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3rd March 1637.

Pro nave the Suzan and}

det Wannerton.

William Thorpe of the parish of Saint Leonards Shoreditch London Barber chiurgeon
aged about 33 yeares sworne before the worshoipfull William Sames Doctor of Lawes
Surrogate to the right worshipfull Sir Henry Marten knight Judge of his Majestyes
High Court of the Admiraltye sayeth and deposeth uppon his oath as followeth videlicet

That uppon the two and twentith day of December last past the shipp
called the Suzan and Mary of London (wherof William Hunt was master) sett sayle
from the Barbadoes bound for Ireland , and about the latter
end of the moneth of Januarye last, arrived uppon the coast of Ireland,
where she mett with a great storme and foggye weather, and being within sighte
of the land, the said William Hunt and his company fearinge that the sayd
shipp would oversett or be driven on shoare by the violence of the sayd storme
were inforced (for the preservation of the sayd shipp and goods
and their owne lyves) to cutt the Mayne mast by the borde, and afterwards
the sayd Hunt and company broughte her to an anchor neere he river of
Valentia, and the foresayd storme still continueinge, [?gauled]
one of her Cables very much, and then they
fearinge least by the violence of the sayd storme
her Cables would be frett in peeces or broken, and that the sayd shipp would
be driven uppon the rocks, they fastened peeces of a mast for buoyes to their
Cables, and then cutt her Cables and runne with the sayd shipp in betweene
two rocks and there came to an anchor hopinge to be freer from the violence of the sayd storme
and there the rudder of the sayd shippe strooke and her tiller broke in peeces
and then the master sent his shallopp on shoare to gett a pilott to bringe the
sayd shipp into some safe harbour, and there came fower or five Irishmen
abord her, and those Irishmen would have had the sayd Hunt the master
to have lett slipp his cable and anchor by which she then roade, and soe
have sayled into the river of Valentia but the sayd Hunt being unwillinge
to loose the sayd Cable and anchor would not let it slipp but commannded his
company to weigh it which was donne accordingly and presently after the
weighinge of that anchor, the gunners buoy goeinge downe into the
hould to drawe a Cann of beveridge he came up and cryed out
that the hould was halfe full of water, and thereupon the sayd Hunt to keepe
the sayd shipp from goeinge out into deeper water, caused an
anchor to be lett fall agayne, and then veered out her cable, and soe ran
the sayd shipp on shoare, and then one of the Irishmen went up to the foretopp
and cryed out aloud for boats and presently there were boats come aboard her
and saved all the company and the masters chests and some of the companyes cloathes
and caryed them on shoare, and the same day after they were gonne on shoare,
the sayd shipp was full of water which covered all her upper decks and went
into the rounde house, and after she was soe suncke the sayd Hunt with the
helpe of his owne company and of some men and boats which he had from the shoare
saved twelve peeces of her ordenance) and one Cable and anchor, and a kedge
anchor, and one suite of sayles, and about fiftye rolls of tobaccoe , and
a boate loade of Cotton wooll, which beinge wett was little worth and all the musketts
and shott, and most f the swords belonginge to the sayd shipp, and some part
of the rigginge, and masts and yards andwere endeavouringe to gett out of her two or three other peeces of ordenance [?when/?within] this And he alsoe sayeth that there were in
the sayd shipp when she was cast awaye, (by the report of John Abbott, one
of the masters mates) about two thousand weight of Cotton wooll
and a certayne quantitye of tobaccoe, which the master intended t have sould in Galloway or
Kingsale or some other port of Ireland, and with the proceed thereof to have
revictualled the sayd shipp and taken in passengers there, and soe to have
returned to the Barbadoes before the next Cropp which his intention he made
knowne to many of his company annd to the planters uppon the sayd Island before he sett
sayle from there for Ireland./ The premisses he knoweth to be true beinge Chirurgeons
mate of the sayd shipp the sayd voyage

William Thorpe [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]