On This Day: 1 August 1704

On this day in 1704, the owners of the Worcester wrote to the captain of the ship, Thomas Green, and sent a copy to Thomas Bowrey at the Waggons Coffee House in Tunbridge Wells.

Having received a letter from Green, they congratulated him on his safe arrival at Fraserburgh but regretted that he had not sent them more details. Green’s reticence in writing had been an annoyance to Bowrey from the beginning of the Worcester venture and now, since Robert Callant the supercargo had died on the voyage home, there was no other source of information from the ship.

Ironically, the owner’s letter continued by saying that Green should wait safely at Edinburgh for a Dutch, Scottish or English convoy. Green had already sailed on to Edinburgh four days before this letter was written but Leith was far from a safe harbour. In less than two weeks, the Worcester would be seized by the Scots.

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