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The 27th day of October 1653. [CENTRE HEADING]

Examined upon the sayd allegation


Thomas Crosse of Limehouse in the County of Middlesex Mariner
masters mate of the Elizabeth frigat aged two and forty
yeares or thereabouts sworne and examined saith.

To the first second third fourth fifth and sixth articles of the sayd allegation he saith
That upon the third day of this Instant October about eight or nyne in the
morning, the arlate Christopher Mynns Commander of the Elizabeth frigot in the
immediate service of this Commonwealth and Company of the same, espyed upon the
Coast of ffrance off of deipe a fleet of shipps consisting of about 24 sayle
and gave Chase unto them, and about two in the afternoone came
upp with the Rearre of them, and saith the shipps schedulate were twenty
shipps of the foresayd ffleet, videlicet the fflora. Gideon. Mercury. Brewer. Salvador
Saint Anthony. Matthew. Car fanyer. Golden Star. Prophet Elias. 4 by the
name of Hope. 3 by the name of ffortune. and 2 by the name of King
David. and that there was att the head of the sayd ffleet two dutch or
Hollands men of warr, and one Hollands man of warr to their Leeward
which men of warr were for the Convoy and Conduct of the ffleet
aforesayd. and that the sayd two headmost shipps of warr gave chase
to a private man of warr of this Commonwealth where of Captaine Allington
arlate had the Command, and that upon the approach of the Elizabeth
neer to the sayd ffleet the foresayd two Men of Warr of Holland left
the pursuit of Captaine Allington and tacked about upon the Elizabeth
for the Rescue of the ffleet. and saith he knoweth the sayd Men of
Warr with the sayd ffleet were Hollands men of warr for that they
wore the Hollands colours and under those Colours exchanged some
broadsides with the Elizabeth wearing the English Colours and shott through
her masts, and killed her master, and afterwards finding themselves
too weake fell to their Consort man of warr to the Leeward and is
fully assured that the sayd ffleet was under the Conduct and
Convoy of the sayd Hollands men of warr, for that they steered the
same course with them, and stood off and on after the sayd Captaine Allington [?XXXX]
with them, and upon the tacking of them towards the Elizabeth as aforesayd
tacked allso about with them in their assistance, and allso for that they
wore noe colours. And otherwise cannot depose saving his subsequent
depositions, and saving that the Elizabeth att the tyme aforesayd had and
wore out the Parliament Colours or Colours of this Commonwealth, and that he knoweth
the premisses being present and aboard the Elizabeth frigot the tyme aforesayd

To the seaventh and eighth articles of the sayd allegation This deponent saith that [?the]
foresayd ffleet was within shott of the shipps that fought att the tyme of
fight, and tacked about against the Elizabeth with the foresayd hollans men
of warr, and saith that the sayd ffleet did not strike to the Elizabeth till
after the men of warr were fledd, and that the Elizabeth was fallen
amongst them and had made four or five shott att them, and saith the
sayd ffleet putt not out any Colours to distinguish them from Hollanders
and enemyes, but were in Company and convoy of the Hollands men
of warr as aforesayd, and could not but take notice that the sayd shipps of
warr that fought with the Elizabeth were Hollands men of warr, tacking
when they tackt, and fleeing when they fledd. and saith that they were
att last taken and subdued by the Elizabeth frigat in their flight from
her, which he knoweth being an eyewitnes of the premisses. And
otherwise cannot depose.