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, congés (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.
- This series is included in the Prize Papers Project: please be aware that pieces may be withdrawn from consultation for some months, for detailed cataloguing and digitisation. Although with prior warning we may be able to accommodate researchers, we cannot guarantee this and it cannot be done on Saturdays;
- 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).