We will be launching the MarineLives annotation project at the beginning of July. It will run for eight weeks. Whether it is half an hour a week or half an hour a day, we would be delighted to have you join us and explore the MarineLives annotation resources.
The project is suitable for absolute beginners as well as experienced historians, and makes a great way to learn new research skills and to revive long neglected interests. If you are planning to start a Masters degree this autumn, it is a good way to start using and linking primary and secondary sources of all sorts. No transcription is involved.
Below are some of the individuals you will encounter in the pages of thje depositions of the High Court of Admiralty of England in the years 1657 and 1658 (HCA 13/72). If you recognise a name, can think of a source or have a research suggestion, why don’t you sign up to add to our Annotation project wiki now?
Giles Baily (“of the parish of Saint Mary Magdalen Bermondsea Mariner, aged 30 yeeres”: master’s mate in the Golden ffortune; deponent in HCA 13/72)
James Baldwin (“of the parish of Saint Buttolph Bishopsgate London Vintener, aged 56 yeeres”; deponent in HCA 13/72))
Abraham Barnabye (deponent in HCA 13/72)
Thomas Barnes (“of Ratcliff Mariner aged twenty six yeares”; deponent in HCA 13/72)
John Barnett (“of Ratcliff in the parish of Stepney and County of Middlesex Mariner Steward of the shipp Elizabeth and Mary aged sixtie yeares”; deponent in HCA 13/72)
Joshua Bartlett (Master and Commander of the Recovery when at Barbados)
Thomas Barrett (on the Gilbert)
Thomas Barton (“of Passage nigh Waterford in Ireland Merchant, aged about 54 yeares”; deponent in HCA 13/72)
Antonio Basso (“Merchant, a native of Genoa aged 27 yeeres or thereabouts, now living in London”; deponent in HCA 13/72)
Adrian Bastianson (“of Schernmer Horne neere Amsterdam Mariner one of the company of the said shipp Morning starr, aged 25 yeares”, deponent in HCA 13/72)
Leonard Bates (“of the parish of Saint Michael Cornehill London Scrivener, aged 34 yeares”; shop in Cornehill; deponent in HCA 13/72)
William Becks (Cook(e) on the Gilbert)
Captaine Beech (“by the order of the interrate Jones one of the said pipes of wine was disposed of unto one Captaine Beech at the Barbadoes and another by his order was putt into a Cellar there”)
William Beecham (“William Beecham was the time arlate commonly accounted owner of the lighter and Wharfinger of the Wharfe arlate”)
Captaine Bell (“hee hath heard that the arlate Captaines Ny, Tatam, Ell, Bell and Wills were all bound with their severall shipps arlate upon a voyage from Lisbne to Brazeele”)
Marke Bennett (“of Greenwich in the County of Kent Mariner, aged about 25 yeares”, mariner on the Gilbert; “shippt aboard the Gilbert arlate as a ffore=Mast man at the Barbadoes for her homeward voyage”; deponent in HCA 13/72)
John Benning (“Examined upon certaine Interrogatories ministred on the behalfe of the said John Benning Richard Jennings and others”)
Henry Berry (“of Redriff in the County of Surrey Shipwright, aged 28 yeeres”: deponent in HCA 13/72)
John Berry (“a Pylott, to conduct and carry the sayd shipp from king roade to hung roade”)
Philipp Bequin (“the ffactor and Agent of the said Anthonio Mara de Conte”)
Richard Beswick (“of hull mariner, aged 27 yeares”, master of the Anna and Mary, part-owner with Edward Ascough, Robert Kilmer and Edward Nicolas of the Anna and Mary; deponent in HCA 13/72)
Jonathan Bigland (“of Redriff Shipwright, aged 28 yeares”; deponent in HCA 13/72)
Edward Blacket (“the said goods were bought and laden by this Deponent, by the Order of the said Mr Blancart, and Mr Stock And that hee had a letter of Credit from Mr Stock, drawn upon one Mr Edward Blacket Merchant, living at Newcastle of whome this Deponent receaved the Summe of 200: li which money paid for the foresaid goods”)
Laurance Blancart (“of London Merchant”)
George Blowe (mariner on the Recovery)
Captaine Joseph Blowe (“And hee further saith that while hee continued in the Brazeele severall other English shipps manned alsoe with English videlicet the Sampson Captaine John Lynis Commander, and the shipp Sippo Captaine Thomas Evens Commander and the shipp the Three brothers John Wilkey Commander and the shipp To[XXX GUTTER] Captaine Joseph Blowe Comander and the shipp Thomas and Lucia Captaine Andrew Rands Commander and severall other English shipps came to Brazeele from Lisbone”)
John Bond (gunner on the Recovery)
David Bonnell (“david Younge and Company against david Bonnell”)
Andrew Bowman (deponent in HCA 13/72)
