“In the closing years of the 18th century, establishments known as Cobra Clubs appeared along the coast of the silk road route. Each club was named after one of the 5 great oceans (The Pacific, The Atlantic, The Southern, The Arctic and The Indian).
Cutthroat mercenaries and mariners operated the Cobra Clubs. The club named after The Indian was by far the most popular of its time. Located on the west coast of India, it was the only Cobra Club where the lawless and the law abiding could gather under one roof.
Stories of valor and virtue, deceit and treachery, were told over great meals, with ales, wines and exotic punches. These meals were prepared and inspired by travelers who descended from various regions across the Indian Ocean. Recipes and stories from their homeland influenced these great gatherings and often times a new type of cuisine was born. The Indian was the only of its kind to offer entry to local patrons and citizens who were unaccustomed to the sea.
The Indian was favored by many for well over 100 years and became a place of celebration, culture and story telling. As the British Empire saw it’s rise and fall in the region, so too, did the infamous Cobra Clubs. The clubs were deemed unsafe for the common citizen dismantled and eventually disbanded.
Very little is known about the true fate of The Indian. Though many believe its relics were secretly packed before demolition and sent across the globe. Some say a descendant of the original founder has kept these relics safe, with the hope of restoring the club to its original glory.”
Capt. Archibald, Merchant Marine ~ The Seacloud c. 1922