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Vessell the Mary (which used all endeavours possible for a shipp so heavy laden
to have avoyded the imminent danger) And thereupon the said shipp freeman did
spoyle and indammage the Mary as followeth videlicet shgee broake her maine
mast maine topps, maine yard foreyard her maine shrowds two of her
foreshrowds her misen toppmast, and cracked her missen mast, spoyled her
maine stay in two places, and broake one side of the said shipp Mary downe
to the water and rent her foresaile and maine topsaile, and spoyled her mainesaile
and very much damnified all the small rigging, and some of the Company of
the said shipp the freeman coming on board the said shipp Mary did at their
owne pleasure hack and cutt the said shipp and furniture very much spoyleing and
endemmageing the same, and particularly one of the said freemans Companie
whom this deponent taketh to have been her boateswaine, being aboard the Mary,
and desired by Robert Yaxley the Master not to doe such spoyle upon the shipp and
tackle, the said boateswaine tooke up a handspike, and threatned to beat the Master
who being overpowered was constrained to submitt to such their violences, which
this deponent is firmly assured were committed and done by the order and
direction, at least with the wilfull connivance of the said John Whitty, who
during the premisses comeing upon the forecastle of his said shipp ffreeman, did
in the hearing of this deponent and his precontests, call the Master and Companie of
the Mary Collierly doggs and rogues, sayeing hee did not care if hee had
sunke her, meaning the said shipp Mary, if it had not beene for the mens
lives, or words to that effect. hee further saith, That to the best of this
deponents Judgement and estimation, the dammage done to the said shipp Mary
did and doeth really amount to the valew of two hundred pounds sterling and
upwards, and that the said shipp at a lesser valew cannot be restored to so
good a Condition as shee was in before shee mett with the freeman, and was
runn aboard and spoyled by her in manner as is predeposed. And further
cannot depose:-/

To the third hee saith, hee verily beleeveth that the shipp the Mary being
a Vessell of about sixescore tunns and constantly employed in the Newcastle
trade, might very well, (if the miscarriage predeposed had not happened
whereby shee hath been necessitated to stay to be repayred) have cleared upon
an employment to Newcastle and back to London with coales in the time of her
stay here about 60 li sterling to the Owners besides the benefitt of about 10 li sterling to the Master which
hee saith the said Master and owners have lost and are damnified by the meanes
aforesaid, Which hee knoweth being a person long accustomed to those voyage sand seeing and knowing the said shipp Mary to have bin hindred from such
the intended voyage by the disaster predeposed. And further cannot depose:-

To the 4th hee referreth himselfe to the Acts and proceedings in this Court
And further cannot depose./

To the last hee saith his foregoeing deposition is true./

To the Interrogatories:- [CENTRE HEADING]

To the first Interrogatorie hee answereth, hee cometh to be a Wittnes in this Cause
at the request of Robert Yaxley Master and part Owner of the said shipp Mary
wherein hee was an ordinary Mariner and saith the dammage in question


Primary sources


PROB 11/195/280 Will of Robert Yaxley, Mariner of Aldeburgh, Suffolk 25 February 1646