Captaine James Cade

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Captaine James Cade
Person Captaine James Cade
Title Captaine
First name James
Middle name(s)
Last name Cade
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Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Master
Associated with ship(s) Anne Pearcey (Master: Captaine James Cade)
Training Not apprentice
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Citizen Unknown
Literacy Signature
Has opening text James Cade
Has signoff text James Cade
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Language skills English language
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Res street Limehouse
Res parish
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Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1617
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First deposition age 41
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/72 f.415v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Aug 7 1658
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Ship classification
Type of ship Possibly a private man of war
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Captaine James Cade (b. ca. 1617; d. ?). Mariner.

Master of the ship the Anne Pearcey.

Resident in 1658 in Limehouse in the parish of Stepney.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty


Personal answers, dated February 24th 1654, of James Cade made to an allegation in the acts of Court on the behalf of Thomas Brookes, Jonas Cruse, Stephen Cruse and Thomas Long.[1]

Cade stated that the mariners who had made the allegation gainst him served in a ship under him. Cade had letters of reprizal granted him against the French and Dutch and other enemies of the English Commonwealth. They seized the ship the Saint Augustine of Amsterdam, with a small quantity of clapboards. They also seized the ship the Abrahams Offeringe, also with clapboards and other goods. Both ships were condemned by the Admiralty Court as lawful prize. Cade acknowledged taking a number of fardels of serges from the Abrahams Offeringe, worth £30, which he said were allowed him by his employers as his privilege. The signature of James Cade at the end of his personal answers is manifestly the same as at the end of his depositon four years later in the Admiralty Court.


Forty-one year old Captaine James Cade deposed on August 7th 1658 in the High Court of Admiralty.[2] He was examined on an allegation on behalf of "Daniell Fayrefaxe Isaack Le Gay and Company and of the sayd Thomas Dethick Richard Browne and Company in "A businesse of examination of wittnesses on behalfe of Daniell Fayrefaxe and Isaack Le Gay and Company owners of the Shipp Anne Pearcie and of Thomas Dethick Richard Browne and Company owners of the goods in the sayd shipp burnt and destroyed by a shipp called the Saint Antonio whereof one Captaine Re[?e] Morrice a dutchman and subiect of the States of the United Provinces was Captaine and against the sayd Captaine Re[?e] Morrice and Captaine [BLANK IN MANUSCRIPT] Lapper in particular and all others in generall that pretend or take upon them to [?instifie] the sayd action of destroying of the sayd shipp the Anne Pearcie and her ladeing".[3]

An allegation for a separate case was dated August 3rd 1658.[4] Allegation states that James Cade was the owner and proprietor of the ship the ffower sisters. In months of August and September 1659 [CHECK DATE!] the ship was trading for Venice in a merchandising voyage.

The ship was surprised and taken by Ree Morrins in the ship the Saint Antonio. At the time of the capture, the Saint Antonio had on board "three Dutch marriners, besides the said Ree Morrin, and they, and alsoe the said Ree Morrin are all subiects of the States of the United Provinces". The Saint Antonio was allegedly purchased by Spaniards and was sent from Holland to Spain under the conduct of a "Holland Convoy".[5]

Comment on sources


PROB 11/266/346 Will of James Cade, Mariner of Landgoarde, Cornwall 25 July 1657


PROB 11/317/521 Will of Robert Cade, Mariner of Saint Olave Southwark, Surrey 15 September 1665
  1. HCA 13/126 IMG_115_03_8948
  2. HCA 13/72 f.415v
  3. HCA 13/72 f.412v
  4. HCA 24/113 Item 145: IMG_112_10_3769
  5. HCA 24/113 Item 145: IMG_112_10_3771