Batavia (1628). East Indiamen were built by the various East India companies (Dutch, English or Scandinavian) to bring back tea, china, silk and spices. Very interesting site: Development of Sailing Ships.
"Square meal" - British war ships in the 1700s including the HMS Victory (pictured) did not have the best of living conditions. A sailors breakfast and lunch were sparse meals consisting of little more than bread and a beverage. But the third meal of the day included meat and was served on a square tray. Eating a substantial meal onboard a ship required a tray to carry it all. Hence a "square meal" was the most substantial meal served.