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The second of November 1653.

The keepers of the libertie of England by authoritie}
of Parliament against the Mercury John detree master and}
other shipps. Suckley. Budd.}

Examined upon an allegation given
yesterday on the behalfe of the
claimers by the said Suckley.


Joachim Dowke of Lubeck Mariner, master of the
shipp the ffortune (sic) of Lubeck, aged 38 yeares or thereabouts
sworne and examined.

To the first article of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth that hee this deponent
with the shipp the ffortune of Lubeck arlate, whereof hee is master, Garrit ffolkes
in a shipp of Lubeck (named the Gideone) and hendrick Caven
in another shipp pf Lubeck (named the hope) together
with thirteene hamburger masters in their respective vessells (the names of which
vessells hee knoweth not but well knoweth tenn of the masters of them, namely
John detree, hendrick Martins, Barant Verdanck, Barent Jacobsen, Simon
Cornelison, Claus van Reten, Witte Wittenson, Zacharie Milde and [?Bay] Peters,
and hance Claeson) sett saile together in company from the River of Elve on the
seaven and twentieth of September last old stile without any Convoy or man
of warr with them, bound for Rochell, Nantes and other places in ffrance
and this deponent for Bourdeaux to fetch wines; and that on the satturday
next following such their departure from the Elve being in the North sea in
their course for ffrance they happened in company of Martin Minors a dantsicker
in his shipp hendrick [?dauner] of Lubeck in a shipp whereof hee was master,
and an Embdener in his vessell whereof hee knoweth not the name, and the said
three shipps soe by them met went alsoe alonge in their company bound as they
said for ffrance alsoe. And otherwise hee cannot depose,

To the second article of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth that on sunday
the second o October last past (old stile) as the said vessells were come
out from in their course as betweene Dover and Callice there appeares two vessells
[?XXXXX[ of them, with an English private man of warr who was aboard
a Galliott one of their company (which as this deponent after understood [?XXXX]
espying, hee the said private man of warr set saile and fledd, and the said
two shipps which appeared asterne sailed after and chaced him towards Dover,
And otherwise hee cannot depose, for that hee was farr to lee ward of the said

To the third fourth fifth and sixth hee saith that the next morning namely on monday morning the third
of October last the said two vessells which soe stood after the said private man of
warr, (and whereof this deponent lost the sight all sunday night) appeared
againe, and were found to be men of warr of Zealand by their flaggs, and
sailed about a league distant from the said fleete, and held the same course
with them and the same morning an English frigot comming with the winde
upon the said fleete the said two dutch men of warr stood towards the same
and anon another English shipp appearinge to leaward, the said two men
of warr stood towards her, leaving the chace of the first which fledd, and
comminge up
the said second shipp exchanged some shotts with her and
then went before the winde, and the said English shipp came up with the
said fleete, and staid there, And otherwise hee cannot depose, saving that
the said English shipp that soe came up with and staid them (as hee afterwards
understood) was called the Elizabeth commannded by Captaine Mings in thae
service of the Commonwealth of England./

Ro the seaventh hee saith that during the said exchange of shotts betwixt the
said shipps, the said hamburgers [?showed] the hamburger colours
and the Lubeckers the Lubeck colours, aswell as they could {?XXX XX XXX]