Andrew Harris

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Andrew Harris
Person Andrew Harris
First name Andrew
Middle name(s)
Last name Harris
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Occupation Mariner
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Mariner occupation Master
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text Andrew Harris
Has signoff text Andrew Harris
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Language skills English language
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Res town Sandwich
Res county Kent
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Res country England
Birth year 1624
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First deposition age 32
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.563r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Jan 16 1656
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Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Andrew Harris (b. ca. 1624; d. ?). Mariner.

Master of an unnamed ship ("He is a mariner, and hath bin master of a vessell these 7 yeares past").[1]

Owner of a one sixteenth part of the ship the Dolphin of Sandwich (Master: John Grannt), which was used to transport coal from Newcastle to Sandwich, and probably to other coastal ports, both in England and in France and the United Provinces.

Resident in 1656 in Sandwich in the county of Kent.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thirty-two year old Andrew Harris deposed on January 16th 1656 in the High Court of Admiralty.[2] He was examined on a libel in the cause of "John Grant against Mathew Pinder".[3]

The case concerned the arrest of the ship the Elizabeth of Sandwich, whose master, John Grant or Grannt, was also a one eighth owner of the ship and her lading of coals.The ship had been arrested at the order of Mathew Pinder (alt. Pindar), and Andrew Harris deposed in support of John Grannt. Harris declared his own interest in the case, since he himself owned a one sixteenth part of the Elizabeth.

Andrew Harris estimated the value of the lading of Newcastle coals which had been seized with the ship at £80. He suggested that John Grannt had lost £20 "which he might have gott by going master of the said shipp, had he not bin kept out of possession of her by the arlate Pindar" and had lost a further £10, being one igth of the value of the lading of coal".[4]

Harris commented that some seven or eight weeks after being dispossessed of his ship, John Grannt had sold his own spart of the Elizabeth, with one sixteenth part going to William Hills and the other one sixteenth part going to Valentine Jenkins.[5]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.563r
  2. HCA 13/70 f.563r
  3. HCA 13/70 f.561r
  4. HCA 13/70 f.563r
  5. HCA 13/70 f.563r