Christopher Malim

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Christopher Malim
Person Christopher Malim
First name Christopher
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Last name Malim
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Occupation Shipwright
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text Christopher Malim
Has signoff text Christopher Malim
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Language skills English language
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Res town Redriff
Res county Surrey
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Res country England
Birth year 1621
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First deposition age 30
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/65 f.14r Annotate, HCA 13/72 f.757v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Jul 29 1651, Jan 2 1659
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Ship classification
Type of ship Shore based trade
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Christopher Malim (b. ca. 1621; d. ?). Shipwright. Master's mate and carpenter on the Anne in 1658.

Resident in 1651 and 1658 in Redriff in the county of Surrey.

A Christopher Malim was one of four appraisors of a probate inventory of Christopher Jones, master and quarter part owner of the ship the Mayflower, dated May 26th 1624.[1] This Christopher Malim was probably the Redriff shipwright, who is credited in secondary sources with building the ship the Lion's Whelp, ca. 1630s. It is unclear how this man is related to the eponymous subject of this biography.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

July 1651

Thirty year old Christopher Malim deposed on July 29th 1651 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on interrogatories "In the behalfe of Paule Dod against Captaine William Ashley touching the shipp the Adventure.[2]

Christopher Malim stated that four months earlier he had been desired by Paul Dod to go along to Hackney to the house of Captaine William Ashley. At Ashley's house, Malim heard Paul Dod ask Ashley about a ship Ashley had taken, which was owned by Dod. Ashley acknowledged that he had taken the ship, but claimed that the ship had been condemned according to law in Court. Nevertheless, Ashley agreed to meet Dod at the Mermaid Taverne in Cornhill, London.[3]

January 1659

Now aged thirty-eight, Christopher Malim deposed on January 3rd 1659 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on behalf of John Buckworth of London and other merchants touching the shipp the Anne (Master: John Atkins).[4]

Still giving his residence as Redriff in Surrey, Malim described himself as master's mate and capenter of the Anne, which had sailed from London to Marseilles, Cyprus, Scanderoone and other parts in the Mediterranean. The ship had departed Gravesend on November 12th 1658. Returning towards London, the Anne had stopped at Falmouth and joined a small convoy under command of the Guinney Frigate, but had then become separated from the other ships. Caught up in a strom, the Anne ran aground on the French coast and was staved in pieces and her goods lost. Malim himself was taken prisoner by the French.[5]

Comment on sources

  1. Online resource, Probate inventory of the Mayflower (1624). Original at TNA, Kew: HCA 24/81, fol. 167/219, viewed 25/10/2016
  2. HCA 13/65 f.14r
  3. HCA 13/65 f.14r
  4. HCA 13/72 f.757v
  5. HCA 13/72 f.758r