Martin Herraw

From MarineLives
Jump to: navigation, search

Martin Herraw
Person Martin Herraw
First name Martin
Middle name(s)
Last name Herraw
Spouse of
Widow of
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Cook
Associated with ship(s) Hope of Hamburg
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Marke
Has opening text Martin Herraw
Has signoff text MH
Signoff image (Invalid transcription image)
Language skills German language
Has interpreter
Birth street
Birth parish
Birth town
Birth county
Birth province
Birth country
Res street
Res parish
Res town Hamburg
Res county
Res province
Res country Germania
Birth year 1618
Marriage year
Death year
Probate date
First deposition age 37
Primary sources
Act book start page(s)
Personal answer start page(s)
Allegation start page(s)
Interrogatories page(s)
Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.260v Annotate
Chancery start page(s)
Letter start page(s)
Miscellaneous start page(s)
Act book date(s)
Personal answer date(s)
Allegation date(s)
Interrogatories date(s)
Deposition date(s) Mar 19 1655
How complete is this biography?
Has infobox completed Yes
Has synthesis completed No
Has HCA evidence completed No
Has source comment completed No
Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Martin Herraw (b. ca. 1618; d. ?).

Cook on the ship the Hope of Hamburg, lying in the River Thames in March 1655.

Resident in 1655 in Hamburg.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thirty-seven year old Martin Herraw deposed on March 19th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty.[1] He was examined "Touching a shott of a greate gunn from the shipp the Hope of Hamborough (Peter hammonson Backer master) as shee was lying in the River of Thames".[2]

Martin Herraw recounted a tragic accident leading to the death of a man on shore due to cannon fire from the ship the Hope of Hamburg whilst it lay at anchor in the River Thames. According to Herraw, on Saturday two weeks before his deposition, most of the company, including Martin Herraw, were at work in the hold of their ship whilst it lay at anchor near the New Crane.[3]

Herraw stated that the master of the Hope had called for his gunner "to make a gun cleare and readie, in regard of some friends (English) that were with him". Herraw was still in the hold when he heard a gun go off on board the ship and then a cry from ashore. "Whereupon running up, they saw the master in greate distraction, and heard that the said Gunner had shott off a gunn without the masters order, and that hee knew not that it was laden, and that there was a man killed by the said shott". The Gunner fled from the ship ashore." Herraw concluded that "hee was informed the said master had ordered him to make readie the aftermost gunn, but hee through mistake or neglect of his order made readie one by the maine mast, and that the same was fired or went off before any order given by the master for firing."[4]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.260v
  2. HCA 13/70 f.260r
  3. HCA 13/70 f.260v
  4. HCA 13/70 f.261r