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The same day. [CENTRE HEADING]
Examined upon the said allegation.
Cornelius Derrickson of Reynster [?woonne] in holland Mariner
one of the company of the said shipp the Wheele of ffortune
aged 26 yeares or thereabouts, sworne and examined as aforesaid.
To the first article hee saith and deposeth that hee this deponent
abou twelve weekes since was hired by his precontest Lauance Johnson
master of the said shipp then lying at Amsterdam to goe one of her company
in merchants service thence to Gottenburgh and there
to lade pitch and tarr for this port of London for the accompt of merchants
of London, and saith the said shipp was sent out from Amsterdam by
a merchant of that citie named William davison who was commonly
accompted owner of her. And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the second article hee saith and deposeth that in or neere about the end of November abd
beginning of the month of december last past one hance Marleere at Gottenburgh as ffactor
or Agent to and for the arlate Anthony Phillips and William Smith of this Cittie Merchants laded
the sayd vessell the Wheele of ffortune with three and twenty lasts and a half of tarr, and half a
last of pitch to be thence transported to this port of London for the proper Accompt and adventure
of the sayd Anthony Phillips and William Smith and here to bee delivered unto them And saith
that on or about the 21th of this instant moneth of december (new style) the sayd shipp the
Wheele of ffortune having receaved her sayd ladeing aboard departed from Gottenburgh
for London her port of discharge, And at or about the 28th of the same moneth (new style)
towards evening comming (as this deponent guessed) within three leagues of the North
fforeland and dearing in the darke to be much ingaged upon the Coast the sayd shipps
Company shortened their sayles and lay a trie with a course of the mayne sayle, soe to
drive till day light came on that they might come [?XXXX] in with more securitie, and that as soone
as the night came on they put out their light in the sterne which continued constantly up and giving a good light till eight of the clock at night at which
tyme hee saith a certayne shipp of fflushing named the Yonge Prince William whereof
Claus doubleyope was Master came from fflushingwards bound for Biscay and came
right before the winde without any light, and ran right upon the Wheele of ffortune which
had then her light out upon her sterne (soe that the company of the Yonge Prince William
might easily have seene her and passed by her) and sayed her and suncke her downe
in the sea with the foresayd goods soe laden aboard her for thew Accompt of the
sayd Anthony Phillips and William Smith, and one half last of tarr for the
Accompt of this deponents precontest Laurance Johnson Master of the shipp Wheele of ffortune
and all the Company of the sayd shipps cloathes saving what they had on their backs
And soe the sayd shipp and goods perished and were cast away togeather 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 the Yonge Prince
William soe running 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 save themselves and get 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 sayd shipp the Wheele of ffortune with her tackle and furniture
at and to the sayd tyme of her being cast away as aforesayd were worth the summe of three
and twenty hundred guilders And the Mariners cloathes and Instruments
were worth the summe of three hundred guilders And the sayd Tarr
was worth thirteene pounds sterling per last, And the halfe last of pitch
nyne pounds sterling And soe much the sayd pitch and tarr (according to
the Common report and estimation) would have yeilded at this Port And
otherwise hee cannot depose./
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