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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Ship's Inventory
« on: Sunday 12 May 19 13:17 BST (UK)  »
Aha, now this is starting to make more sense! So, we have pounds (lb, not ) on the right. Could qs be quarters? There's 28 lb in 1 quarter, and the highest value of lbs is 21, so that checks out. Also, there's no value greater than 3 in the qs column, which also checks out. So does this mean O is... hundredweight? Cwt? Is that definitely an O? And if so, how would that relate to hundredweight?

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Ship's Inventory
« on: Sunday 12 May 19 04:44 BST (UK)  »
I'm trying to work out the details of a ship's inventory from 1674. I have managed to transcribe (nearly) all the items, however I'm a bit puzzled by the three columns on the right.

Seeing as most items with figures in the columns have the phrase "pvis nett as L est" (which I am assuming is "provisions net value in pounds estimated" - am I right?) - my initial thought was that this was pounds, shillings and pence, however there's some odd figures, like the very first item: Barrels of nails - 601, 0s, 14d. 14 pence seems odd when there are only 12 pence in a shilling - why not 601, 1s, 2d? There are some items that have values as high as 21 in the last column. Have I misinterpreted this?

Here's the document in question:
(apologies if this appears sideways on this forum - if you view the image directly on wikimedia commons it should appear upright)


This is part of my research into the Battle of Ronas Voe, a naval conflict in my local area back in 1674. If you're interested I have written a Wikipedia article about it:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ronas_Voe

P.S. I am posting this at silly o'clock, going to bed and will check responses after I wake up. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!

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