Shipping Notes

From DA – probably a pretty good cross-section of Jersey captains in NF here:

Lloyd’s List, July 7, 1752, edition.
Arrived in Newfoundland, from Jersey, the vessels:
    “Swan”            Captain Carteret
    “Sarah”            Captain Boutilier/Butler
    “Kingfisher”        Captain Barber
    “Willing Mind”        Captain Cronier
    “Greyhound”        Captain Vibert
    “Esther”        Captain Luce
    “Magdeline”        Captain Coombs
    “Sally”            Captain Remon
    “Phoenix”        Captain Le Brocq
    “Diamond”        Captain Le Couteur
    “Jersey”        Captain Le Croix
    “Prince Frederick”    Captain Combs
    “Molly”            Captain Foit  [ Fiott ]
    “Peter”            Captain Prence
    “Union”            Captain Chevelier
    “Swift”            Captain Janverin

Salem Shipping Notes:

Salem Shipping

Boston Gazette shipping 1737_8

Bristol Trade:

Bristol ships 1700

Bristol Register of Servants

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Ship Registration Index:

French Ships to the New world (some Newfoundland)

Shipping news search:


In 1502, the Gabriel of Bristol brought home the first recorded cargo of cod (36 tons).

1534-1550 Bristol – Ledger of John Smyth, merchant, recording all his trading transactions. His chief venture was shipping West of England cloth to ports of Gascony and the Peninsula in return for wines and dye-stuffs. Among commodities he dealt in were Newfoundland cod and lead from the Mendips.shipping1

Bristol Port Books 1600/1 here:

April 2 1686 Barnstable .. On Wednesday last sailed from hence nine ships bound for
Newfoundland .. Our Virginia ships are not yet arrived.. …

Coastal traffic Portsmouth 1600’s:


  1. April 24th. — From Mich. Oke, John Ballame, and John Tucker,

Rotterdam, to Admiralty Commissioners. Ask for a convoy for their ships richly laden, and bound for Poole, Lyme and Topsham, as they are tied by their merchants not to sail without, the danger being so great.

  1. Feb. 13th. Falmouth. — The Sarah, of Topsham, and Nicholas, of Dartmouth, both bound for Newfoundland, have come in.
  1. March. 22nd. Sagoe. Tucker, Topsham to Barbadoes. Bilb
  2.  Apl. 29th. Ann. Follett, Topsham to Newfoundland. St. Sebastian
  3. March. 16th. The Revival brig, Capt. Ball, from Topsham, for Madeira and Carolina, laden with corn ; taken off Madeira. Canaries
  4. Dec. — The Swallow, Moggridge, from Newfoundland for Dartmouth, carried into St. Sebastian.
  5. Aug. — The William and Betty, Read, both from Milford for Topsham, carried into Morlaix.


Seale 0088 Capt. Geo. Aug. Pynn to C.Hayne 13 Nov. 1754 HP Vol 1 p.52

GAP’s letter sent by Cpt.Abraham Ball. Tolerable good fishery, a bit late in the land. Very hurtful, have four sailing days to Lisbon. If safe arrival GAP will send directions for payment of Harry’s schooling. Hope also of coming to England. Harry’s mother sent a bag of cod etc. for Harry and fish etc. for Mr. & Mrs. Hayne & cat skins for Mrs. H. GAP intended having Harry out in the spring.

Abraham Ball appears in a Pynn PCC judgement and in an early CO record in NF.

26 Aug 1754

Gov. Bonfoy (St. John=s)

John Benger is appointed as Keeper of the Rolls. Richard Ball, William Land, Robert Carter, and Peter Weston Esq are appointed Justices of the Peace for the District of Ferryland.

Thomas Warden, and John Blake Esq are named Justices of the Peace for the District of Trinity.

