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The 20th day of September 1653

A Busines of Examination of Witnesses}
for the perpetuall Remembrance of the}
matter on behalfe of the Keeper of}
the Liberty of England by authority of}
Parliament concerning the losse of a}
Certaine shipp named the Harry}
Bonadventure whereof Robert Swanley}
was Captaine and the goods that were}
in her and concerning a certaine shipp)
or vessell named the Saint Peter where of}
one Claes Symondson Cohone was master}
being a shipp formerly belonging to}
the Dutch subiects of the States of the}
united Provinces and taken and seized by}
Captaine Swanly in the sayd shipp the Harry}
Bonadventure in the immediate service of}
this Commonwealth Bud}

Examined upon an Allegation on the
behalfe of the sayd Keeper of the
Liberty of England by Authorty
of Parliament.

Lorenzo Michael of Sevill in
Spayne Corporall of the sayd shipp
the Harry Bonadventure aged thirty
yeares or thereabouts a witnes sworne
and examined deposeth and saith as
followeth. vidlicet.

To the first Article of the sayd Allegation This deponent saith and deposeth that
in the monethes of January ffebruary and March 1652. and in March
Aprill May June and July of this present yeare 1653. the arlate shipp
the Harry Bonadventure was imployed and sett to sea in the immediate
service of the Commonwealth upon a warlike voyage under the Command
of the arlate Captaine Robert Swanley with a lawfull Commission to
surprize and take all ffrench shipps; and all Dutch shipps belonging
to any Port or place of the United Provinces, and all other shipps
whatsoever belonging to the knowne enemies of this Commonwealth and
the sayd shipp did proceed upon the sayd designe and expediccon accordingly
The premisses this deponent knoweth to be true for that he served in the
sayd shipp during all the tyme aforesayd as Corporall of the Souldiers
on board her, and saw the Commission aforessaid on board, which sayd
Commission the sayd Captaine Swanly did of the knowledge of this deponent
execute on the behalfe of this Commonwealth And otherwise cannot depose

To the second Article of the sayd Allegation This deponent saith and deposeth
that in the monthes of May or June last past the tyme otherwise he remembreth
not, The sayd shipp the Harry Bonadventure by Order from Mr Longland
Agent att Leghorne for this Commonwealth of England sett sayle from
Messina towards Tunis, and in her Course thithe, haveing neere Cape
[?Spertovento] mett with two dutch shippes who assaulted the Harry Bonadventure
and made shott against her, The sayd Captaine Robert Swanley and Company
in pursuance of their sayd Commission and by vertue of the same fought
with the sayd two dutch shipps with their sayd shipp of warr the Harry
Bonadventure, and after a sharpe dispatch for the space of four houres
or thereabouts after much dammage and hurt to the Harry Bonadventure
subdued surprized and tooke the better and stronger of the sayd two dutch
shipps, that is to say the sayd shipp the Saint Peter whereof Clases Symondson
Cohone was master or Commander, together with all the goods and ladings