On This Day in Trinity House History – 14 April


Trinity House certify ill treatment of British mariners by Barbary pirates

Trinity House Court Minute:

“Certificate of Trinity House to the Keeper of the Great Seal, that Robert Ensome, of Ratcliffe, Master of the Unicorn, of London, was on his return from the Canary Islands, taken by a Sally man-of-war twelve leagues from Scilly, taken to Sally, and sold as a slave and ill-treated; his loss was £250; ransom required £250; he has a wife and three children.”

See our post from 20 March describing Trinity House’s long-running struggle against piracy overseas.