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Ashley, Sir Anthony, baronet (1551/2–1628), politician and translator of The Mariners Mirrour, was the eldest son of Sir Anthony Ashley of Damerham in Hampshire, a cadet of the long-established Ashleys of Wimborne St Giles (Dorset), and Dorothy, daughter of John Lyte of Lytes Cary (Somerset)...

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Barker, Matthew Henry [pseud. the Old Sailor] (1790–1846), sailor and writer, was born at Deptford, London, where his father had attained some distinction as a dissenting minister. At sixteen he joined an East Indiaman. Afterwards he served in the Royal Navy, where, as he was without influence, he never rose beyond the rank of master's mate on the gun-brig ...

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Butler [Boteler], Nathaniel (b. 1577, d. in or after 1643), colonial governor and maritime author, was the elder son of the second marriage of John Butler (d. 1614) of the Toft, in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, and Mary, daughter of James Gedge and widow of ...

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J. K. Laughton

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Hutchinson, William (1715–1801), mariner and writer on seamanship, presumed to be a native of Newcastle upon Tyne, was at a very early age employed on colliers, as cook, cabin-boy, and beer-drawer for the men. He gradually worked his way through all the most active employments as a seaman....

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J. K. Laughton

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Inman, James (1776–1859), mathematician and writer on navigation, was the younger son of Richard Inman of Garsdale Foot, Sedbergh, Yorkshire. He attended Sedbergh grammar school, and subsequently became a pupil of John Dawson. Although entered at St John's College, Cambridge, in 1794, he did not go into residence until 1796. He graduated BA in 1800 as senior wrangler and first Smith's prizeman, and was elected to a fellowship....

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Lecky, Squire Thornton Stratford (1838–1902), writer on navigation, born in co. Down, was the son of Holland Lecky of Bally Holland House, Bangor, co. Down, and Castle Lecky, co. Londonderry. He was sent to school at Gracehill, co. Antrim. At fourteen, without permission of his parents, he began his career at sea as midshipman on the ...

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Squire Thornton Stratford Lecky (1838–1902) by unknown artist, c. 1900 © National Maritime Museum, London

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J. K. Laughton

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Lever, Darcy (1760?–1839), writer on seamanship, probably born in 1760, was the eldest son of the Revd John Lever of Buxton, Derbyshire, and Mary, daughter of Isaac Shaw of Altrincham. He was a nephew of the collector and antiquary Sir Ashton Lever...

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J. K. Laughton

revised by Roger Morriss

Mitchell, Sir William (1811–1878), maritime writer, the son of John Mitchell of Modbury, near Ivybridge, Devon, a turner in wood and ivory and then a farmer, was born at Modbury. He was apprenticed to a printer at Modbury, and at an early age went to ...

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John William Norie (1772–1843) by Adam Buck (after Solomon? Williams, c. 1803) © National Portrait Gallery, London