Job Hartop
Job Hartop was an English adventurer who enlisted as chief gunner on John Hawkins
John Hawkins
Admiral Sir John Hawkins was an English shipbuilder, naval administrator and commander, merchant, navigator, and slave trader. As treasurer and controller of the Royal Navy, he rebuilt older ships and helped design the faster ships that withstood the Spanish Armada in 1588...

' third voyage to the Caribbean. He became stranded, was captured by the Spanish authorities and was used as a galley slave
Galley slave
A galley slave was a slave rowing in a galley. The expression has two distinct meanings: it can refer either to a convicted criminal sentenced to work at the oar , or to a kind of human chattel, often a prisoner of war, assigned to his duty of rowing.-Antiquity:Contrary to the popular image of the...

. A ship in which he was serving was subsequently captured and he returned to England.

As chief gunner, which would more normally be expressed as Master Gunnner, he will have been responsible for the proficiency of guns' crews and for the maintenance of the ship's firearms, including small arms and for the stores required to supply them with powder, shot and ancillary equipment, as well as advising his superiors on gunnery matters, and supervising the training and firing of the guns.

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