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The 14th of May 1657
Betts and others against the Prince}
Exámined upon the libell.
Thomas Sinnet of the parish of Saint Buttolphs
Algate Mariner, aged 40 yeares or thereabouts
sworne and exámined.
To the first hee saith hee well knoweth the shipp the White lilly
arlate and alsoe the producents Patrick Betts and Anthony ffernandez
who (with their company) were the time arlate and commonly accounted the
owners and proprietors of the said shipp, tackle and furniture, whereof
the said Betts was the said time master and commander of this deponents
knowledge who was then one of her company.
To the second, third and fourth and 5th articles hee saith that the said shipp that
White lilly was in the said time namely in Aprill now last past well
and sufficiently moored in a safe and convenient place neare horsey downe
where shipps doe usually and ordinarily ride, and then lay and remained
moored two dayes space or thereabouts before the shipp the Prince arlate
came and arived there, in all which time the shipp white lilly had
neither donne or received hurt or dammage for or from any other shipp
or vessell; but after shee had soe ridd and bin moored for the said
space the said shipp the Prince came and was by her master and company
brought to an anchor very neere and fowle of the White lillies
moorings, and soe that shee grounded upon the White lillies cable
and upon the tide of flood drove aboard her, and put her from her
moorings and drove her athwart the chaine, and thereby
necessitated the master and company of the White lilly to cut their
cable, to get her cleare of the Anchor of the Prince. All which
hee knoweth being one of the lillies company and then on board her
And saith the premisses being soe happened and the master and company
of the white lilly having moored or fastened her to the said chaine, the said shipp
Prince came there of her againe soe dangerously on, whereupon that shee shee loosed thense
and came to her former moorings againe, yet still the Prince being moored in
an undue manner, came fowle of her, and put her ashore
and lay upon her cable a tide or two, and this shee did notwithstatnding
that the said Betts master of the White lilly (while shee was
fastened to the said chaine) went aboard the Prince and admonished
her master and company of the danger and of the wrong they did
his shipp by theirs driving up and downe every tide in an unfitt[?ing]
manner; And saith that upon such last comming of the Prince fowle of the
White lilly, the White lillyes company were forced (to avoide greater
dammage) to neere a shore, in which their shipp grating ashore shee broke a peece
of her false keele, and their shipp Prince then lay upon her the
lillies cable and much damnified the same, and the said shipp
lillie was much damnified by the said comming fowle of the Prince
upon her anchor cable, all which hee knoweth being present and seeing
the same soe happen. And saith this deponent asked one of the Princes company
why they did not make fast their shipp, had said they had noe anchors to fasten her with
To the sixth hee saith the said Patrick Betts was f[XXXX] and forced to
hire men to assist his company to moore his shipp from time to