James Collett

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James Collett
Person James Collett
First name James
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Last name Collett
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Occupation Mariner
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Mariner occupation Cooper
Associated with ship(s) Harry Bonadventure (Master: Robert Swanley)
Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text James Collett
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Language skills English language
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Res parish Stepney
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Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1625
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First deposition age 28
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/68 f.133v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Sep 22 1653
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

James Collett (b. ca. 1635; d. ?). Mariner and cooper of the ship the Harry Bonadventure

Resident in the parish of Stepney in 1653.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-eight year old James Collett deposed on September 22nd 1653 in the High Court of Admiralty.[1] He was examined on an allegation on behalf of the Keeper of the Liberty of England in "A Busines of Examination of witnesses for the perpetuall Remembrance of the matter on behalfe of the Keeper of the Liberty of England by authority of Parliament concerning the losse of a certaine shipp named the Harry Bonadventure whereof Robert Swanley was Captaine and the goods that were in her and concerning a certaine shipp or vessell named the Saint Peter where of one Claes Symondson Cohone was master being a shipp formerly belonging to the Dutch subiects of the States of the United Provinces and taken and seized by Captaine Swanly in the sayd shipp the Harry Bonadventure in the immediate service of this Commonwealth".[2]

James Collett described the voyage of the Harry Bonadventure under the command of Robert Swanly in the Mediterranean in the period February to June 1653. The ship was on a warlike voyage in the immediate service of the English Commonwealth. Near Messina, the Harry Bonadventure fought a naval battle with two Dutch ships, resulting in the capture of the Saint Peter, the larger of the two Dutch ships. The prize ship the Saint Peter itself was damaged and had to return to Messina for repairs. However, the reception of the English at Messina was hostile, and Swanly set sail again along the coast of Sicily, intending to go to Tunis. Near Trapany, the Harry Bonadventure came across more Dutch ships and put into Trapany for shelter. Despite promises of protection from the governor of Trapany, Van Trump's Dutch ships entered the harbour and the Harry Bonadventure was captured.[3]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/68 f.133v
  2. HCA 13/68 f.130r
  3. HCA 13/68 f.134v