Catalogue description Captured ship: L'Amphitrion , formerly Le Marquis de la Fite (master Jean Baptiste...

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Details of HCA 32/94/3
Reference: HCA 32/94/3

Captured ship: L'Amphitrion, formerly Le Marquis de la Fite (master Jean Baptiste Laborde).

History: a French merchant ship (150 tons, 24 men) bound from Martinique to Bordeaux, laden with sugar, coffee, sweetmeats, fine drams; taken on 15/26 June 1744 by the privateer Young Ceres (James Soper commanding), and brought into Dartmouth.


Court papers:- [CP 1-CP 3] commisioners' affidavit, translators, examinations taken at Dartmouth; [CP 4] returned monition; [CP 5] allegation.

Bundles A-C: Ship's papers in: -

  • Bundle A: wrapper marked A, and receipts now numbered A1-A22;
  • Bundle B: bills of lading and similar papers, originally comprising 126 papers and [now] numbered B1-B126, but papers B 24, B89-B99 and B101-B126 are missing.
  • Bundle C: [a master's archive of] ten manuscript books belonging to Laborde, 1741-1744:-
    • C1: missing;
    • C2: Etat des consommations;
    • C3: parchment covered book of accounts;
    • C4: index book;
    • C5: printed booklet of an appeal before the Conseil Superieur of Martinique, 'Pour Le Sr Bessolde Castillon négociant appellant contre Les Srs Eymer et Petit de Julienne aussi Négociants, Intimés';
    • C6: Livre Darimetique; a ms arithmetic instruction book made for Laborde in 1741;
    • C7: Copie des Lettres; Laborde's out-letter book, 1741-1744;
    • C8: account book;
    • C9: journal;
    • C10: accounts.

Bundle D: Mail in transit:-

  • 68 letters and enclosures (including bills of lading), numbered D1-D68, written from Martinique in April and May 1744 to Bordeaux and other places in France;
  • [These were originally several packets of letters.]

[Decision: condemned as prize, 2 August 1744]

Note: Extra information from HCA 30/775/4
Date: 1744
Related material:

See also IND 1/9023, f2v

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: HCA 30/665; HCA 30/675; HCA 30/676 for the letters and master's archive
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English and French
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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