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The first of december 1653. [CENTRE HEADING]

The keepers of the Libertie of England by}
authoritie of Parliament against the shipp}
[?keisars crowne], or Crowne Imperiall}
[?Hance] Meynerson master}

Rowe dt.

Hance Meynerson of hamborough Mariner
master of the said shipp the Crowne Imperiall
aged 43 yeares or thereabouts, sworne as in
the acts of Court and examined upon certaine
Interrogatories ministred on the behalfe of the State saith
and deposeth as followeth videlicet.

To the first Interrogatorie hee saith and deposeth that hee this deponent hath bin
master of the said shipp the keisers crowne or crowne Imperiall ever since shee
was built namely for three yeares last, and was aboard her when shee was
seized by Captaine Blake and before boarded by the Nonsuch frigot and taken
from whome shee was parted by the darknesse of the night and
the next day met with by Captaine Blake. And saith hee was borne
in hamborogh and hath lived there all his time and was and is a burgher
and subiect of that place, and hath bin mared and kept his house and familie
there theise thirteene yeares last.

To the second, third and fourth Interrogatories hee saith and deposeth that
when the said shipp was soe seized shee came from Cadiz, bound for hambourgh
the place of her dischardge, and that shee began her outwards voyage from
Hamborough about the 16th of July last and was freighted by
ffrancis Sloyer a merchant of hamborough, to goe to Cadiz and carry
barley, beanes and peece goods, which were laden by him and Peter [?Rover],
Derrick Dobbelar, Albert Ankelman, and other merchants of hamborough
laders under the said Sloyer, all which hee accordingly carried to Cadiz
for their accompts and there delivered the same to Daniel Sloyer, Vincent
van Campen, John Scrother and others factors and merchants there residing,
and that none of the said laders of hamburgh are owners of any part of the said shipp
that hee remembreth, and saith the said affreightment was by Charter partie and that
the said shipp hath bin at noe other port since shee came from hamborough,
but Cadiz before her seizure. And further that about three yeares since
shee was built at Serdam by order and for accompt of this deponent
and company all hamburgers, and when shee was about halfe built
one of the two Shipwrights (brothers) with whom hee this deponent hath contracted for
her building, untill compelled by lawe which suite lasted neere about 6 monthes
and what with that sute and the finishing and fitting hee afterwards and
one or other interruption, it was the Springe last before hee
could get her home to hamborough, soe that this is her first voyage
since coming from Serdam to hamborough only in ballast, and comming
this voyage from hamborough off the coast of holland hee mett Captaine
Brandley with twelve shipps of this Commonwealth by whom being
visited hee was let passe, and the next day hee came into the whole
fleete of this Commonwealth, and being haled by severall of the shipps
and some of their officers sent aboard to visit him, hee was commanded
aboard Captaine Robert Clarke, wher hee was examined and his
papers [?visited] by him and Captaine Stokes, who finding him cleere
dismissed him and gave him their passe which hee leaveth for the further
information of this Court, and soe hee went cleere and uninterupted to Cadiz
and delivered as aforesaid his said outwards lading. And saith hee was
at hamborough about three monethes with the said shipp before her
proceeding thence on this voyag, and that shee belongeth to the
said port of hamborough. And otherwise hee cannot depose.