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Early Newfoundland Voyages in Foreign Newspapers & Journals (Incomplete)

Transcribed and contributed by David Anstey. While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there may be errors.

Lempriere Matthews Name File.

1698 CO 194/1 Gillinham London to Brigus. 160 Tons/18 Men. Sack ship. 2000 qtls to Lisbon. For Lempriere & Co.


Vibert captained for Lempriere & Co. A record of Captain Vibert at Brigus, 1752. One visualizes for other years, decades, etc.

Le Boutillier captained for Lempriere & Co. Butler at Port de Grave. Among other individuals.


Port de Grave, 1770/1. Tucker Receipt book. Jacques/James Lempriere and Company agent in Port de Grave, was Charles Coutanche.

1771. Tucker Receipt Book. William LeMaistre, agent at Port de Grave for Phil Nicolle.

1772. Tucker Receipt Book. William LeMaistre, agent at Port de Grave for Charles Coutanche.

Charles LeMaistre was Captain; Jersey to Harbour Grace, during this time.


Newfoundland voyages played only a specific role with Lempriere & Co. of the Channel Islands.

Lempriere & Co. sent vessels to Southampton, London, Cowes, Bideford, South Carolina, West Indies, Jamaica, etc.

John Boutillier; Elias Vibert; J. Le Mai(s)tre; Charles LeMaistre (regular at Harbour Grace, 1770's ); Edward Coombes; Joseph Simon; etc., were Lempriere Captains, 1700's.

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Charles the Second in the Channel Islands: A contribution to ..., Volumes 1-2. By Samuel Elliott Hoskins.

Page 111. Clarendon MSS. 28 March, 1647.

An enumeration of the various articles will give some idea of the quantity of the eatables and drinkables required by the garrison of a fortress at this period.

"Good store of wheat, barley, and rye; biscuits, rice, oatmeal, and dried peas; barrels of salted beef, pickled pork, bacon, and poor john { smaller sized pickled green codfish, not well suited to market } - the latter imported direct from the Jersey fisheries established by Sir Walter Raleigh, at Newfoundland...

Jersey in 18th and 19th Centuries, Containing an Historical Record of Commercial Enterprises. Arthur Charles Saunders. 1930. Jersey.

Page 180.

On the 29th November 1739, Captain Thomas Snow of the ship "William" of Jersey arrived at St. Aubin with a cargo of codfish, train oil, and passengers after having had a very rough passage and he therefore protested against possible damage to cargo.

Page 191.

"Seven Sisters", Captain Peter Quetyvel. "Eliza", Captain Peter Fiot. "The Jersey", Captain John Pipon. "William", Captain Thomas Snow.

*These captains in 1739. Reflection of decades of such surnames at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland.


*John LeMaistre, surgeon on the "Vulture", 1778, for merchant Fillieul.

Lloyd's Register, 1768. Vessel "Sally", 160 tons, Captain J. LeMaitre. Built in America in 1765. Voyage: London to Newfoundland. For: Lempriere & Co.

Elias? Vibert captained the vessel "William" in 1762 for Lempriere & Co. ?Prince William?

A record of Captain Phillip Vibert at Brigus, 1752.

Lloyd's List, May 7, 1762, edition.

Came into Cowes, Isle of Wight, for the West Indies, the vessel "Prince William", Captain Vibert.

Lloyd's List, Nov 16, 1762, edition.

Deal, Kent, England. Nov 12th. Yesterday it blew a storm.

The "Prince William", Captain Vibert, is arrived here from South Carolina, having lost her Mainmast in the storm, but is otherwise safe.

Lloyd's List, Nov 19, 1762, edition.

The "Prince William", Captain Vibert from South Carolina, whom had lost the Mainmast in the Downs, in the late bad weather, is put into Dover-pier to refit.

Elias Vibert, captain of the vessel "Magdalaine" in 1764, Jersey to Newfoundland.


1735 May Admiralty Records, 7/134.

John Le Boutillier on the "Esther", 70/10, Jersey to Newfoundland.


Evidence is slowly showing of LeBoutillier/Butler and Snow commercial relations Channel Islands to Harbour Grace/Port de Grave, for decades. Y-DNA anyone?

Collateral lines like the following reinforce what is learnt about Channel Islanders, out to early Newfoundland.


“We the underwritten Subscribers, being the Principal Merchants in Harbour Grace & the Supporters of the Trade in Conception Bay, having seen the annex'd Petition, declare that we verily believe there are nothing but facts represented in it & that we all are Sufferers in many respects through the said Lawrence Coghlan & that he is a very unfit Person for a Justice of the Peace as well as a Missionary, being Ignorant of the Laws of his Country & a Person of no Education, & pray that he may be Silenc'd or remov'd. Given under our Hands at Harbour Grace this 26th day of August 1771. “

Elias Vibert, Nicholas Fiott, Robert Gray, John Clements, Pet. Du Heaume, George Davis, William Lilly, John Le Geyt, John Alcock, John Cox, Thomas Danson, William Le Maitre/Maistre.

Elias Vibert - Island of Jersey, vessel “Magdaline”, Captain.

Nicholas Fiott - Island of Jersey, Captain, influential Merchant Adventurer.

Robert Gray - ??Topsham/Teignmouth??

John Clements - Bristol, vessel “Polly”, Captain, Merchant Adventurer.

Pet. Du Heaume - Island of Jersey. Island of Jersey captains of this surname.

George Davis - Topsham, Poole, Bristol, London, Captain, Merchant Adventurer.

William Lilly - New England, Loyalist of the American Revolution, Captain, Merchant.

John Le Geyt - Island of Jersey vessel captains of this surname.

John Alcock - ??London?? An Alcock Family captained for London Calvert family.

John Cox - ??London Captain, Agent, vessel “Nightingale”??

Thomas Danson - Bristol, Captain, Merchant Adventurer.

William Le Maitre - Jersey Captain, vessel “Princess”.

*Conway Heightington didn’t sign the 26th August, 1771; petition against Lawrence Coughlan. He had voyaged to New York.

Lloyd’s List, Jul 12, 1771, edition.

Arrived at Newfoundland, from Bristol, the vessels: "Polly", Captain Clements; & "Harbour Grace", Captain Heightington.

Lloyd’s List, Aug 16, 1771, edition.

Arrived at New York, from Newfoundland, the vessel "Harbour Grace", Captain Heightington.


During the early 1780's, De Gruchy & Fiott, and George Lempriere were members of the Lloyds Register Society, London. Indicative of the families merchant status.

Normally one expects lesser society folk like ship captains, their brothers, sons, nephews, in Laws, etc., to have become early Newfoundland Settlers.

Some other trades folk and labourers, were contracted/indentured/apprenticed by the major merchants within the local Countys, in the mother Country. To migrate to Newfoundland.

The "greater merchants" were the effectors, for the lesser folk voyaging to early Newfoundland. And settling in their specific home towns.

In the case espoused here, consider the Port of Harbour Grace. Safe anchorage for ocean traversing vessels. But all early newcomers couldn't settle in Harbour Grace.

The economic normality of spreading out to maximize the cod catch, saw folk settle at Port de Grave, Brigus, etc. They needed "room" to practically survive.

In effect, the "government of the day", supplied the fisherfolk with "Rooms" The early Newfoundland Settlers were simply fulfilling their role within the system of the era.

Decades and Centuries long relationships, effected the early settlers migration from the mother country, to Newfoundland.

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