John Moor

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John Moor
Person John Moor
First name John
Middle name(s)
Last name Moor
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Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Master's mate
Associated with ship(s) Imployment (Master: John Bayly)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
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Citizen Unknown
Literacy Signature
Has opening text John Moore
Has signoff text John Moor
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Language skills English language
Has interpreter
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Res town Ipswich
Res county Suffolk
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Res country England
Birth year 1626
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First deposition age 29
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.679r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Nov 7 1655
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Has infobox completed Yes
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Ship classification
Type of ship Coal ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

John Moor (alt. Moore) (b. ca. 1626; d. ?). Mariner.

Master's mate of the ship the Imployment (Master: John Bayly).

"One of the company" of the ship the Imployment and "having soe bin for these twelve moneths last past".[1]

"Hee hath belonged to the sayd shipp the Imployment for about twelve moneths last past".[2]

Has used the trade of a collyer "for these fifteene or sixteene yeares last past"[3]

Resident in 1655 in Ipswich in the county of Suffolk.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-nine year old John Moor deposed on November 7th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on a livell on behalf of John Bayly and Company in the case of "John Bayly and Company owners of the shipp the Imployment against the shipp the James and Marten (wheref Phillipp Stafford is master) and against the sayd Stafford and company coming in for their interest therein and against whomsoever els appearing in this behalfe."[4]

The case involved damage to the ship the Imployment as a result of sitting on the anchor of a second ship, the James and Martin, when they were both riding near Execution dock in the River Thames. The Imployment was a large ship of about three hundred tons burthen.[5]

John Moor stated that John Bayly owned one sixteenth part and one thirty second part of the ship the Imployment, having bought the shares sight or tenn months ago from a Mr Bowle.

The damage done to the Imployment was dramatic, with John Moor describing one hundred men being caused to come from other ships and from on shore to help them bail the Imployment to save her from sinking and to get her to shore to stop her leak. It took a considerable time. The crew "could not get her a shoare till five tydes after shee bilged upon the sayd Anchor as aforesayd, although during the sayd five tydes the sayd master of the Imployment kept sixty men and upwards besides the company of the Imployment to pumpe her and endeavour to get her on shoare".

The rate at which the cole heavers and labourers were prepared to unload the ship's coals skyrocketed once the coal was wet. John Moor reported that "hee heard the sayd Master of her before the damage aforesayd happened saye that hee had sold the Coales on board the sayd shipp for twenty three pounds at tenn shillings a score, and had agreed with seaventeene labourers to unlade them at the rate, some of them, of 9 s, some of 10 s, and some of 12 s a man soe to unlade her, and hee saith that after the shipp Imployment was bilged and damaged as aaforesayd hee knoweth that the sayd labourers by reason the coales had receaved much water and that they were of necessitie to stand neere upon middle deepe in water to unlade them, did refuse to unlade them at the prices which the sayd Master had before agreed with them for, whereupon the sayd master in this deponents hearing and presence did for that there was a necessitie of lightening the sayd shipp of the sayd coales agree to give them some of them twenty fower shillings and others twenty six shillings a man, to unlade the same".[6]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.679r; HCA 13/70 f.679v
  2. HCA 13/70 f.680r
  3. HCA 13/70 f.680v
  4. HCA 13/70 f.679r
  5. HCA 13/70 f.680r
  6. HCA 13/70 f.680v