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Information on The Treasurer
researched by Virginia "Gynger" A. Cook

New information discovered concerning the ship The Treasurer:

 In the Manchester Papers 1616-1647 the 8th Report of the Royal Commission on Historical  Manuscripts. Appendix Part 2 30a-50a Public Record Office  Class PRO 30/15/2  from the Virginia Colonial Records Project Aug. 14-16 1957 and Oct 25-18November 1957 Survey Report 1106  

page 2, 204.

Authorization by Sir William Bonde of Highgate, Middlesex, to George Weymoth, Gent., of London, to procure in his, Bond's, name, the timber, nails and other necessaries for building a ship of about 40 tons; to have such a ship built in a convenient place; to hire the necessary workmen; to procure rigging,ect, powder and shot, victuals; to  hire 20 able mariners for a year. Dated Sept. 8, 1611. Signed W. Bond.   

page 3  205. third paragraph,

The final paragraph deals with Capt. Argall's voyage of 1612: Departure from England on 23 July and arrival in Virginia on 12 Sept, his 62 men and his stores al in good shape: his course 50 leagues north of the Azores; quotes Argall's letter to Nicholas Hawes, June 1613, to the effect that, thanks to Gates's provident government, and Dale's great pains, Argall found  "both Country in farre better estate there than the report was by such as came home (?) in Sir..." the text ends with " Sir" the catch word.

 From where did The Treasurer sail ?

 I believe The Treasurer sailed from Southampton, the first record I can find of the Treasurer in a British port is in record of a Port Book, Port of Southampton. Customer, Overseas imports and exports. Date Christmas 1615-Christmas 1616 from the list of Exchequer, Queens Remebrancer, Port Books Part 2 1565 to 1700 f. 315 which was copied April 20, 1960

 17June 1616  In the Treasurer of Virginia, 100 tons, John Hope Master, from Virginia, sir Thomas Dale knight and company, natives, imported 2cwt pudding tobacco, valued at 112lb, (i.e. each cwt contained 112 lbs valued at 10s each pound.) It was stated that the subsidy was devalued.

This is the first occasion on which a ship's port of origin has been stated to be Virginia. In the light of an entry in the Acte of the Privy Council of England 1619-21 (v. Index: Ships: Treasurer), it seems that the ship was clearly the TREASURER of Virginia, rather than the TREASURER OF VIRGINIA.

Southampton is within a reasonable jaunt to London as to have been a port to receive goods for Londoners and transport from London. Also, in a note for Dec. 4, 1619, Privy Council Meeting,  Starchamber. This is also a port with direct access to the Atlantic Ocean.

We also know that The Treasurer arrived at the Port of Plymouth, England in June of 1616, when transporting Pocahantas and some of her tribe, on the voyage she and her husband John Rolph took to introduce her to the Court of England.  So we now know in 1616 The Treasurer docked at both ports, Southampton and Plymouth. Will there be more?



Could the Treasurer have looked similar to this ship? Interpretation of a 17th century ship. Artist unknown




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