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The eleventh day of April 1656.
A Busines of Examination of witnesses}
in a matter of Ensurance on the}
behalfe of hugh Salisbury of}
Portsmouth merchant and others}
touching a losse in the Christopher}
of Portsmouth Daniel Bradley}
Examined upon certayne Interrogatories on the behalfe
of the sayd hugh Salisbury and others.
John Harris of Wapping in the County of Middlessex
Mariner late Boatswayne of the sayd shipp the
Christopher aged twenty nine yeares or thereabouts
a witnesse sworne before the right Worshipfull John
Godolphin Doctor of Lawes one of the Judges of the high
Court of Admiralty, and examined saith and deposeth
as followeth. videlicet.
To the first Interrogatorie, This deponent saith he did welll know the interrogat
shipp called the Christopher of Portsmouth whereof Daniel Bradley
was master in this her last voyage, and he was in her att Leghorne, and
att Saint Remo being a place or port neer to Genoa, from whence
she was bound for this Port of London, in which voyage he this deponent
was Boatswayne in and aboard her. And otherwise he ćannot depose.
To the second Interrogatorie he saith, he doth know hugh Salisbury interrogat
being a merchant of Portsmouth, who with others there living to the
number of three of four (whose persons he knowes though he att present
remembreth not their names) are generally reputed as and for the
lawfull Owners and Proprietors of the sayd shipp her tackle and
furniture. And otherwise, not knowing their particular shares in the
same, he saith he cannot depose.
To the third Interrogatorie This deponent saith That the sayd shipp departed from
Saint Remo neere Genoa in the month of december 1655 last past upon
her sayd designed voyage, and in the prosecution of her such voyage
being upon her Course she mett with a man of warr being an
enemy vessell by whom she and her lading were taken and ćarryed
into Shashune in Spayne and there made prize, And the Company
of the sayd Man of warr that so seized the Christopher sayd they had
formerly belonged to Brest in ffrance.[#]
[#] And that the name of their
ffrigot was the Saint ffrancis
and the Captaines name
Hayes. And the sayd seizure
happened about the
fifteenth day of Janu=
ary 1655 last past
about ten or twelve
leagues off Scilly
John Harris [SIGNATURE, LH MARGIN]
And he saith that the sayd
Salisbury and Company were then the lawfull Owners of the sayd
shipp as hee verily beleiveth. And that the sayd shipp Christopher
by meanes of the sayd seizure by the sayd Enemy shipp was and is
wholly lost to her sayd Owners. The premisses hee deposeth being
as aforesayd Boatswayne of the Christopher, and aboard her when
shee was so surprized. And otherwise hee ćannot depose.
John Harris [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]