William Bassett

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William Bassett
Person William Bassett
First name William
Middle name(s)
Last name Bassett
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Grasier
Secondary shorebased occupation
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Associated with ship(s)
Training Not apprentice
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Citizen Unknown
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Has opening text William Bassett
Has signoff text William Bassett
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Language skills English language
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Res street Shadwell
Res parish Stepney
Res town
Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1618
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First deposition age 40
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/72 f.416v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Sep 8 1658
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Ship classification
Type of ship Shore based trade
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

William Bassett (b. ca. 1618; d. ?). Grasier.

Resident in 1658 in Shadwell.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Forty year old William Bassett deposed on September 8th 1658 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on a libel on behalf of William Thomas in the case of "Wm Thomas against the shipp the John of Barkesheire and against Edmund Halley and his part thereof."[1]

William Bassett stated that "in or about the Month of Aprill 1656 there was a treaty of imployment of the arlate shipps the John of Barkeshire and the Sarah of London upon a maritime voyage and imployment from London to Greeneland and thence back for London made betwixt this deponent the arlate William Bassett the arlate Edmund Halley and William Thomas part owners of the three quarter parts of the sayd shipps, and Symon Messinger John Tarleton and Robert Browning arlate part owners of the other quarter part of the sayd shipps." An agreement was reached between all parties concerning the managing and ordering of a planned voyage to Spitzbergen ("Greeneland") to seek whales, and a contract was drawn up.[2]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/72 f.416v
  2. HCA 13/72 f.416v