On This Day: 20 June 1705

On this day in 1705, Joseph Dupuy assistant supercargo of the Mary Galley wrote to Thomas Bowrey and the other owners from Bencoolen reporting the loss of some of the Spanish dollars sent on the ship from London.

He said he could not account for the loss because the dollars had been in sealed bags from the time they were delivered to the chief mate Richard Griffin. Griffin had kept them in his custody until they were passed to the Captain Joseph Tolson. Having said that, Dupuy then said that one of the bags had been damaged by seawater whilst in Griffin’s chest and burst. Dupuy could make no further explanation.

With hindsight, it seems that there may have been trust issues on board already – they had only recently arrived in the East Indies – and Dupuy was attempting establish his innocence at an early stage.

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