James Presman

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James Presman
Person James Presman
First name James
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Last name Presman
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Occupation Mariner
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Mariner occupation Pilot
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text James Prestman
Has signoff text James Presman
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Language skills English language
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Res street Wapping
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Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1604
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First deposition age 46
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/63 f.271r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Jun 24 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

James Presman (alt. Prestman) (b. ca. 1604; d. ?). Mariner.

Served as pilot of the Charitie of Lubeck when she was pillaged by pirates off Rotterdam in May 1650.

Resident in 1650 in Wapping.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Forty-six year old James Presman deposed on June 24th 1650 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on interrogatories "Ex parte Particy Swinocke citatis Londn mercatoris quoad ye Charitie of Lubeck in a case of assecuraconis".

James Presman stated he well knew the ship the Charitie of Lubeck (Master: Simon Sosse). According to Presman, the Charitie was en route from London to Danzig a month ago, when it was "sett upon and pillaged by pyrates or sea rovers in a small frigot commanded by an Englishman". The incident was about fourteen leagues off Rotterdam. The pirates pillaged packs of goods from the ship "close and hard packed". This Presman witnessed, since at the time he was serving as pilot of the Charitie. Presman did not know the contents of the packs "but beleeveth they were by the fashion of their packing fine goods".[1]

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  1. HCA 13/63 f.271r