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To the 5th hee saith hee knoweth the Interrogate Mathew Plowman
and saith the sayd Plowman was at such tyme as the stormes aforesayd
happened a sickly man and soe had bin for three or fower dayes before
and kept his Cabbin and came not out by reason of his sickness And
saith hee well observed and knoweth that the sayd Plowman did not come
forth of his cabbin in the sayd stormes untill after the sayd shipps
mayne mast and shrowdes and tackle aforesayd were downe and blowne
over board and gone and when hee did come the reason thereof
was for that a great sea came into the sayd shipp and
part thereof went into his Cabbin soe that the sayd Plowman fearing
as this deponent beleeveth that hee should bee drowned in the Cabbin
thereupon came forth thereof and hee this deponent well knowing
the sayd Plowmans Cabbin is well assured that the same being
within the great Cabbin and obscured and hidd by the bulke heads of the sayd
shipp It was impossible for him from out the sayd Cabbin to see
and discover what was done in the sayd shipp by others of her company
in any part thereof And further to this Interrogatorie hee cannot depose/

Repeated before doctor Godolphin

the marke of the sayd [MARKE, RH SIDE]



The same day [XX] [CENTRE HEADING]

Examined on the sayd Interrogatories/

d Smith


John Sutton of Wapping in the parish of Saint Mary Matsellon
alias Whitechappell and County of Middlesex Mariner Boatswaine
of the shipp the Saphir aged twenty sixe yeares or there
abouts a wittnes sworne and examined saith and
deposeth as followeth videlicet./

To the first and second Interrogatories hee saith that hee well knoweth
the Interrogate Shipp the Saphir and went Boatswaine of and in her the voyage
in question being her last voyage from London and saith that in the sayd
voyage the sayd shipp about forescore leagues to the Southwest of Scilly
mett with an exceeding great storme and tempest which continued
with great force for five or sixe howers togeather in soe much that
the sayd shipp and her ladeing and alsoe the lives of her company on board
her were in extreame perill and danger of being utterly lost and the
sayd Master and Company seeing the great danger they and the sayd shipp
were in did conclude that the safest way to preserve the sayd shipp and
ladeing from sinkeing and perishing in and by the sayd storme was to
cutt the mayne mast and other her tacke over board, and according to
the sayd conclusion and agreement the sayd shipps Company by order of the
Master began to Cutt the mayne mast and then cutt the shroudes
and stays of the mayne mast and the says shroudes and stay being cutt
then and not before the mayne mast (although it were a new stronge and
substantiall maste) brake in peeces a good way above the place where it was
begunne to bee cutt (wanting the sayd shroudes and staye to guide, and
uphold it) and were togeather with the topp mast and all the yardes and sayles [?XXXXX] and tossed over board and lost in the Sea which hee verily beleeveth it would not have done if the [?sayd GUTTER]