04 Sept 1766 Gov. Hugh Palliser, Jonathan Horsnaill (St. John’s) Richard Ball (Renews) and  James Keen (Fresh Water) Is indebted £60 to the estate of the late Mary Ludwick and has given a promissory note. Must pay the debt to her executors, which will be split between William Ludwick and Mary Ludwick, now Fitzwater. Otherwise, effects will be seized by Richard Boathwaite, Esq.


Bristol Privateers 1626-8

Attention has been drawn to the inexplicable silence of contemporary chroniclers in reference to the exciting local events of 1626, arising out of the war with France and Spain. When search is made into the State Papers of the two following years, the dumbness of the annalists becomes simply astounding; for the documents afford indisputable proof that the wealth and enterprise of Bristol at this period advanced by leaps and bounds. When England was threatened with destruction by the Spanish Armada, the city was able to furnish only three small ships and a pinnace for the national defence. Between 1626 and 1628, when there was practically no danger at all, Bristol merchants obtained permission from the Government to fit out upwards of sixty vessels with letters of marque, to prey upon the enemy’s commerce. The following list, compiled from the Government records, gives the names and tonnage of the ships, and the names of their chief owners. (The owners marked with an * commanded their own vessels.)

Charles, 800 tons, John Barker, etc. White Angel, 150, G. Elbridge.
Mary Rose, 150, Wm. Pitt, etc. Fortune, 30, do.
Porcupigge, 100, Ric. Gough,* etc. Mary Fortune, 100, do.
Content, 120, Wm. Wyatt, etc. Deliverance, 70, G. Lyndsay.*
George, 300, Hum. Browne, etc. Hercules, 150, And. Bevan.*
Abraham, 200, Hum. Hooke. Joseph, 150, John Barker, etc.
Patience, 190, Nic. Gatonby.* Bon Esperance, 100, J. Gonning, etc.
Angel Gabriel, 300, G. Elbridge. Fortune, 200, T. Cole,* etc.

Comfort, 160, J. Woodson.* Friendship, 50, T. Wilde.
George, 200, C. Driver.* Neptune, 120, C. Driver, etc.
Recovery, – do. (unnamed), 40, do.
Elizabeth, 200, W. Ellis. (unnamed), 40, do.
Porcupine, 50, T. Wright. Amity, 100, E. Peters, etc.
Mary, 60, Thos. Colston. Endeavour, 50, J. Tomlinson, etc.
Falcon, 80, J. Mynnes,* etc. Rosemary, 100, W. Ellis, etc.
Mary Rose, 200, J. Barker,* etc. Falcon, 100, T. Wilde, etc.
Thunder, 70, J. Taylor, etc. Mayflower, 50, T. Wilde, etc.
Gilbert, 140, Wm. Ofield.* Mary, 80, Peter White,* etc.
Eagle, 140, H. Hooke, etc. Dolphin, 150, J. Mynnes,* etc.
Falcon, 40, do. Thomas, 100, B. Elliott,* etc.
Thomas, 60, T. Wright.* (unnamed), 40, do.
Sarah, 100, Michael Wright.* Little Charles, 80, H. Hooke, etc.
Swiftsure, 100, do. Dragon, 200, Thos. James,* etc.
Martha, 100, do.* Greyhound, 100, J. Reeves,* etc.
Primrose, 40, do. Hercules, 70, H. Hawley,* etc.
Bristol Merchant, 250, T. Colston,etc. Marigold, 70, W. Ellis, etc.
Supply, 200, Wm. Pitt, etc. Lion, 220, J. Gonning, etc.
Renew, 80, T. Barker. Lion’s Whelp, 50, do.
St. George, 30, G. Elbridge, etc. Flying Hart, 25, Wm. Pitt, etc.
James, 100, Hum. Hooke, etc. Scout, 15, Hum. Hooke.
Hope, 100, T. Wilde, etc. Several small pinnaces.

Bristol Shipping notes

Distribution of ships from England to Jersey:


The port books of Southampton 1426-1443; a lot of early Channel Islands

Customs letter-books of the port of Liverpool, 1711-1813

More Letters of Marque:

The Ledger of John Smythe, 1538-1550 Bristol