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|Has opening text||Henry Wilson|
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|Language skills||English language|
|First deposition age||40|
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|Deposition start page(s)||HCA 13/72 f.41v Annotate|
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|Deposition date(s)||Jun 9 1657|
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|Type of ship||Lighter|
|Silver Ship litigation in 1650s|
|Role in Silver Ship litigation||None|
Henry Wilson (b. ca. 1617; d. ?). Labourer.
Resident in 1657 in Greenwich in the county of Kent.
"Hee hath lived in Greenwich all the time interrogated, and got his living by his labour".
Evidence from High Court of Admiralty
Forty year old Henry Wilson deposed on June 9th 1657 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation in the case of "Ewen against Prior".
The case concerned alleged damage to Mrs Ewens ballast wharf in Greenwich by the excavation of gravel from near the wharf and from nearby banks in the river by lightermen working for Mr Prior.
Henry Wilson stated that "Hee by times for theise seaven yeeres hath used to worke as a labourer upon the said wharfe and about the same".
Henry Wilson "well knoweth the arlate Richard Prior, who was and is a low water man and for such commonly reputed". Eight months back, Mrs Ewen, the widowed owner of a Greenwich ballast wharf, caused a lighter working near her wharf to be stopped or stayed from working. It was just one of a number of lighters "at worke in an undue manner in the River of Thames taking up ballast neere the said wharfe and bancks, and making severall pitts and holes to the greate dammage of the said wharfe". Mr Prior came up to Mrs Ewen anc admitted to being the owner of the lighter and demanded its return. This Henry Wilson heard, since he was present when Prior approached Mrs Ewen, and had assisted in making the arrest or stay. Wilson had also seen the damage caused by the lighters and how the holes and pitts had led to banks or hills between them "to the hinderance and much endammaging the passage of vessells and boates that way". According to Henry Wilson "at the time of of the said stay the said Priors men said that hee had two other lighters at worke or to worke when hee pleased to take up ballast, and this deponent then taking notice of the hole where the said lighters soe claimed by the said Prior wrought, did shortly after measure the same and found it foure foote deep, and two hundred and odd foote from the said wharfe".
Henry Wilson estimated that "within theise seaven yeeres last it hath cost the said Mary Ewen foure hundred pounds about repairing the said wharfe, a greate part of which charge hath bin occasioned by the said digging or taking up gravell or ballast neere the same by lighters".