John Roo

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John Roo
Person John Roo
First name John
Middle name(s)
Last name Roo
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Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Master's mate
Associated with ship(s) Successe of Dover (Master: David Adamsone)
Training Not apprentice
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Literacy Marke
Has opening text John Roo
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Language skills English language
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Res town Dover
Res county Kent
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Res country England
Birth year 1608
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First deposition age 48
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.66v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Mar 6 1655
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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 Roo (b. ca. 1608; d. ?). Mariner.

Late master's mate of the ship the Successe.

Resident in 1655 in Dover in the county of Kent.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Forty-eight year old Thomas Roo deposed on March 6th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation in the case of "De Haze and Stock against Cable".[1]

Thomas Roo stated that he had known Michael de Haze and Abraham Stock for seventeen years, during which time Roo had sailed from Dover, and where De Haze and Stock were dwellers. They were the owners of the ship the Successe, on whose last voyage Roo had sailed as master's mate when she was cast away.[2]

Roo recalled that "in the end of July and beginning of August last past, the said shipp Successe was and remained at Newcastle upon Tyne and there was laden with sea coales for the accompt of Mr de Haze and Mr Stock". Leaving Newcastle on November 6th 1654 she had been bound for Dover with coals for the account of her owners. "in her course of proceeding comming on the eighth of the same moneth about halfe an houre past two in the morning upon a place called the Wells and about tenn fathome water, and the winde blowing pretty stifly at South and by East, some of the company of the Successe espied a vessell comming before the winde upon them, whereupon when the said vessell came neerer, they cried and called out to the company of the said vessell to beare up, telling them that otherwise they would sincke them (speaking of the company of the Successe) but the said vessell (her company making noe answer) sailed right upon the Successe, which being perceived by the company of the Successe they put their helme a port and used all meanes to preserve themselve from the shock".[3]

However, "the said other shipp ran directly aboard her and brake her downe to the water, soe that shee perished and sunck with her lading, provisions, and mariners clothes, without saving of ought but the mens lives, and this happened through the neglect of the company of the said other vessell, who if they had bin carefull and diligent might have prevented the said mishap".[4]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.66v
  2. HCA 13/70 f.66v
  3. HCA 13/70 f.66v
  4. HCA 13/70 f.67r