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The eleaventh day of November .1653.
The Keepers of the Liberty et cetera against}
the Golden Star Mich van Lubkin master}
Examined upon the sayd allegation.
Captain Giles Shelly Commander of the Water hound
frigot in the immediat service of this Commonwealth aged
44 yeares or thereabouts a witnes sworne and examined
deposeth and saith as followeth. videlicet.
To the first second third fourth fifth sixth seventh eighth nynth and
tenth articles of the sayd allegation This deponent saith, that he this
deponent being Commander of the Waterhound frigot in the immediate
service of this Commonwealth did upon the 23th day of ffebruary
1652 last past heare and discerne att a good distance neere to the English
shoare towards Beachy two shipps in fight one against the other
and thereupon sayling towards the (sic) saw that one of them did weare the
Colours of this Commonwealth upon the poope and boltspritt end, and that
the other that fought against her was a tall large shipp wearing in
her main topmast head a Redd flagg with the picture of a hand and
sword therein, and an ancyent of like nature, which shipp had as
appeared to this deponent worsted the other shipp that wore this Commonwealths
Colours. And saith that he this deponent with the Waterhound frigott
wearing the Colours of this Commonwealth about noone of the same day
came upp with the sayd shipps and found that the sayd woorsted shipp that
wore the Colours of this Commonwealth was the arlate frogot the
Advantage commannded by Captaine Mill in the immediat service of
this Commonwealth and that the other shipp which most part of that forenoone
had fought against the Advantage and had still upp her flagg of
defiance and ancient aforementioned, was the arlate shipp the
Golden Starr or Morning Starr which he then did and still doth take to
be an enemy shipp. And saith that notwithstanding this deponents frigot
had and wore out the Parliament Colours and that there were two or
three other of this Commonwealths shipps in sight wearing likewise
the Parliaments Colours yet the sayd shipp the Golden Starr did upon the
English Coast and with in [?XXXXX] or thereabouts of the English shoare fire upon
the Waterhound and fought with her and wounded one of his quartermasters
in his head and neck so as he is still in great danger of life and not
like to recover of the sayd wounds, and likewise the Gunner of the sayd
shipp in his legg, and did not nor would submitt to the Water hound till
she was boarded and by force subdued by her, and saith that after boarding
and calling for quarter some of the sayd Golden Starrs men continued the
fight and shott the boatswayne of the Waterhound in his Arme with a
pistoll or small shott and saith the premisses notwithstanding and that the sayd
Golden starr waas att length subdued yet they continued upp their sayd
flagg and Ancyent of defiance and the same were not taken downe
till some of this deponents Company Cutt the same downe. And this
deponent moreover saith that he verily beleiveth that the Master and Company of the sayd shipp
the Golden Starr did well know observe ad see that the sayd Advantage
frigot, and this deponents sayd frigot were shipps of warr of this