William Venus

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William Venus
Person William Venus
First name William
Middle name(s)
Last name Venus
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Shipwright
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Ship carpenter
Associated with ship(s)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Not citizen
Literacy Marke
Has opening text
Has signoff text Interlocking "V" and "W"
Signoff image (Invalid transcription image)
Language skills English language
Has interpreter
Birth street
Birth parish
Birth town
Birth county
Birth province
Birth country
Res street
Res parish Saint Mary Magdalen
Res town Bermondsey
Res county Surrey
Res province
Res country England
Birth year 1611
Marriage year
Death year
Probate date
First deposition age 41
Primary sources
Act book start page(s)
Personal answer start page(s)
Allegation start page(s)
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/72 f.88v Annotate, HCA 13/72 f.115r Annotate
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Act book date(s)
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Deposition date(s) Mar 12 1652, Aug 27 1657, Sep 15 1657
How complete is this biography?
Has infobox completed Yes
Has synthesis completed No
Has HCA evidence completed Yes
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

William Venus (b. ca. 1611-1615; d. ?). Shipwright.

Carpenter on the Sara and John in 1650, and similarly carpenter on the Six Brothers on her last four voyages. All voyages were made with William Greene as master.

Resident in 1652 and 1657 in the parish of Saint Mary Magdalen in Bermondsey, Surrey.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Forty-one year old William Venus was deposed on March 12th 1652 in the High Court of Admiralty.[1] He was examined on an allegation on behalf of William Greene in "A business of examination of witnesses for the perpetual remembrance of the matter concerneing the shooting att and chaseing and endeavouring to seize and take the shipp the John and Sara of London (whereof William Greene was master and partowner etcetera promoted by the said Greene and Company against the King of Portugall et cetera".[2]

William Venus stated that he was carpenter on the John and Sara (Master: William Greene) on the disputed voyage to the Islands of Terera, Saint Michaells and ffiall. He signed off the deposition with his marke, which was an interlocking V and W.[3]

Forty-two year (sic) old William Venus was deposed a second time on August 27th 1657 in the High Court of Admiralty.[4] The case was that of "William Greene master of the shipp the Sixe Brothers against William ffisher merchant".[5]

Venus stated in his evidence that he had gone on four voyages on the ship the Six Brothers as carpenter of her. The last such voyage had been from Porto in Portugal to London. He confirmed that on her last voyage her master had been William Greene, who had been put in command of her by her owners. In all he had known the ship for about three years, and as a result knew most of her owners.

Venus stated that he had heard William Greene say after the ship had been laded at Porto that he would have refused to take on board William ffisher's goods, if he had known that they were ffisher's. The reason being that he had had trouble with ffisher in the past over the carriage of goods.[6] Venus moreover stated that the goods of all the merchants, which were carried on the ship, arrived in good order and condition in London, and that there was no damage or embezzlement.

He signed off the deposition with his marke, which was an interlocking V and W.[7]

William Venus was deposed in the High Court of Admiralty a third time two and a half weeks later on September 15th 1657.[8] His deposition was related to the same ship, the Six Brothers', but in the case of "Low and company against Townsend and others." Specifically, he was examined upon an allegation given in on behalf of Lowe and company touching the Six Brothers, dated September 14th 1657.[9]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/69: IMG_101_06_3643
  2. HCA 13/69: IMG_101_06_3641
  3. HCA 13/69: IMG_101_06_3645
  4. HCA 13/72 f.88v
  5. HCA 13/72 f.88r
  6. HCA 13/72 f.89r
  7. HCA 13/72 f.89r
  8. HCA 13/72 f.115r
  9. HCA 13/72 f.114v