Thomas Harding, Tobias Knight, John Porter, Danl. Richardson Esqr., Thom. Worsley, Jno. Drinkwater, John
Adams, Patr. Maule, John Lillington.
SAILING VESSEL RELATED EXTRACTS:
p. 27 Rev. John Blair left Portsmouth UK landed in Virginia Jan 14 1703, # days passage unknown, and took 12 days by
horse to reach NC. Said the roads were deep and difficult to be found. Bought two horses. Had to go around seven rivers
too deep for a horse, states there were two river ferries run by Quakers, who would not let non Quakers use the ferries.
p. 196 Rev Giles Ransford given passage by Capt. William Wright Virginia 1714/1715
p.51/65 Maritime travelers to and from Carolina had to sail at times convenient with prevailing winds. Due to the war of
the Spanish succession 1702-1713 merchant vessels were sometimes accompanied by the next Virginia fleet scheduled to
sail as a convoy, single ship sailings were an exception, more likely to be in a transatlantic group and sometimes
accompanied by men of war, HMS warships. Most transatlantic visitors to NC came into Virginia first at “the Capes” ,
Cape Henry and Cape Charles, then elected travel either overland via old Indian trading routes OR transferred into a
smaller ship or sloop capable of navigating shallow sounds, rivers and creeks. Larger sea going vessels offloaded cargo at
the Ocracoke Inlet sandbar, using lighters to ferry both goods and passengers to smaller river bound sloops.
p. 60 Reference to a three month passage, The Rev James Adams and Rev Wm Gordon SPG were sailing to eastern NC,
arrived in Virginia the last day of March 1708 aboard “Burlington”, a man of war captained by one Captain Stewart or
possibly Capt. Charles Stuart referred to as “my Lord Mountjoy’s brother.” They dined at the captain’s table, their ship
was one of four men of war who sailed with the main body of the “Virginia tobacco fleet” which apparently in times of
war only sailed once every twelve months. The fleet sailed from Bristol, arrived Linnhaven Bay, York River, then the
two men took a sloop to Carolina and their belongings came later. Once of the ships sailing with them the “Oxford” was
lost at the Maderas, when she was broken from anchor.
p. 137 Reference to the sailing ship “Bedford Galley” departed Sheerness, via Spithead, to Plymouth then bound to
Virginia, Captained by Capt. Andrew Lee.
p. 142 In 1712 reference to a 12 week passage from the Lizard to Hampton, alternate name for port was Pamlicoe
p.200/236 reference to sailing vessel “Success” captained by Capt. Godfrey made a seven week passage from London….
Also sailed two times transatlantic to NC in May and July. Carried correspondence back and forth for Rev Urmston.
p. 201 references John Lawson and his reward for painting too bright a picture of NC to London audience (Vis a Vis
Lawson’s death at hand of the Tuscarora Indians).
Notes on NC commodities/barter trade/provisioning of sloops while in NC port: EXTRACTS
p. 178 Urmston requests 20 pound credit from SPG in either port of Boston or Barbados. Requested videlicet sugar,
barrels of rum and molasses, hogshead of malt, and one of hops. He says the three former are as precious as gold of
Arabia with them I can buy provisions: such as sallet, oil, nutmegs ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, mace ink
p 181 June 1714 Urmston will feel some financial relief when his farm’s wheat is reaped…. He says the sloops from New
England sweep all our provision. We have twice as many sloops this year as ever want to come, there are above 7 now
waiting like as many vultures for our wheat and more daily expected.
P 212/213 /238 Rev Urmston reference to trading and sending mail via sloops. In correspondence with Society secretary
Humphrey and Archbishop of Canterbury, St. Martin in the Fields. Borrowing 50% against sterling sent or promised