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Fisherman, Ferryman, Sailor, Spy - the Diapers of Itchen Ferry
Early Days Itchen Ferry Village The Captain's Table At Sea Genealogy
The museum contains a permanent display of the town’s maritime history and many of the artefacts have connections with the Diapers. Use this trail to take you around the museum, it will finish at the ‘Fisherman, Ferryman, Sailor, Spy – The Diapers of Itchen Ferry’ exhibit.

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John Diaper, Sandwalker


The Southampton Archives holds the Admiralty Court records for the port and includes the issuing of Sandwalkers licenses (SC8/2/15) such as the one issued on 3 Nov 1804 to John Diaper.


The Admiralty Court of Southampton to John Diaper

Sand Walkers Deputation


(A formal introduction refers to admiralty court rights, the document continues)


Know ye that we the above named Mayor and Aldermen for divers good causes and considerations have nominated deputed and appointed and by these presents do nominate depute and appoint John Diaper of the Town and County of Southampton Boatman to be one of the Sandwalkers of the said port to search for seize take and detain to the use of the said Mayor Bailiffs & Burgesses and their successors all manner of flotsams, jetsams ligans wrecks of the sea. Goods taken by Pirates and all Royal Fishes that shall happen to be found caught & taken within the Precincts of the said Town and the Port and Liberties thereof extending over all the Southampton and Hamble Rivers from Redbridge and Bursledon down to Calshot Castle and from the Mouth of the said Southampton River near the said Castle half sea over to the Isle of Wight from Hurst to Lang stone and all other shores and maritime places within the said limits. He the said John Diaper being to give notice forthwith to the Mayor of the said Town for the time being of all such wrecks goods and Royal fishes so by him to be seized taken and discovered and bringing the same to such Place or Places within the said Port as the Mayor shall direct and being also to attend us and other the said Judges of the admiralty courts to be holden from time to time at the said town or elsewhere within the Precincts of the said Port and Liberties thereof and then and there to give an account of his proceedings in the Premises and also to return at the said Courts as well as to the Mayor of the said town for the time being the names of all such Persons as shall presume to Fish or take detain embezzle or conceal and such Flotsams Jetsams Ligans Wrecks goods or Royal Fishes within the Liberties aforesaid without a lawful deputation for that purpose. Given under our Hands and the Seal of the Admiralty of the said Town this Third Day of November in the forty fifth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland King Defender of the Faith & in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and for


(signed by various officials and renewed by following mayors up until Richard Eldrige on 3 May 1815)


To be appointed a sandwalker was desirable during the Napoleonic wars with France as it gave protection against empressment – town corporation MSS 10 May 1804. Upto 20-30 sandwalkers could be appointed. See admiralty court SC/8/1/3