart, under the leadership of the apostles, sold their possessions and used for the growth of the Church. When  there is oneness, selfishness will disappear and tendency for common welfare will grow. Oneness and reconciliation are very essential requisites for the Church.

In the absence of these two qualities, the growth of the Church itself becomes question. Church is confederation of believers of Christ. Even if it slightly go astray, its growth will be affected. In the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, before theystart to rebuild the devastated Jerusalem, first they united the people, created a unity with commitment and encouraged the people for that work.

Truly speaking, all of us have expectation regarding the growth of the Church. One hand cannot bring any sound. Clapping with two hands brings sound. Even one or two people cannot bring about any change or development in the Church. It is possible only through the joint effort of all of us. Let us remove all diffirence of opinion, grievances, anger, resentment, and prejudice and let’s reconcile in the Lord. Let Christ’s thoughts be our thoughts and be united in Christ. The Holy Spirit will strengthen us to do great things, to spread the Gospel and for the develoment of the Church.

In 1972, owing to  the effort of the Lutheran  Pasor Rev. Arthur Simon, some Reformist Churches and the Catholic Church joined together and as a result of their good effort, the mighty organization ” Bread for the world”  was born remove the hunger and poverty of the indigent. The very foundation of this organization is ” oneness”, setting aside the denominational disparities.

Change is nature of life, but challenge is the aim of life; So we have to challenge the changes and not change the challengs. The characteristic of life is liable to change. The aim of life is to face challenges. Real life means meeting the challengs without changing the challengs. Oneness and reconciliation are great challengs. Let us accept and face them boldly. Let us hope for a bright and shining  future.

Many years ago, there was a terrible cyclonic storm in California. Many houses were razed to the ground. Trees fell uprooted. But the sagoya trees wre not all affected by the storm and they stood erect, tall and strong. Botanical experts wre surprise at this. On research, they found thats the roots of the trees were heavily intertwined with each other. The roots of one tree were found intertwined with the roots of another such tree. They came to understand that this was the reason for their firmness in spite of the powerful cyclonic storm.

Therfore Let us reconcile ourselvers with the Lord!

Let us be one in the Lord!

Let us dedicate and surrender ourselvers for development of the Church !

Let us Labor untiringly!

May God help and protect us.  AMEN.


Biskopper af Trankebar.

The Rt. Rev. Dr.

  • 1921-1926 Ernst Heumann
  • 1927-1934 David Bexell
  • 1934-1956 Johannes Sandelgren
  • 1956-1967 Ratjah Bushanam Manikam
  • 1967-1972 Carl Gustav Diehl
  • 1972-1975 A.J.Satyanadhan
  • 1975-1978 L.Easter Ray
  • 1978-1993 Jayseelan Jacob
  • 1993-1999 Ganabaranam Johnson
  • 1999- 2009 Thaveedu Aruldoss
  • 2009 -            H.A.Martin



Tanjore Kings whom danish.
Governors were paying annual tribute.

Kings of Tanjore.                                   *      Kings of Denmark.

Raghunatha Nayak           1600 – 1634     *     Christian    IV       1588 – 1648
Vijay Raghava Nayak        1634 – 1674     *     Frederik     IV       1648 – 1670
Ekoji    I                            1674 -  1684    *     Christian    V        1670 – 1699
Shaji    II                           1684 -  1711    *     Frederik     IV       1699 – 1730
Serfoji  I                           1711 – 1729      *     Frederik     IV       1699 – 1730
Tukkoji                            1729 – 1735      *    Christian    VI       1730 – 1746
Ekoji    II                          1735 – 1737      *    Christian    VI        1730 – 1746
Kattu raja                         1737 – 1738      *    Christian    VI       1730 – 1746
Shaji    III                         1739 -               *    Christian    VI       1730 – 1746
Prathap Singh                  1739 – 1763      *     Frederik     V        1746 – 1766
Tulajaji  II                        1763 – 1787      *    Christian    VII       1766 – 1808
Amar Singh                     1787 – 1798      *    Christian    VII       1766 – 1808
Serfoji   II                        1798 – 1832      *    Frederik      VI        1808 – 1839
Sivaji    II                         1832 – 1855      *    Christian    VII       1839 – 1848

Trankebar’s governors
1620 Danish rule                                     1808 British rule          1845 part of Britich India
Period from    -    Period  to     Name
11.oct. 1620    -  13.febr.1621        Ove Gjedde     ( Planned  the construction  of the Fort )

14.dec. 1620    -  9.nov. 1636        Roland Crappe
9. nov. 1636    -   5.sept.1643        Bernt Pessart

5.sept. 1643    -              1648        Willem Leyel
1648    –              7. sept.1655        Paul Hansen Korsør

7.sept. 1655    –              1669        Eskild Andersen Kongsbakke
1669    –                          1673        Henrik Eggers
1673    -                    oct.1682        Sivart Adeler
oct. 1682               9.july 1686        Axel Juel
9. july  1686    -       oct. 1687        Wollf Heinrich v. Calnein
oct.1687    -                   1689         Christian Porck
1689    -                         1690         Moritz Hartmann
1690    -                         1694         Christian Porck
1694    -              9. may 1701        Claus Vogdt
19. may 1701    -            1701        Andreas Andreæ
1701    -                         1702         Mikkel Knudsen Crone
July 1702    -                  1704         Jørgen Hermansen Bjørn
1. july 1704    – 20. oct .1716         Johan Sigismund Hassius
20. okt.1716   – 21. jan. 1720        Christen Brun-Lundegaard

23. jan.1720    -  12. oct.1726       Christian Ulrich von Nissen
12. okt.1726    -  8. aug. 1730       Rasmus Hansen Attrup
8. aug.1730    –   1. aug. 1733        Diderich Mühlenport

1. aug.1733    -   13. juli 1741        Poul Krisk Panck

13. juli 1741   -17. sept. 1744        Ivar Bonsack

17. sept.1744  – 5. sept. 1754        Hans Ernst Bonsack
5. sept.1754   – 10. aug. 1759        Hans Georg Krog
9. may 1759    -   4. july 1760        Christian Frederik Høyer

4. juli  1760    -  27. apr. 1761        Herman Jacob Forck

29. apr.1761    -14. febr. 1775       Peter Hermann Abbestee (1st time)

14. febr.1775   – 17. jan. 1779       David Brown
17. jan.1779    – 17. may 1788       Peter Hermann Abbestee (2nd time)
17. maj 1788    – 7. febr. 1806       Peter Anker
7. febr. 1806   -13. febr. 1808        Johan Peter Hermannson (1st time)
13. febr.1808 – 20. sept. 1815       British  Guvernement
20. sept.1815   -19. nov. 1816       Gerhard Sievers Bille
19. nov. 1816 – 15. febr. 1822       Johan Peter Hermannson (2nd time)

16. febr. 1822   -  7. maj 1823       Jens Kofoed

7. maj  1823    -  7. mar. 1825       Ulrich Anton Schönheyde
7. mar. 1825   – 26. mar. 1829       Hans Diderich Brinck-Seidelin

26. mar.1829  – 14. may 1832      Lauritz Christensen
17. may 1832  -   1. may 1838      Conrad Emil Mourier
1. may 1838   -  18. juni  1841      Johannes von Rehling
18. juni 1841 -  15. sept. 1841     Christian Tiemroth
16. okt.1841    -  7. nov. 1845     Peder Hansen