William Hutchinson (1715-1801)

Mariner and writer on seamanship. Was sent to sea in his early years as a cabin boy on a small collier and later served as cook.

Served before the mast in a 32 gun East Indiaman during a voyage to China in 1738 to 1739.

Served in a Letter of Marque vessel in the West India trade.

The initiative for the establishment of the first life-boat at Formby, one of the entrances to the Liverpool, sometime before 1776 by the Liverpool Corporation has been attributed to him.

Records of tides, barometers, weather and wind during the years from 1768 to 1783 [1793?] kept by him are still preserved in the Liverpool Library.

Born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Sailed to Madras and China in an East Indiaman as a "forecastle man".
Served as a Mate on a bomb's tender in the Royal Navy in Hyères Bay under Mathews and Lestock.
Served in a six gun frigate built ship in the Leghorn trade.
Was in the West Indiaman Perl which had been fitted out as a privateer and was taken by a French squadron.
1748 April
Captured the French ship St Jean off Malta as master of the privateer St George. The prize lay in Valetta harbour pending legal complications until it was sold in the end of 1751 for a fraction of its orginal value.
Became master of the ex-Royal Navy 20 gun frigate Lowestoft purchased by Fortunatus Wright and traded to the West Indies and the Mediterranean.
Appointed Head Dock Master and Principal Water Baliff at the Liverpool Harbour by the Liverpool Corporation.
Lighthouses were built at Hoylake and Leosowe at the initiative of William Hutchinson and equipped with parabolic reflectors designed by him.
Treatise on Practical Seamanship was published.
A Treatise on Naval Architecture was published.
1801 February 11
Died at the age of eighty-five and was buried in the churchyard of St Thomas, Liverpool.


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