HCA 13/71 f.117r Annotate
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The xijth day of March 1655. [CENTRE HEADING]
Examined upon the sayd allegation.
Gabriel Smell of Lubeck Mariner late Steersman of the sayd shipp
the Hope aged thirty yeares or thereabouts a witnes sworne ánd
examined saith as followeth.
To the first and second Articles of the sayd allegation, This deponent saith, that about the tyme
arlate there were laden on board the sayd shipp the Hope att Quinsburgh arlate
two and thirty bundles of hempe, one hundred of wainscott, one hundred
of pipe=boards, five hundred and one halfe of Clapboard, twelve hundred and
an halfe keeven staves, keepe pipe staves and three hundred and
an half of Oares, all to be transported to London for severall English
merchants att a freight agreed by their Correspondents or factors
at Quinsbourgh, The Premisses he came to know being Steersman of the sayd
shipp this voyage. And further he cannot depose.
To the 3rd. 4th and 5th Interrogatories he saith That the sayd shipp the [#]
[LH MARGIN] [#] [XXXXX was a strong
[and well provided]
[GUTTER XXXXX cables
[GUTTER XXXX and tackle
[GUTTER XXXX XXXXX
[GUTTER XXX And]
[GUTTER XX XXXX] [SIGNATURE, LH MARGIN]
departed with her sayd lading
from the [?Pilloa] soone after the beginning of September, and mett with excee=
ding bad weather and Crosse winds in the East sea which continued many dayes
and was often tempestuous so as in one storme the sayd shipp tooke in much water lost her foresayles
and was driven many leagues backward out of her Course, but came att last
to the Sondt of denmarke and there by reason of Crosse winds stayd about
eight dayes, And then departed from thence. which he knoweth being Steirs=
man of the sayd shipp as aforesayd.
To the 6. 7. and 8th. articles. he saith that within two or three dayes after the Hopes
departure from the Sondt aforesayd she mett with a most feirce and violent storme
the wind blowing from about the Northwest poynt, wherein she was in exceeding
great danger of perishing with he lading. the winds being so high that shee
could beare noe sayle but her maine sayle, which was let downe very low. the
sayd storme he saith began in an afternoone and continued to the next day
and drawe the sayd shipp neere the Holmes not far from Jutland, and there
the water being about twelve fatham two anchors were cast out but could not gett
noe fast hold so as the Master of the sayd shipp Martyn Barnhide and Company
for preserving the sayd shipp and her lading did necessarily resolve and did
cutt downe the mainmast which with the yards sayles and tackle were by the
violence of the wind borne overboard and were lost in the sea, And the next
day after midday the wind changing and coming about thhe Southwest poynt
The sayd Barnhide and Company for preservation of the sayd shipp and
her lading were constrayned to cutt one of their cables, and as they endeavoured
to weigh upp one of their anchors the same broke in peices, so as both the sayd
Anchors were lost. onely he saith a peice of one anchor was recovered. And
then the sayd shipp sett sayle for the Coast of Norway and was att last through much
danger conducted by a ffisherman (whom by chance she mett with) into Gusthaven
arlate. And he moreover saith that by credible report which hee then heard in
Norway many shipps perished in the sayd storme, and so in all probability the
Hope and her lading had done if she had not bene a very strong shipp or in case
the Master and Company of her had not used their utmost industry to preserve her, which
he saith they did as farr as was possible for men to doe. And saith allso that
the sayd mast was cutt and sayd sayles yards ropes and tackle lost, and the sayd anchor
and halfe and halfe cable likewise for preserving of the sayd shipp and lading.
the value of which things so lost he conceyveth to be about four hundred and
thirty dollers, and also beleiveth that the goods being so preserved ought to contribute
towards the sayd losse. And otherwise he cannot depose saving that in the sayd
storme the sayd shipp receyved great quantities of water into her.