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Piracy and Poole, 1580-1730

Author: Don Nutt                       Elizabethan Days At the start of the period Piracy was rife in the Poole area and Lloyd saw it as one of Dorset’s important industries[1], “having […]

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Poole Smugglers, 1580-1730

  Authors:   Cynthia Wall & Susan Jabbari Introduction Roger Guttridge’s book, ‘Dorset Smugglers’ has been used extensively in assembling this summary note. According to him the word “smuggle” probably dates […]

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Poole’s Governance then and maritime security

. Fishermen and traders alike cared very much about their safe passage free from risks from pirates and privateers. Life was hard enough without having to deal with the loss […]

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The Smuggler’s Curse

Copy of an original letter written by a smuggler to a Captain Bursack of the Revenue Cutter Speedwell and was found in Poole Custom House during renovations. The gentleman in […]

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The Pirate Code

Pirates are considered to be a brutal, lawless lot.  But on board ship, they live under a set of rules called ‘The Pirates Code’ or ‘Articles of Agreement’.  Each Captain […]

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Poole’s Coastal Shipping Trade, 1580-1730

Author: Don Nutt Overview and summary The coastal shipping business was a significant and growing activity across the period. But it is difficult to be precise since trade and responsibilities […]

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Vessel Size

Observations on Vessel Size – 1580-1730 David Hudson In discussing vessels of this period it is common for the name and rig to be given followed by a tonnage and […]

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The lives and some experiences of our leading men – Thomas Button

Admiral Sir Thomas Button (1565-1634) Button was for much of his career Admiral of the Narrow Seas – that water defined by the Bristol Channel and across the whole of […]

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The lives and some experiences of our leading men – John Bennett

Captain John Bennett RN (1670-1717) Bennett was a Royal Navy captain for parts of his career but also had other interests; sufficient that he left a will worth several millions […]

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The Fate of the Anne

Early in August 1625, three sailors, Nicholas Nurrey, Robert Rapson and Thomas Marryner arrived in Poole with an ominous tale to tell. A meeting was hastily arranged with the Mayor […]