High Court of Admiralty: Prize Court: Papers

Details of HCA 32
Reference:HCA 32
Title:
High Court of Admiralty: Prize Court: Papers
Description:

This series consists of papers relating to cases concerning ships captured as prize in time of war. Although the papers cover the period 1592 to 1855, the core dates of the bulk of the papers are 1655 to 1817. As well as documents filed during the course of the trial the series contains exhibits.

Among the wide variety of documents are abstracts, accounts of damages, accounts of sales, Acts, agreements, allegations, answers, appeals with protocols, appraisements, arbitrations, attestations, bills of charges, bills of lading, certificates, citations, claims, commissions, cong├ęs (passports), day books, depositions, examinations, inhibitions, interrogatories, inventories, journals of proceedings, letters from envoys, letters of attorney, letters of marque, libels, log books, monitions, passports, petitions, proceedings of Vice-Admiralty courts abroad, process, reclamations, registrars' reports, relaxations, releases, reports, sentences, ships' papers, substitutions, translations, vouchers, warrants, writs of prohibition and other documents.

Please note: digital copies of selected records within this series can be searched and downloaded (specific links for the relevant documents are provided at piece or item level).

Date: 1592-1855
Related Material: additional finding aid ZBOX 1/92/2
additional finding aid ZBOX 1/92/1
additional finding aid ZBOX 1/91
Separated Material: Miscellaneous objects, artefacts and documents have been transferred from this and other series to HCA 65
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record
Language: English
Creator: High Court of Admiralty, Prize Court, 1660-1875
Physical description: 1849 bundles and volumes
Access conditions: Available in original form unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition: Between June 1856 and March 1857 (HCA 32/1-1345 only). Tower of London Pieces 1-1820 were transferred between 1856 and 1864, as specified here. It is not known exactly when pieces 1821 to 1846 were transferred, but piece 1847 came from Unsorted Miscellanea in 1981.
1863-1864 (pieces 1346 to 1820). High Court of Admiralty Pieces 1-1820 were transferred between 1856 and 1864, as specified here. It is not known exactly when pieces 1821 to 1846 were transferred, but piece 1847 came from Unsorted Miscellanea in 1981.
Unpublished finding aids: HCA 32/494-1820 will be found listed in detail in IND 1/10324-10325 which are on open access. Please speak to staff at the enquiry desk for the precise location.

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