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The same day. [CENTRE HEADING]

Examined upon the foresaid allegation.


Claes Williamson of Amsterdam Mariner late Stiersman of the
said shipp the Wheele of ffortune, aged 35 yeares or thereabouts
sworne and examined.

To the first article of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth that hee well
knoweth the producent william davison and hath soe donne for theise twelve
weekes last past or thereabouts, and saith the said williamson for all the said
time and to the time of the casting away of the wheele of ffortune arlate was commonly
accompted and reputed owner of her and of her tackle and furniture, and
that the said william was and is a merchant of Amsterdam, and sent her
out thence about October last for Gottenburg to lade pitch and tarr
for this port of london, which hee knoweth because this deponent went
thence Stiersman of her; And otherwise hee cannot depose

To the second hee saith and deposeth that in or neere about the end of Novermber and
beginning of the moneth of december last past one hance Marl[?XXX] at Gottenburgh as
factor or Agent for the arlate Anthony Phillips and William Smith of this Citie Merchants
laded the sayd vessell the Wheele of ffortune with three and twenty lasts and a halfe of
tarre and halfe a last of pitch to be thence transported to this Port of London for the proper
Accompt and adventure of the sayd Anthony Phillipps and William Smith and here to bee
delivered unto him And saith that on or about the 21th of this instant december (new
style) the sayd shipp the Wheele of ffortune having receaved her sayd ladeing aboard departed
from Gottenburgh for this port of London the place of her discharge, and at or about
the 28th of the same moneth (new style) towards evening comming (as this deponent
guessed) within three leagues of North fforeland and fearing in the darke to bee to much
ingaged upon the Coast the sayd shipps company shortned their sayles and laye a [?trice] with
a course of the mayne sayle soe to drive till day light came on that they might come in with
more securitie, and that as soone as the night came on they put out their light in the strome,
which continued constantly up and giving a good light till eight of the clock at night at
which tyme hee saith a shipp of fflushing named the Yonge Prince William (Claus
doubleyupe Master) came from fflushingwards bound for Biscay and came right
before the winde without any light and ran right uppon the wheele of ffortune (having then her
light out upon her sterne, soe that the yonge Prince William might easily have seene her
and passed by her) and sayled her and sunck her downe in the sea with the foresayd goods
soe laden aboard her for the Accompt of the sayd Phillips and Smith, and one halfe
last of tarr for the Accompt of this deponents precontest Lawrence Johnson, and all the
Company of the said shipp Wheele of ffortunes cloathes saving what they had on their
backs, and soe the sayd shipp and hoods perished and were cast away tgeather with
one of the Company of the sayd shipp Wheele of ffortune named Lawrence Williamson
who was drowned in the sayd shipp, and all by meanes of the sayd shipp Yonge
Prince William soe remaining upon the Wheele of ffortune, which might have bin avoided
if the Company of the Yonge Prince had looked out and taken care, the wheele of ffortune
having her light out as aforesayd and this deponent and the rest of the
Company of the sayd shipp Wheele of ffortune and the Master thereof had much adoe to serve
them selves and gett into the Yonge Prince And this hee saith was and is true and publique And
otherwise hee cannot depose./

To the third hee saith the ssayd shipp the Wheele of ffortune with her tackle and furniture at and to
the tyme of her being cast away as aforesayd were worth the summe of three and
twenty hundred Guilders and the sayd tarr was worth thirteene pounds sterling per
last and the half last of pitch nyne pounds sterling,
soe much the sayd pitch
and tarr (according to the Common report and estimation would have yeilded at this port, And
alsoe saith that the Mariners cloathes and Instruments were worth the summe of two hundred
guilders And otherwise hee cannot depose/

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