Charles Bradick (Master of the Maidstone frigot aged 53 yeeres; deponent in HCA 13/72)
Daniel Bradley (master of the Christopher of Portsmouth)
Duke of Brandenburgh (“while the said shipp Lay at Quinsborowe all or most of the said Company did Desert and leave her, and went into the Duke of Brandenburgh his Service, and never came againe into the Service of the said ship, And that a short time after their Running away into the said Dukes Service, they or some other seamen, or Souldiers of the Generall of the said Duke of Brandenburghes ships, came aboard the said ship, and tooke and carryed away out of her, one Anchor and Cable”)
John Brands (master of the shipp the Armes of the Dutchesse of Courland)
John Bray (“a certaine ship called the Malin (whereof Olave Peterson is Master) now Ryding in the River of Thames and doth Properly belong, and Appertaine unto him the said Peter Split, Adam Jennings Thomas Lowe Mannock Johnson, and John Bray, who were and are the true and Lawfull Proprietors thereof and that the said Peter Split, did and doth dwell in EastSmithfeild and the said Thomas Lowe did and doth live and Dwell in Towerstreete London. the said Mannk Johnson did and doth Live and Dwell in Limestreete London, John Bray did and Doth live and Dwell in Saint Catherins, neere unto the Tower of London, and Adam Jennings, did and doth live, and dwell sometimes in Saint Catherines aforesaid”)
Mr. Broadrick (a part-owner of the Gilbert)
Edward Brigges (signature of deponent in HCA 13/72)
Edward Briggs (“of Shoreham in the County of Sussex Mariner, aged 40 yeeres or thereabouts Master of the said Barke the Willing Minde“; Master of the Willing Minde in July 1652 on voyage to Ireland)
Morrice Briggs (“of the parish of Saint Cathrines neere the Tower of London Waterman, aged 55″; deponent in HCA 13/72)
John Broughton (“of London Merchant”; “Broughton was owner of five sixteenth parts (of the King David), and the said Abbot of six 16th parts of the said ship and of her tackle and furniture”)
Thomas Browning (“of Wapping Mariner, aged 35 yeares”; deponent in HCA 13/72)
John Bryson (“of the parish of Saint Katherines Coleman in ffanchurch streete London Merchant aged 24 yeeres”; deponent in HCA 13/72)
James Buckland (mariner on the XXXX from Barbary to Barbados, who deserted ship at Barbados)
Edward Buckley (“of the parish of Saint Olave in Southwarke Mariner aged twenty nyne yeares”; deponent in HCA 13/72)
Mr. Budd (a proctor in the High Court of Admiralty)
Thomas Burton (“of Passage nigh Waterford in Ireland Merchant, aged about 54 yeares”; deponent in HCA 13/72)
John Bushell (“of the parish of Saint Andrew Undershaft London Merchant aged 39. yeares “; “hee went only one voyage from Lisbone to Brazeele which voyage hee began about the moneth of June one thousand six hundred forty eight and saith that in and by his sayd Charter party (which was made in presence and with the consent of Jeremy Younge and John Bushell two of his Owners and in the presence and with the consent of Thomas Linch the deponents Purser of who was by order of the Owners to bee made acquainted therewith and to be present with this deponent when hee this deponent did agree with his freighters upon the conditions therein to bee expressed and when hee this deponent signed the same Charterparty)”; deponent in HCA 13/73)
The MarineLives project works on the manuscript records of the High Court of Admiralty of England. By working collaboratively to transcribe, annotate and link these documents, the project seeks to make them available to a wide audience
MarineLives is run on a not-for-profit bais and is co-directed by Colin Greenstreet and Jill Wilcox, with Colin acting as chief editor and Jill organising operations and training.
The project is run by a leadership team consisting of Colin, Jill and a number of team facilitators – Philip Hnakovitch (Penn State), William Tullet (Kings College, London), and Alex Jackson (graduate of Sheffield University). It benefits from the advice of a number of academics, including Dr Charlene Eska (Virginia Tech) and Dr Richard Blakemore (Exeter). Giovanni Colavizza (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice) designed and implemented the MarineLives transcription platform, which makes use of SCRIPTO, an open source software programme developed by George Mason University, Virginia.
The project has its genesis in a hackathon at the National Archives in early 2012, organised by Jo Pugh, and attended by Colin Greenstreet.
Most importantly the MarineLives project depends on the enthusiasm, skills and creativity of its volunteers. Why don’t you sign up to join us now?