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William Sutherland's Ship Builders Assistant 1711

Michael

Thanks for the link to Wm Sutherland’s book . William dedicates the book to his ‘uncle’ William Bagwell a shipwright who’s wife Elizabeth was  one of diarist Samuel Pepys mistresses (and that’s being polite , she was quite happy to offer her favours to Pepys, who was Secretary to the Navy Board in the hope of advancing her shipwright husband’s career - which it did).  I  penned an article on the Bagwells a while back now and an extract from this is below.     In 1670 the Bagwells and Sutherland were living in the same street – Flaggon Row, Deptford, Kent. If you want to read all the (slightly sordid) episodes there’re  available at www.pepysdiary.com (use Bagwell as search term)

Anyway thanks for the link again

John

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William Sutherland b.1668 described as a kinsman in Elizabeth’s will, was apparently a nephew of William Bagwell and was described as such in the introduction to his book The Ship Builders Assistant first published in 1711. It appears to have become a standard work being re-printed up until 1840. Frustratingly, although he and four siblings were baptised at St Nicholas, Deptford the relationship between his father Alexander and William Bagwell’s father Owen has not been discovered. He was apparently a close relative or friend since William B’s apparently childless and widowed brother John leaves his entire estate to him.

William seems to have been a man of considerable talent. A National Archives document summary reads:

William Sutherland, Master Caulker, Sheerness. In 1705 he made a proposal for a method of delineating ships’ draughts, using the principles of Sir Isaac Newton and other mathematicians. Surveyor Furzer agreed that the method was good and recommended him to the Board for encouragement, … In 1710 he made a proposal regarding the planking of ships’ bottoms… In 1712 he made proposals for the more efficient use of hand pumps… In his leisure time over the past 30 years he has studied the works of mathematicians and Master Builders and has developed proposals for an entirely new way of building and equipping ships…19.

He died in 1740.

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50 minutes ago, John Phillips22 said:

Michael

  I  penned an article on the Bagwells a while back now and an extract from this is below.     In 1670 the Bagwells and Sutherland were living in the same street – Flaggon Row, Deptford, Kent. If you want to read all the (slightly sordid) episodes there’re  available at www.pepysdiary.com (use Bagwell as search term)

 

Anyway thanks for the link again

 

John

 

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I had not seen your article previously - a very nice piece!  Thank you for sharing the extract.

 

For those so inclined, the full piece is available here:

 

Phillips, John. 2017. “The Bagwells (Pepys’ Diary).” The Diary of Samuel Pepys. Accessed March 1. http://www.pepysdiary.com/indepth/2012/07/18/the-bagwells/

 

 

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