Thomas Ellis

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Thomas Ellis
Person Thomas Ellis
First name Thomas
Middle name(s)
Last name Ellis
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Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Cooper, Steward
Associated with ship(s)
Training Not apprentice
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Citizen Unknown
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Has opening text Thomas Ellis
Has signoff text Thomas Ellis
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Language skills English language
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Res parish Saint Catherines near the Tower
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1611
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First deposition age 44
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.495r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Apr 25 1655
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Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Thomas Ellis (b. ca.1611; d.?). Cooper and steward on the ship the Pilgrim in 1655.

Resident in the parish of Saint Catherines near the Tower in 1655.

Thomas Ellis is a relatively common C17th name amongst tradesmen and merchants. No will has been identified for a Thomas Ellis, cooper.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Forty-four year old Thomas Ellis deposed on April 25th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on a libel on behalf of John Bland and Company in the case of John Bland and Company owners of the shipp the Pilgrim whereof James Watkin was master and alsoe Samuell Bathurst Richard Baker and George Clarke owners of the goods in the sayd shipp against the shipp the Exeter Merchant whereof Thomas Woodfin was Master and against the sayd Thomas Woodfin and Company comming in for their interest et cetera".[1]

Ellis stated that as steward and cooper of the ship the Pilgrim in Spring 1655 he saw parcels of wines and oils laden on the ship for the accounts of Samuel Bathurst, Richard Baker and George Clarke. Bathurst had one hundred and fifty butts of oil, Baker had twenty butts of wine and Clarke had fifty butts of oil.[2]

In May 1655 the Pilgrim lay at anchor at Dicks shore, when the ship the Exeter Merchant ran foul of her and caused much damage. Many of the casks of wine and oil became leaky from the heavy blow struck the Pilgrim. Ellis recalled the crew of the Pilgrim pumping the bilges to clear the ship of water, and that they also "pumped up great store of oyles and wynes". Ellis valued the lost oil at £20 per butt and the lost Spanish wine at £9 per butt.[3]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.495r
  2. HCA 13/70 f.495r
  3. HCA 13/70 f.495v