1676 Royal Navy, sale of ship “Hope” at Deptford Yard (London)

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Nice Navy Office warrant from 1676 advising Deptford Yard on sale of the ship “Hope”. Signed by Principal Officers and Commissaries of His Majesty's Navy. Dates to the reign of King William III (William of Orange).

Whereas Mr. ---   ---- hath paid for the Hope pris. according to a certificate from Mr. Anthony  Stephens Cashier to the Treasr. of his Maj”es Navy. These are therefore to pray & require you to deliver unto this said Mr. – or whom he shall appoint his Maj”es said shipp the Hope pris. together with what was --- in the appraisement sent us up of her before the Sale, the same being sold with her. And for so doing this shall --- Warrant – at the Navy Office this 27th March 76. 
Tho Allin      J. Tippets       R. Haddock   
Jn: Kempthorne
To the Mastr. Attendant Master Shipwr. Storekeeper Clerke of the Cheque & Surv. at


Research has found entry in UK Treasury Books from March 6th 1676. Is this the same ship?:

Warrant from Treasurer Danby to the Customs Cashier to deliver to the Treasurer of the Navy wine bonds for 25,000l. (plus 10 per cent. discount thereon) in satisfaction of tallies levied for that amount payable to the said Treasurer.
Same from same to the Customs Commissioners to discharge the seizure of the small vessel Hope of Guernsey lately come into Cowes and there seized because of a small parcel of coarse wool (since valued at 2l. 16s. 3d.) and some leather found therein and intended for France for a merchant at Cherburg. According to the affidavit of James Breehault said vessel was bound from Guernsey to Alderney and thence to Cherburg to lade corn for Guernsey, but was forced by distress into the Isle of Wight : all which you report to me on the petition of Thomas le Mesurier, owner of said vessel.

Vertical and horizontal folds. Reinforced tears on back. Toning and smudging.

29.5 x 19 cm


Sir Richard Haddock (c. 1629 –1715) was an officer of the Royal Navy. He served during the Anglo-Dutch Wars, eventually rising to the rank of Admiral in August 1690…. He was knighted on 3 July 1675. Haddock was appointed Comptroller of the Navy on 2 February 1682, an appointment he retained until 17 April 1686…. In 1683 he was appointed first Commissioner of the Victualling Office, a post he held until 1690. He entered politics in 1678, being elected to represent Aldeburgh. He became the representative for New Shoreham in 1685, and just before the accession of King William III he again became Controller of the Navy on 12 October 1688, a post he held until his death on 29 January 1714

 Sir Thomas Allin, 1st Baronet (1612–1685) was an officer of the Royal Navy who saw service in the English Civil War, and the Second and Third Anglo-Dutch Wars. A Royalist during the Civil War, he returned to service after the Restoration and eventually rose to the rank of Admiral after serving under some of the most distinguished military figures of the era, including Prince Rupert of the Rhine.

Sir John Kempthorne (c. 1620 – 19 October 1679) was an officer in the English Royal Navy during the Second and Third Anglo-Dutch Wars, who eventually rose to the rank of Vice-Admiral.

Sir John Tippets, surveyor of the Navy 1672.

Deptford Dockyard was an important naval dockyard and base at Deptford on the River Thames, in what is now the London Borough of Lewisham, operated by the Royal Navy from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. It built and maintained warships for 350 years, and many significant events and ships have been associated with it.

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