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Barker, Matthew Henry [pseud. the Old Sailor] (1790–1846), sailor and writer, was born on 18 July 1790 at Deptford, London, the son of John Theodore Barker (1760-1833) and his wife Martha née Naish. His father had attained some distinction as a dissenting minister at Deptford. At sixteen Barker joined an East Indiaman. Afterwards he served in the ...


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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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....