Christopher Hamlin

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Christopher Hamlin
Person Christopher Hamlin
First name Christopher
Middle name(s)
Last name Hamlin
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Widow of
Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation One of the Company
Associated with ship(s) Constant Ruth (Master: Captaine Hayman)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Marke
Has opening text Christopher Hamlin
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Language skills English language
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Res town Islington
Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1627
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First deposition age 27
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.165v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Sep 9 1654
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Has infobox completed Yes
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Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Christopher Hamlin (b. ca. 1627; d. ?). Mariner.

A member of the company of the Constant Ruth in 1653.

Appears to have been a common man on the Constant Ruth, but not absolutely clear.

Resident in 1654 in Islington in Middlesex ("where he hath lived above three yeares past").[1]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-seven year old Christopher Hamlin deposed on September 9th 1654 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Jones and Company in the case of "Jones and Company Mariners in the shipp the Constant Ruth against Holworthy, Williams and Company".[2]

Christopher Hamlin stated that he had been on board (and presumably a member of the company) of the ship the Constant Ruth from March 1653 at Barbados until she was taken. Hamlin gave evidence as to the wages of certain men on board ship, saying "when Captaine Hayman Master of the sayd shipp did enter him this deponent in his shipp=booke he shewed this deponent there was allowed unto the sayd John Lingham, Edward White and John Jones marriners of the sayd shipp the summe of 1 li 8 s per month to each of them, and he sayth that the sayd John Wood was Cooke of the sayd shipp, the sayd Robert Weedings was Bosen and the sayd Luke Holliday was the Captaynes boy but what their wages were he knoweth not".[3]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.165v
  2. HCA 13/70 f.165v
  3. HCA 13/70 f.165v