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The 14th of September 1654 [CENTRE HEADING]
On the behalfe of William Mico and John heard}
English Merchants resident in Naples touching}
their losse in the shipp the Saint George of London}
henry Minor master}
Henry Minor of Limehouse mariner
aged 36 yeares or thereabouts
sworne before the right worshipfull William
Clerke aand John
Godolphin doctors of lawes, Judges of
the high Court of the Admiraltie and examined
upon certain Interrogatories ministred on the behalfe of
the said William Mico and John heard saith and deposeth
as followeth. videlicet.
To the first second and third Interrogatories hee saith and deposeth That
hee well knew the shipp the Saint George interrogated (whereof Thomas
Neve was late master) at the time of her last being in the straights
in the imployment of the said William Mico, John heard and others
about six monethes since, And saith that having bin at Zant and
Cephalonia and there having taken in her lading of currans shee came
to Messina where the said Thomas Neve leaving her this deponent
was constituted master of her to bring her with her lading home for
this port of London. And that having taken in other goods namely
cotton wooll and feathers at Messina, shee departed thence under the
conduct of this deponent and company on or about the 26 of March last
(old stile) bound for this port of London there to make her dischardge.
And that in her course of proceeding and intending to touch at
legorne for company comming about a league and halfe short of the
Malo[?c]a shore was mett with by a holland man of warr, named the
White Eliphant commanded by one Captaine Gott then in hostility
against the subiects of this Commonwealth, and by the said man of
warr (having 26 guns) assaulted and sett upon, and after severall houres fight
(wherein the said shipp Saint George was soe shattered and torne
and received in water soe fast that her goods were even covered
in hold with water, and shee readie to sinke) this deponent and
company, were faine to quit her and betake them selves to their boate
to save their livess, and the said man of warrs company entring her
shee sunke right downe and with all her lading perished
in the sea, saving tenn bales of silke which this deponent and
company tooke out before her sinking and carried ashore
with them. And saith that when the said shipp came soe to Messina
from Zant and Cephalonia, and that the said Thomas Neve was
to leave her, hee gave this deponent an accompt (which this deponent
tooke in writing) of the goods that were aboard her and had bin taken in