William Sandwell

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William Sandwell
Person William Sandwell
First name William
Middle name(s)
Last name Sandwell
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Occupation Mariner
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Mariner occupation
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Training Not apprentice
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Citizen Unknown
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Has opening text William Sandwell
Has signoff text William Sandwell
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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 1633
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First deposition age 26
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/73 f.88r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Mar 4 1659
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Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

William Sandwell (b. ca. 1633; d. ?). Mariner.

Master of an unnamed ship in 1659.

In his Admiralty Court deposition, aged twenty-six he stated, remarkably, that "hee hath used the sea for about eighteene yeeres last, and about six yeeres last hath bin a master of a ship".[1]

Resident in 1659 in Shadwell.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-six year old William Sandwell deposed on March 4th 1659 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation in the case of " Sorrell con Hall".[2]

William Sandwell had come to the Admiralty Court to testify at the request of Mr Hall, master of the ship the Agreement.

William Sandwell stated that in November 1657 he had been going to the waterside, near Colestairs, where he saw John Tyler and othrs talking in a carpenter's yard with Mordecay Yonge. Sandwell believed that Mordecay Yonge was a member of the company of the ship the Abigail. He heard the men discussing the collision of the ships the Abigail and the Agreement in the River Thames.

Sandwell recalled that "hee stood a little way off to heare what the said Yonge would say and relate about the said busines". Sandwell heard Mordecay Yonge "in the hearing of this deponent told them to this or the very same effect: that the ships being in company together, and they being neere Mr Hall, they called one to one another, to take more roome; and one of the Abigails company being at the lead said that there was sholes water, And some of the Abigails company hearing him called to the man of the Abigails helme, and bid him starboard, starboard and hee at the Helme replied that, if yow will have it starboard I will starboard it enough, put the helme hard a starboard, and went from the same, and by that meanes, before wee could recover our ship, we fell foule of Mr Halls".[3]

Sandwell had to leave at that point in the discussion, but last Tuesday he went to visit Mr Hall at his home. He went "to discourse with him (hee this deponent being his neighbour and using alsoe the Newcastle trade) and there found one whose name (as this deponent now remembreth) was John Bathoe". John Bathoe told Mr Hall, as Sandwell listened on, "that the ship Abigail bore up from the South East to the North East. And said alsoe that had hee the said Bathoe found any thing in his way hee would have taken it up and nocked the man on the head that was att the helme: for being soe crosse in putting the helme soe much on starboard, and leaving it so".[4]

Comment on sources


August 16 1663

"Sunday August 16 1663
Collected on a Briefs (for William Sandwood of Shadwell in the parish of Sheppey (sic)) in the parish of Smarden in the County of Kent the sum of two shillings and two pence by us Robert Combe Curate Churchwardens"[5]

September 6th 1663

1663. Sept. 6. William Sandwell of Shadwell in Ctie Middlesex "for a loss at sea" 05 s 09 d"


October 25th 1663

"Memorand. There was colected in the p'rish church of Haruord Stocke by Edward Somes Senior & Christopher Reade churchwardens upon a briefe which came from William Sandwell of Shadwell in the parish of Stepney in the county of Middlesex the somme of 3 shillinges October ye 25th 1663."[7]


Horinger church briefs

"Collected towards ye losse of William Sandwell sustained by sea"[8]
  1. HCA 13/73 f.88v
  2. HCA 13/73 f.88r
  3. HCA 13/73 f.88r; HCA 13/73 f.88v
  4. HCA 13/73 f.88v
  5. Online resource, Smarden collections, 1663-1710, PDF, p.112
  6. Robert Garraway Rice, 'On the parish registers of SS. Peter and Paul, Mitcham, Surrey (from A.D. 1563 to 1679) in The Reliquary, vol. 18, 1877-78 (London), p.3
  7. E.P. Gibson (ed.), Registers of Stock Harvard, co. Essex, from 1563 to 1700 (XXXX, XXXX), p/ ?
  8. Horringer parish registers. Baptisms, marriages, and burials, with appendixes and biographical notes. 1558 to 1850, p.207