In 1618 Robert Withers Shipwright 1618-1686 was born.
Calendar of State Papers Charles II 1665 13 May 1665. 13 May 1665. 41. Jonas Shish (60) to the Navy Comrs. Recommends Robt. Withers (47), shipwright, for the survey of the new ship. [Adm. Paper.].
Calendar of State Papers Charles II Oct 1667. Oct 1667. 102. Proposals by Sir Thos. Strickland (45) to the Navy Comrs., to build three third-rate frigates in Foudray Pill, to be completed by 1 Aug. 1671, upon a similar contract to that of Mr. Baylie, of Bristol. [Adm. Paper.] Enclosing,.
102. i. Edward Tyldesley to Sam. Pepys (34). Robt. Withers (49) and the writer have viewed Foudray Pill, where they proposed to build ships for the King's service. Sends a draft sketch thereof, leaving the rest of the business to be transacted by his partners, Sir Thos. Strickland (45) and Mr. Withers (49). Has such timber as all England cannot show. Lodge in the Forest of Meirscough, 01 Oct 1667.
102. ii. Sketch of Walney Island, the pill, bar, &c., in coloured chalks.
John Evelyn's Diary 28 May 1673. 28 May 1673. I carried one Withers (55), an ingenious shipwright, to the King (42) to show him some new method of building. [Note. This may have been the suggestion to Copper Bottom ships. See The Mourholme Magazine of Local History Volume II].
In 1686 Robert Withers Shipwright 1618-1686 (68) died.