These are to direct and Require you to discharge Charles Bunce foreman of the Sailmakers from the extra bookes of this yard, his being appointed Mas. [Master] Sailmaker at Lisbon; also to discharge Thomas Stevens from being Serv. [Servant] to Mr. Newell & enter him as Sailmaker, & in his rooms enter Wm.[William] Newell as a Servant to the said Mr Newell, at the Wages established until further Order, And for so Doing this shall be your Warrant, Dated in Her Maj.[ Majesty’s Yard at Hamoaze the 28 March 1709
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One aspect of maritime history that the site will reflect is the transcript of the Dockyard Warrant Book for Her Majesty’s Dockyard at Hamoaze for 1709. The contract for the Dockyard was signed in December 1690. Buildings from 1790 have survived to the present.
It is the office copy of all the orders to supply materials, for the purchase of supplies and the appointment of men to positions in the dockyard in Devonport and elsewhere. The Dockyard even today employs men from Devon and Cornwall and Cornwall has always supplied materials and supplies to the Dockyard..
For Family Historians, Stoke Damerel Church Devonport had a reputation of being an easy church to get married in. If you can’t find the marriage you are looking for it is sometimes worth checking Stoke Damerel