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to redeliver it untill the next day, at which time this
deponent againe required him to be examined, but the said Rand denied to bee
examined, and told this deponent that hee this deponent had noe
power to examine him, albeit that in reading the said Commission
hee sawe and found that this deponent was one of the Commissioners.
Rob:tt Church [?Junior] [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]
The eighth of January 1654. [CENTRE HEADING]
On the behalfe of Percivall Gilbert of}
Cowes merchant touching a losse in the}
John of Cowes (John Titley master).}
George Bascum of Poole in the County of
dorset Mariner, aged 29 yeares or
thereabouts sworne before the right worshipfull
John Godolphin doctor of lawes Judge
of the high Court of the Admiraltie and
examined upon certaine Interrogatories ministred
on the behalfe of said Percivall Gilbert saith
and deposeth as followeth videlicet.
To the first Interrogatorie hee saith and deposeth that hee well
knew and was one of the company of the John of Cowes
whereof the said John Titley was master in her last voyage to the
Barbada's wherein shee was cast away; and saith that shee proceeded
on the said voyage from the Cowes on or about the fifteenth day of
the moneth of March last past was a twelve moneth, which hee
knoweth going in her and being one of her foremast men in the said
To the second Interrogatorie hee saith that the said shipp the said voyage
safely arrived at the Barbada's in or about the beginning of the
moneth of May 1653 and continued there till the beginning (or thereabouts) of the
moneth of July next following in and during which space there were
of his sight and knowledge diverse caskes of sugar there laden aboard her
to the accompt of the producent Percivall Gilbert, and had
undoubtedly bin laden if shee had continued in safetie, and had not
bin cast away as hereafter followeth, all which hee knoweth for the
To the third hee saith that whilest the said shipp soe lay and
continued at the Barbada's, namely on or about the second day of
July 1653 there happened a most violent and tempestuous storme
commonly there called a hurricane, soe furious as that the
people that had dwelt there many yeares generally affirmed that they
had bever seene or knowne the like before, by the extremitie whereof
the said shipp the John together with all the sugars (to the quantitie
of tenn tonnes of sugar or thereabouts) that were aboard her as alsoe
eight puncheons of brandewine and three tonnes of beer, were
driven ashore and utterly lost and cast away, the shipp being
splitt in peeces, soe that this deponent and others of her company
had much adoe to save their lives by getting ashore in their boate.