Passport History – British Ships Passport – Island Of Jersey 1753

A mid 18th century (!) BRITISH SHIPS PASSPORT issued at the ISLAND OF JERSEY in the name of Honorable Colonel William Deane / Lt Governor of Jersey , Castle Elizabeth on 25 August 1753, signed by Deane including intact wax seal!

Ships Passport Jersey 1753

Such ships passports are rare to find! This documents was issued 262 years ago to the ships master, Lewis Maloviun for his ship “Le Conde” including the crew of four man. So far I have seen ships passports from the United States but issued far later. And remember in 1753 when this ship was sailing around Jersey the United States of America weren’t even founded!

William Deane is a notable figure in (military) history who became later in 1758 governor of Upnor castle and Major General in 1770.  He was also in contact with Benjamin Franklin and had even dinner with him. Maybe they were even friends (source). John Sargent (1715–1791), director of the Bank of England, M.P. for Midhurst and later for West Looe. He and his wife were also warm friends of Colonel and Mrs. Deane. Another letter from Benjamin Franklin to Deane is here. Deane died in 1775.

Passport History – British Ships Passport – Island Of Jersey 1753