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27th Septembris 1650. [CENTRE HEADING]
William Loeman of the citie of Lubeck Mariner, master
of the shipp the Saint Matthias of Lubeck aged 41 yeares or thereabouts
sworne and examined as aforesaid by the interpretation of
daniel Vosse interpreter in this behalfe sworne.
To the first Interrogatory hee saith and deposeth that hee this deponent
was and is master and commannder (saving this present interuption) of the
shipp the Saint Matthias of Lubeck, and saith the said shipp was stayed or
seized by Captaine Penn in one of the Parliaments vessells under
the fforeland neere Marget, where shee lay at anchor, having convoyed
three shipps from the Sound that were bound for this port.
To the second hee deposeth that the said shipp is a newe shipp, and was first
built in winter last at Lubeck aforesaid, and saith that Matthias Rodd
a Lubecker and a Magistrate of the said citie, Peter Meyer, hendrick Bremer
and John [?Cratts] all merchants and Inhabitants of Lubeck and dutchmen
and hee this deponent alsoe a dutchman there dwelling were and are
the proprietors of the said shipp, and the builders of her at their owne
cost and charge, and saith that is the first voyage that ever shee went
To the third Interrogatory hee deeposeth that the said shipp when shee came
from Lubeck and when shee was seized was bound for
and going to the Port of Cadiz in Spaine, only shee came into the
mouth of the River of Thames to Convoy the foresaid vessells as
aforesaid, and there staid for a winde and for company of some English
shipps that were bound for the Southward; and after her being at Cadiz
shee was to goe for the West Indies with freight that was before hand
promised him from Cadiz, but in case that freight
failed him, then was hee to goe for the Streights for Ligorne, Genyoa or
some other port there to seeke for freight: and saith shee was laden with
timber, pipestaves, planckes, flax and paving stones and some
cases of bottles, videlicet shee had aboard her 131 beames or thereabouts of
timber, fourteene thousand pipestaves, 89 peeces of planck, 46 baggs
or thereabouts of flax, three hundred tonnes of paving stones, and
150 cases of bottles, foure chests of windowe glasse, and six iron
gunns or peeces of ordnance, and noe other goods, which iron guns were not
of the shipps provision but were laden in hold to be sold for merchandizing, they being
fowle and uneven cast, which was the reason of such their lading.
To the fourth hee deposeth that the said shipp had 36 peeces of ordnance
mounted besides foure that were in hold with their carriages, which foure
were there disposed of to see how the shipp (being a newe one) would
behave herself in sayling before the mounting of them aloft, 15000 weight of
shott small and greate, 36 halfe barrells of powder, 24 muskets, 24
pikes, wtelve broade swords, and twelve hand bills, all which were
of and for her provisions and noe more, et refert se ad predeporta,
adding that the ship is of the burthen of 500 tonnes or thereabouts.
To the fifth hee deposeth that there were noe other guns, armes, amunition
powder, match or iron whatsoever aboard the said shipp then what
hee hath predeposed to be of the shipps provisions, as aforesaid
saving six peeces predeposed to be laden for sale, nor were there
any hidd or disposed of in any secret places of the shipp, which said
six peeces were by this deponent to be sold if hee could finde a
convenient Chapman for them by order of his partners owners of the
said shipp as aforesaid, who were alsoe owners of her lading.