Samuell Coale

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Samuell Coale
Person Samuell Coale
First name Samuell
Middle name(s)
Last name Coale
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Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Foremastman
Associated with ship(s) Anne and Margarett (Master: Charles Dandes)
Training Not apprentice
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Citizen Unknown
Literacy Signature
Has opening text Samuel Cole
Has signoff text Samuell Coale
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Language skills English language
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Res street Horsey downe
Res parish
Res town Southwark
Res county Surrey
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Res country England
Birth year 1635
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First deposition age 25
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/73 f.658v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Dec 10 1660
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Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Samuell Coale (alt. Samuel Cole) (b. ca. 1635; d. ?). Mariner.

Foremastman of the ship the Anne and Margarett on a voyage commencing June 1657 at London. The Anne and Margaret was a ship with eighteen pieces of ordnance and manned with 38 men.[1]

"Hee having...the sea for about tenne yeeres last".[2]

Resident in 1660 in Horsey downe in the county of Surrey.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-five year old Samuell Coale deposed on December 10th 1660 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined in the case of "Nicholas Warren Gregory Westcombe, Thomas Jermyn and Richard Westcombe and company, English merchants concerning the seizure of the ship the Anne and Margaret (Master: Carolus Dandes)..."[3]

The case concerned the seizure of the ship the Anne and Margaret on a voyage from London to Lisbon to Marseilles to Leghorne to Marseilles to ?XXX to Cyprus to Saint John de Arze to Marseilles again and to Tunis. The voyage commenced in London in June 1657, and arrived in Tunis in June 1658.[4]

Waiting for her at Tunis was a cargazon of 800 hides, several bales of bees wax, a quantity of feathers, some Canary seed and several other merchandizes to be transported to Leghorne. They were laden onto the ship, which set sail towards the end of June 1658. En route for Leghorne, on July 3d 1658 she was met with by a ship named the Gelderland (Master: Jacobsen Zens), of which "a great part of his Company were Dutch men and they talked and discoursed alltogether in the Dutch language".

Samuell Coale reported that the Anne and Margaret was attacked without provocation. She was "violently assaulted" and many guns were shot upon her. The shots "killed one of her men and wounded about 7 more besides the Captaine Charles Sanders who was shott in the legg". Coale reported that Captaine Sanders and one other of those who were wounded "died within a short space after of their wounds". The ship was seized and the crew turned out, with the exception of the chirurgeon and four of the wounded. Coale himself was one of the wounded.[5]

Coale valued the cargo which ws seized at 20,000 dollars, each dollar being worth 5 shillings sterling, and valued the ship with all apparrell, rigging, furniture, provisions, guns and ammunition at £3000 sterling.[6]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/73 f.659v
  2. HCA 13/73 f.659v
  3. HCA 13/73 f.658v
  4. HCA 13/73 f.658v
  5. HCA 13/73 f.659r
  6. HCA 13/73 f.659v