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Early life and as a merchant seaman (1728-1755)



Oct. 27 Sun. Born at Marton (N. Riding, Yorkshire), now Cleveland.
Nov. 3 Sun. Baptised at The Parish Church of St. Cuthbert, Marton.


      Family moved to nearby Parish of Ormesby.


      Family returned to Marton.


Nov.-Dec.     Family removed to Aireyholme Farm, Great Ayton.


      Goes to Postgate’s School, Great Ayton.


      Becomes “shop-boy” to Mr. William Sanderson, grocer and haberdasher at Staithes.


      Becomes apprentice to Mr. John Walker, Whitby. Lodges with his master.


Sep. 29 Tue. Servant aboard “Freelove” (collier); Tyne and London.
Dec. 17 Thu. Discharged at Whitby.


Feb. 26 Fri. Servant aboard “Freelove” (collier); Tyne and London.
Apr. 26 Fri. Discharged at Whitby. Works on rigging of new ship “Three Brothers”.
Jun. 14 Tue. Servant aboard “Three Brothers” (horse transport).
Oct. 14 Fri. Returns to Whitby. Sails again, same day, on “Three Brothers” (troop transport) as servant to Liverpool, Dublin and Middleburg (Holland).


Apr. 20 Thu. Returns to Whitby. Sails again, same day, in “Three Brothers”(transport) as Seaman to Norway.
Sep. 26 Tue. Returns to Whitby.
  27 Wed. Sails from Whitby as Seaman in “Three Brothers” (transport).
Dec. 8 Fri. Returns to Whitby. Spends Christmas at Ayton.


Feb. 18 Thu. Sails from Whitby as Seaman in “The Mary of Whitby” (transport) to the Baltic(?).
Oct. 8 Mon. Discharged at London. Makes way to Yorkshire. (May possibly have sailed in “The Hopewell” during this time.)


Feb. 19 Tue. Sails from Whitby as Seaman in “Three Brothers” (transport).
Jul. 30 Tue. Returns to Whitby.
  31 Wed. Sails from Whitby as Seaman in “Friendship” (collier).
Oct. 28 Mon. Discharged at Whitby.
Nov. 21 Thu. Sails from Whitby as Seaman in “Friendship” (collier).


Jan. 7 Fri. Discharged at Whitby.
Mar. 30 Thu. Sails from Whitby as Mate in “Friendship” (collier)
Nov. 10 Fri. Returns to Whitby.


Feb. 2 Fri. Sails from Whitby as Mate in “Friendship” (collier).


Feb. 4 Mon. Returns to Whitby.
Apr. 2 Tue. Sails from Whitby as Mate in “Friendship” (collier).
Jul. 25 Thu. Returns to Shields.
Aug. 9 Tue. Sails from Whitby as Mate in “Friendship” (collier).
Dec. 18 Wed. Returns to Whitby.


Feb. 15 Sat. Sails from Whitby as Mate in “Friendship” (collier).
Jun. 14 Sat. Discharges himself at London.
  17 Tue. Joins Royal Navy at Wapping on H.M.S. Eagle.

Approximate length of voyages

Whitby to Tyne 2 days.
Loading, etc. 7 days.
Tyne to London 7-12 days.
Unloading, etc. 10 days.
London to Tyne 7 days.


Updated: August 1997

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