Monday, December 21, 2015

Ship captured by the Turks

A pinnace is a ship's light boat
The privately funded Magazine Ships had their pitfalls.  In September of 1619 the "Warwick", accompanied by a pinnace, sailed for Virginia with a large cargo of clothing and other necessaries not to be procured in the Colony. The articles were for the relief and comfort of the planters, although the Company realized that a far greater profit was to be had from sending over what would pander to the vanity and the appetites of the people, such as spirits and fine apparel.  This cargo was valued at 1000 pds. sterling.  In order to avoid a certain loss in exchanging the goods included in the Magazine, for tobacco at the rate of three shillings a pound (or 18 pence for lower grades), the Governor and Council were enjoined to leave Mr. Blaney (who was in charge of it), to his free discretion in disposing of the merchandise within the limits as to prices laid down by the Company for guidance. The Company admitted that its own treasury was empty, sought a profit.  However, the pinnace accompanying the magazine ship was captured by the Turks and never reached Virginia, thus causing the loss of goods on board designated for the planters.  Sources: Neill's Virginia Company of London, pp. 241-245; Company's Letter Dec. 1621, Virginia Company of London, p. 268.

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