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The same day
Examined upon the sayd allegation
John Merrick of Wapping in the County of Middlesex
Mariner late Leiuetenant of the Harry Bonadventure
and afterwards Master or Commander of the Saint Peter
a foresayd, aged one and thirty yeares or thereabouts
a witnes sworne and examined deposed and saith
To the first arle of the sayd allegation This deponent saith that from the moneth
od December 1652 and intill the 25th day of June 1653 last past
the sayd shipp the Harry Bonadventure was imployed in the service of
this Commonwealth by the directions of Mr Longland Agent for the Commonwealth
now Resident att Leghorne, with Commission and Instructions to seize
and Take Dutch shipps, and other shipps belonging to the Enemyes of
this Commonwealth, and saith the sayd shipp under the Command of Captaine
Robert Swanley did proceed upon the sayd designe and expedition, this
deponent being Leifetenant of her for the most part of the said tyme
And otherwise cannot depose.
To the 2d he saith That on or about the 19th day of May 1653 the sayd
shipp Harry Bonadeventure under the Command and for the service aforesd
sett sayle from Messina in Scicily and being bound for Tunnis by order
of the sayd Agent Mr Longland did in her Course, off of the Cape [SpXXXX GUTTER]
meet with two dutch shipps, which assaulted the Harry Bonadventure
whereupon a fight was begann, which continued about the space of four
howres, till att last after some dammage done to the Harry Bonadventure
in her sailes rigging masts and hull and killing of some of her Company
and wounding of others, the bigger of the sayd dutch shipps the Saint Peter
aforesayd was subdued and taken, and the master of her slayne in the
fight, and most part of her Companie taken out of her into the sayd
Harry Bonadventure, by meanes whereof the sayd captaine Swanly and
his Company became masters and absolute possessors of the sayd
shipp Saint Peter and all her lading. The premisses he knoweth being present
in the sayd fight and att the sayd seizure. And otherise cannot depose.
To the 3d he saith the Saint Peter was of the burthen of 400 tonnes or thereabouts
and had 24 gunnes, and two brasse [?bases], and was well rigged and perfect
in all respects with tackle furniture victualls munition and other requisits
fitt for the sea saving the dammage she sustayned in fight, and was full laden and
she could well beare with rich Commodityes, Quicksylver, Rice, Annise seeds,
Currants, venice glasses and silke and other goods, the [?portions] or
quantityes fof all or any of which goods and merchandizes this deponent
cannot sett forth, nor doth he know what the value of the sayd shipp and
Cargozon of goods did or might amount unto. And further cannot depose.
To the .4. he saith that from the beginning of the first Chase to the end of [?the GUTTER]
sayd fight the Harry Bonadventure had out and wore the Colour of this
Commonwealth and the sayd 2 dutch shipps the Saint Peter and the other had out
and wore the Holland Colours. And otherwise saving his foregoeing deposicon
he cannot depose.
To the .5. he saith that after the sayd seizure he this deponent heard [?some GUTTER]