Richard Lucos

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Richard Lucos
Person Richard Lucos
First name Richard
Middle name(s)
Last name Lucos
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Shipwright
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Carpenter, Passenger
Associated with ship(s)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Signature
Has opening text Richard Lucas
Has signoff text Richard Lucos
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Language skills English language
Has interpreter
Birth street
Birth parish
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Birth country
Res street Ratcliff highway
Res parish Stepney
Res town
Res county Middlesex
Res province
Res country England
Birth year 1633
Marriage year
Death year
Probate date
First deposition age 23
Primary sources
Act book start page(s)
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Allegation start page(s)
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/71 f.163r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Apr 11 1656
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Has infobox completed Yes
Has synthesis completed No
Has HCA evidence completed No
Has source comment completed No
Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Richard Lucos (alt. Lucas) (b. ca. 1633; d. ?). Shipwright.

Living in 1656 on Ratcliff highway in the parish of Stepney

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-three year old Richard Lucos deposed on April 11th 1656 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on interrogatories on behalf o Edward Wood and Company in "A business of Examination of Wittnesses for the perpetuall memorie of the matter on the behalfe of Edward Wood and Companie ffreighter of the shipp the Morning Starr of which Thomas Bennett was Master. [1]

The case concerned the ship the Morning Starr (Master: Thomas Bennet) on her voyage in late 1655 from Barbados to London, but putting into Kingsale in Ireland.

Richard Lucos stated that on the voyage in question he was a "passenger and was entertained upon certaine conditions as carpenter in and aboard the shipp the Morning Starr. Lucos reported the ship receiving much water in her hold on the return home, being "in this deponents judgement about sixe foot water". The water "come into the said shipp by reason of any violent storme, but that it then blew a hard steadie gale of wynd, which in this deponents judegement, and as hee beleeveth occasioned the entrance of the said water". Lucos pointed to a defect in the ship, rather than negligence of the master and company "the said shipp appeared to be defective by giveing way the hoodings end from her stemm whereby the water for the most part entred".[2]

The company "pumped at the chaine pumpe sometimes twice a glasse, and for the most part, kept it constantly goeing, and that shee was freed from the said six foot water in about 6. howers pumpeing or with fower pumpes". He added that "the reasons, as this deponent conceiveth that the water came not to the said chayne pumpe were because the said shipp was then stoaked, and for that the hole above the timbers of the said shipp was stopped by the meanes of the water and dirt comeing in over the said shipps ballast and that the boards being close, one upon another to the well, the water could not come in conveniently".[3]

Lucos concluded that the goods were much damaged by water and that the ship was forced to put into Ireland to preserve herself, her lading and crew and to stop her leaks.[4]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/71 f.163r
  2. HCA 13/71 f.163v
  3. HCA 13/71 f.163v
  4. HCA 13/71 f.163v