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|Sep 4 1654
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Alexander Cocke (b. ca. 1602; d. ?). Mariner.
Gunner of the ship the Margaret (Commander: Robert ffox).
Resident in 1654 in Wapping Wall in the parish of Stepney.
Evidence from High Court of Admiralty
Fifty-two year old Alexander Cocke deposed on September 4th 1654 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation in the case of "Captaine Benjamin Crandley Arthur Bayly and companie owners of the vessell the Margaret of which Robert ffox is Master against the vessell the Mayfflower of which William White was master, and her tackle and furniture and againe the said William White."
Alexander Cocke stated that the ship the Margaret was owned by Benjamin Crandley Arthur Bailey and Company. It had been recently repaired at the Wapping shipyard of Mr Tailor and "having beene graved and hauled of from the wayes of Mr Tailor the shippwright neare Wapping staires, was fastned and moored to the vessell called the Seahorse arlate, and there for severall daies ridd well moored and cleare of any other shipps whatsoever".
After riding at its moorings for fourteen days, another vessel, the Mayflower (Commander: William White) was fastened below the Margaret to a further vessel, whose commander was "one Wall". Mr Wall's vesssel unfastnened her moorings and the Margaret, allegedly by the neglect of her master and company, then came foul of the Margaret. The Margaret's boltspritt was broken, together with some ropes and blocks. Being in haste, Robert ffox had the ship's carpenters obtain a new boltspritt and to repair the other damaged tackle.
But then, shortly after the new boltspritt was made and installed, the Mayflower fouled the Margaret again, cracking the new boltspritt. At Virginia, Robert ffoxe was forced to have yet another new boltspritt fitted.