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To the first and second Articles of the sayd allegation This deponent saith that in the moneths
January ffebruary and March 1652 and March Aprill May and June 1653 the
arlate shipp the harry Bonadventure was ymployed as a Mann of Warr against
the hollanders and others Enemyes of this Commonwealth by a lawfull Commission
under the Command of the sayd Captaine Swanly with Instructions from Mr
Charles Longland Agent of this Commonwealth Residing att Leghorne, And
saith in pursuance of the sayd ymployment about the 19th day of May
1653 Last past The sayd shipp sett out from Messina and in her Course
toward Tunnys off of the Cape Spertevento on or about the 22th day of May
aforesayd mett with two dutch shipps which made one or
two shott att the harry Bonadventure which ymmediately fired upon them
and fought with them and after a sharpe dispute for three or four howres
subdued and tooke the bigger of them named the Saint Peter and her lading
and slew the master of her in the ffight, and the sayd Captaine Swanley
and Company tooke the Mariners of the Saint Peters Company or most of
them out of her into their owne shipp and so became absolute Masters and
Possessors of the Saint Peter and her Lading. All which This deponent knoweth
to be true being Purser of the harry Bonadventure in the sayd service
andpresent and actually engaged in the said ffight. And otherwise
To the third article of the sayd Allegation This deponent saith that the sayd shipp the
Saint Peter was a large shipp of the burthen of betwixt4 or 5 hundred tonnes
and had 24 gunnes and rigging and furniture and munition fitting and
requisit, saving the dammage she receyved in ffight, and had her full lading
of rich goods and Commodityes her hold being full stowed and her gunn
deck halfe filled with goods, And saith her lading was Quicksylver
Rice Currants, Anniseeds, Glasses and other goods the certayne particulars
of which goods this deponent cannot sett forth. And saith he knoweth
not the certayne value of the sayd shippsLading, but beleiveth that the
value of the whole Cargazon according to the bills of lading for the
same might amount to the summe or value of two hundred thousand duckatts
or fifty thowsand pound stock. And otherwise cannot depose.
To the fourth article of the sayd Allegation This deponent saith that th
sayd shipp the Saint Peter and the other dutch shipp with he fought with and
against the harry Bonadventure by the space of four howres or thereabouts
and killed some of her Company and wounded others, and did their best
dendeavour to sinke and destroy her, And saith the harry Bonadventure
during the whole Chase and fight wore and had out the Colours of this Commonwealth
and the sayd dutch shipps wore and had out during all the sayd tyme the
holland Colours. All which he knoweth being Purser of the harry
Bonadventure and was present and saw and observed the premisses. And
otherwise cannot depose.
To the fifth he saith he cannot depose.
To the sixth he saith that the foremast of the sayd prize shipp Saint Peter being
in the sayd fight so hurt that it would not beare sayle and the maine topmast
of the harry Bonadventure being lamed, and other hurt being done
to both the sayd shipps Captaine Swanley returned back with them both
to Messina and about the lateer end of May 1659 (sic) arrived there, and provided
himselfe of such mast and other necessaries as were Requisite to enable the
sayd shipps to proceed to Tanys aforesaid, which he knoweth for the Reasons aforesayd
and otherwise cannot depose