On this day in 1707, Thomas Bowrey started an account book for his out of pocket expenditure in the case of the ship Worcester. This may not seem particularly notable except that the Worcester had sailed in 1702, was seized by the Scots in 1704 and three of the crew executed in 1705.
This account book proves that Bowrey never gave up trying to obtain compensation for the loss of the ship. He continued spending money on these efforts until May 1712. Although the accounts were in Bowrey’s handwriting, the front cover of the book had Mr Bowreys Expence book written on it in another hand indicating that it was, perhaps, used for reference after his death.
Over the five years, Bowrey’s continued expenditure was £292/16/10. We would probably think twice about spending over £290 on what was virtually certain to be a lost cause today. However, the costs were the equivalent of more than £45,000 today and that puts his tenacity into perspective. Possibly, obstinacy would be a better description.
At the very least, an expenditure of around £9,000 a year for five years on a lost cause demonstrates the wealth Bowrey had managed to accumulate despite his numerous unsuccessful projects.
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