1416 - Expenditure on ship repairs

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1416
Topic Expenditure on repairs to ships taking part in the Duke of Bedford's expedition of 1416
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Southampton, the homeport of the Petit John.
Southampton docks, a view towards the container terminal from the Queen Elizabeth II Terminal / David Dixon, 16 July 2016, Creative Commons, via Geograph.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-04-21. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-07-30.


[F.119v.] These are the payments and expenses incurred by the said William Soper [then Surveyor of the King's Ships] by order and advice of the said king [Henry V] in the repair and fitting out of a certain royal ballinger called Petit John similarly [to the royal ballinger Jamys] for this voyage of the Lord Duke Bedford on the high seas in the fourth year when various carracks were captured from enemies from Genoa as mentioned above, that is
 Also to Walter Fettepas, 10s 6d for 21 ells of canvas called of Vitry bought from him and used in the repair of various bonetts of the sail of the royal ballinger called Petit John, price per ell 6d by agreement made with him 28 April in the fourth year of this king. [p. 222:]
  Also to William Nicholl 13s 4d for 40 wide boards called waynscott, price each 4d, and for 1 small barrel of tar price 4s and for 1 herche of tre pitch prize 4s bought from him and used in the repair of the same ballinger, by agreement made with him 3 May in the said year, overall total 21s 4d.
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Source notes

Susan Rose's translation. Italic type as in printed source. IRHB's brackets, except folio indication as in printed source. The accounts were compiled by or on behalf of William Soper, then Surveyor and later Keeper of the King's Ships.[2] The editor provides the following glosses:

Waynscot] "A log or plank of oak of superior quality imported from Russia, Germany or Holland".[3]
Herches] "A measure of quantity used for tar".[4]
Tre Pitch] "Pitch derived from boiling the resin of pine trees".[5]

IRHB comments

At least during the period in question, the home port of the Petit John was Southampton. For discussion and for the term 'balinger' or 'ballinger' see Petit John (Southampton).



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