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The 4th of January 1654/5:- [CENTRE HEADING]

Captaine John Arthur against Pitt et cetera:}

Examined upon the said Allegation:-/

Rp. 4tus

John Diett of Limehouse in the parish of Stepney
Mariner aged 50 yeares or thereabouts a Wittnes
sworne and examined saith as followeth, videlicet:

To the first article of the said Allegation, hee saith hee well knoweth the arlate
Thomas Browne, and knew him to be Master of the shipp the John
arlate upon the Voyage in Controversy. And further cannot depose./

To the 11th hee saith, That the said shipp the John being laden at Porta
Port in Portugall in or about the moneths of ffebruary or March 1653. English
stile and bound, (as was there reported for the Barbadoes) was of this
deponents sight and observation for about 3. or 4. weekes after such her lading
constrained to stay and abide there, for that shee could not passe over the barr
and saith that during that time a fflemmish or hamburgher shipp having
also there laden and being of a burthen much inferior to the said shipp the
John yet was not able to passe the said Barr of Porta Port,
The premisses hee knoweth being
att the same time at Porta Port Cooper of and aboard the shipp the
Porta Port Merchant then and there also taking in her lading. And
further hee cannot depose./

To the 12th hee saith hee beleeveth the shipp the John arlate was and
is of the burthen of one hundred tunns and upwards, and beleeveth
that the same being full laden doeth draw thirteen foot water or
thereabouts, and so much this deponent hath sewerall times heard from divers
of the said shipps Companie. And further cannot depose/

To the 13. hee saith, That hee this examinate was never but once, in
the time predeposed at Porta Port interrate, at which time the said
shipp the Porta Port Merchant wherein this deponent served was piloted
over the barr allate neere Porta Port by a Pilot or pilotts of and
belonging to that place, And saith hee beleeveth the same is also usually
to be done to and with all forraigne shipps coming to trade there, And
further cannot depose./

To the 14th hee saith, That as this deponent was credibly informed at
Porta Port aforesaid, it was and is there a Custome of that place
that the Pilots there usually knowne by the name of the kings Pilotts
are to determine when the Tyde and height of water is convenient
for all sorts of shipps to passe with securitie over the said barre, and that
they have a salary or allowance for the same out of each shipp so
passing, and are for the preservation of their Creditt and livelihood
observed to bee very carefull in that their undertakeing: And further cannot depose

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