The Inventory of a Poole Sea Captain

Poole High Street Project

Nicholas Efford was a Poole seaman who prospered during the second half of the 17th century and, like many others, made money in the Newfoundland salt cod trade. The first reference to him that I have found was in a tax assessment of 1662 when he was listed with a dwelling house in High Street. Although not among the most valuable properties on the street, this was obviously a comfortable house, valued at £5 a year. A ‘Goody Efford’, possibly his mother or another relation, lived nearby. Unfortunately there is not enough information to know whereabouts his house was. A couple of years later Efford appeared in a list of ships and sailors operating out of Poole when he was master of the Canford (80 tons) one of the eight Poole ships involved in the Newfoundland trade. These ranged in size from 40 to 100 tons and the Canford

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