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To the tenth he saith that of this deponents sight the sayd Anchor lay inm
a place in the River of Thames within the flowing and ebbing of the
water and where shipps doe sometimes passe. And saith of his like sight
and knowledge when the syd ship Abraham was bilged as aforesaid the
sayd Anchor had noe Buoy or any other marke by which it might be discerned
that there was any Anchor in that place. And otherwise cannot depose.
To the eleventh article of the sayd allegation This deponent saith and deposeth that by the
Sea laws and Customes and common usage in the River of Thames, All shipps
and vessels lyeing in the sayd River must and ought to have buoyes
whereby it may be discerned and discovered where the Anchors of such
shippes doe lye, And in case there be noe buoyes to the sayd Anchor and any ship or vessel be bilged thereon the
ship or vessel to which such Anchor belongeth that hath noe buoy
and the Owners and master of the sayd ship or vessel ought by the
like Custome of the River of Thames make satisfaction for such damages
as shall happen and be occasioned by the sayd Bilging. And saith
he knoweth the premises being a Mariner and having for theis 15
yeares past or thereabouts belonged to the Port of London and River
of Thames, And otherwise referring himselfe to the Law he cannot depose
To the twelfth article of the sayd allegation this deponent saith that there was
a Convoy appointed to goe to the Port aforesaid on this voyage, the
benefit of which convoy by the disaster aforesaid is lost, and thereby
the Commonwealth in the mens wages victuals and losse of tyme of their sayd ship Abraham
have suffered damage to the value of threescore pounds sterling
at the least. over and besides the damages above by him sett forth
and over and besides the damage their Affaires in Scotland may
thereby have suffered or doe suffer which he is not able to value. And
otherwise he cannot depose.
James Leslie [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]
Doctor Clarke and Doctor Godolphin
See the Interrogatories after John Bates et cetera.
The same day. [CENTRE HEADING]
Examined upon the sayd allegation.
John Bates of Shadwell in the County of Middlesex
mariner one of the Company of the sayd shipp the
Abraham aged five and thirty yeares or thereabouts
a witnes sworne and examined deposeth and saith
as followeth. videlicet.
To the first and second areticles of the sayd allegation This deponent saith and deposeth
that in or about the month of August last past the Keepers of the Liberty
of England by Authority of Parliament were lawfully possessed of the
arlate shipp the Abraham which was formerly called the Abrahams
Sacrifice, by vertue of a sentence of condemnation in this Court, and about
the same tyme the right honourable the Counsell of State imployed the sayd shipp
in a voyage to be made with her to Saint Johnstons in Scotalnd under the
conduct of James Lashey his precontest as Master of her, and saith
that about the same tyme there were laden aboard the sayd shipp for
the use of this Commonwealth and their Souldiers in Scotland three hundred
bedds with furniture thereto belonging to be in the sayd shipp carryed