Benjamin Lee

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Benjamin Lee
Person Benjamin Lee
First name Benjamin
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Last name Lee
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Occupation Waterman
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text Benjamin Lee
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Language skills English language
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Res town Greenwich
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 13/71 f.370v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Aug 21 1656
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Ship classification
Type of ship River boat
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Benjamin Lee (b. ca. 1624; d. ?). Waterman.

Resident in 1656 in Greenwich in the county of Kent.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thirty-two year old Benjamin Lee deposed on August 27th 1656 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Captaine Totty in the cause of "Huggery, Turpin and Company against Captaine John Totty".[1]

Benjamin Lee stated that he was one of six men hired by Captaine Totty to work aboard the ship the Edward and John. This was in June 1656 and the ship at that time lay at an anchor near Greenwich. On coming to the ship, the six men found the ship's company to be in an angry mood and refusing to unload any goods from the ship. There was a lighter lying at her side half laden and the company of the ship had ceased to work. The company explained that there was damage to goods onboard and that they wanted the damage surveyed before any further goods were to be removed.[2]

Regarding his wages, Benjamin Lee stated that "this deponents wages and hire came to five shillings for his said worke, and hee supposeth the hire of the others came after the same rate for the time of their being aboard". He appeared as a witness in the Court at the request of Captaine Totty "who gave him a shilling towards his losse of time, and this deponent expecteth it to be made up two shillings or 2s 6d, being what hee could otherwise earne in the same time".[3]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/71 f.370v
  2. HCA 13/71 f.370v
  3. HCA 13/71 f.371r