Edward Jarrett

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Edward Jarrett
Person Edward Jarrett
First name Edward
Middle name(s)
Last name Jarrett
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Gunner
Associated with ship(s) Trades Increase
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
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Citizen Unknown
Literacy Marke
Has opening text Edward Jarrett
Has signoff text J
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Language skills English language
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Res street Shadwell
Res parish Stepney
Res town
Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1625
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First deposition age 36
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/72 f.194v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Dec 21 1657
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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

Edward Jarrett (b. ca. 1625; d. ?). Mariner.

A seaman for twenty four years (so since ca. the age of twelve in ca. 1637).

Gunner on the ship the Trades Increase in mid-1657.

Resident in 1657 in Shadwell.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thirty-six year old Edward Jarrett deposed on December 21st 1657 in the High Court of Admiralty.[1] He was examined on an allegation on the behalf of Trevorgyne in the case of "Peter Cole and others against Trevorgye".[2]

Edward Jarrett stated that he kept a journal when a gunner on the Trades Increase. This statement is somewhat puzzling, since Jarrett attested to the written record of his evidence with a simple marke, rather than a signature. It is possible that he had a fellow mariner write down his observations on his behalf, but we have no evidence that this was how Jarrett kept his alleged journal. Nevertheless, Jarrett is explicit that his journal enables him to state precisely that it was on July 15th 1657 that his ship the Trade Increase set sail from Barbados bound for London.[3]

Jarrett reported that the ship lay at Barbados, where she took on a cargo of sugar, and that she shipped very little water there - requiring just one pump to be operated every twenty-four hours. The ship set sail from Spike Bay on July 15th 1657 for England and was a strong ship with few leaks. On August 20th 1657 she experienced a "very violent storm" lasting three days and nights. Her seams opened and she took on much water. On September 1st 1657 just one hundred leagues from England she encountered a further violent tempest lasting four days.[4]

Edward Jarrett testified to having bin a seaman for twenty-four years and stated that in such seas a ship would always leak. He was of the opinion that the lading was damaged largely by water that came from above and not from below.[5]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/72 f.194v
  2. HCA 13/72 f.193v
  3. HCA 13/72 f.194v
  4. HCA 13/72 f.194v
  5. HCA 13/72 f.195r