George Crane

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George Crane
Person George Crane
First name George
Middle name(s)
Last name Crane
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Master's mate
Associated with ship(s)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Signature
Has opening text Georgius Crane
Has signoff text George Crane
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Language skills English language
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Res parish Saint Mary Magdalen
Res town Bermondsey
Res county Surrey
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Res country England
Birth year 1625
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First deposition age 25
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/63 f.393v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Sep 11 1650
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Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

George Crane (alt. Georgius Crane) (b. ca. 1625; d. ?). Mariner.

Master's mate on various ships.

"Hath gonne as a mariner six or seaven severall voyages from hence to the Canarie Islands, and for foure or five voyages hee hath gone masters mate thither in three severall shipps".[1]

Resident in 1650 in the parish of Saint Mary Magdalen Bermondsey in the county of Surrey.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-five year old George Crane deposed on September 11th 1650 in the High Court of Admiralty.[2] He was examined on an allegation on behalf of ffernandez in the cause "Rodriguez et ffernadez con Claes Peters".[3]

George Crane was asked specifically about weights and measures in the Canary Island trade. He stated from this knowledge of the trade that he "is acquainted with the tonnage of the goods and merchandizes arlate, and saith that two pipes and noe lesse of Canary wine doe make and are accompted to a tonne and noe more; and that hides are of severall computations as they are bigger or lesser, but they have bin and are usually accompted and reckoned after 42 or 43 hides to a tonn, but if they are smaller then ordinary, then 45 are often accompted to a tonne. And saith that fourteene quintalls of ginger and noe lesse are usually accompted to and doe make a tonne and noe more, three chests and noe lesse of sugar doe make and are commonly accompted to a tonne and noe more; and 20 kintalls and noe less of campecha loggs and doe make and are usually accompted to a tonne and noe more, and eight pottacoes and noe lesse of tobaccoes are (as hee hath often heard and beleeveth) estimated and commonly accompted to make a tonne".[4]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/63 f.393v
  2. HCA 13/63 f.393v
  3. HCA 13/63 f.393r
  4. HCA 13/63 f.393v