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sayd Mayes part, and sayd if hee this deponent would soe doe, hee this
deponent should fare never the worse, for hee the sayde May would
send to this deponent his wages, whereupon this deponent
and others of the Shipps company
(of which the sayd Swinborne the then boatswaine was one) went upon
the forecastle of the sayd shipp and this deponent seeing some handspikes
there lying, did him selfe heave another upon the forecastle intending
to hinder the sayd Master from punishing the sayd May and further
hee cannot depose./

James Bakar (sic) [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]


The same day./

Rp. 5

Caleb Kyme of Radcliff in the County of Middlesex
Mariner one of the Company of the Shipp the Vine
and Midshippman of her, aged twenty fower yeares or
thereabouts a wittnes sworne and examined saith and

That hee this deponent was one of the Company of the shipp the Vine of
London (wherof was and is Master James Barker) in her last voyage to the East Indies
which she began from Gravesend about the latter end of december
1654 And saith that John May went Masters Cheife Mate and Pylott
of her for the sayd voyage, and that in the sayd voyage outward bound
in the yeare 1655 there were often differences betwixt the sayd Barker and May And one
tyme the difference betweene them hee remembreth was about an Azemuth
Compasse of the sayd Mayes which the sayd Master desyred of the
sayd May, to use for the sayd shipps use, which compasse the sayd
May denyed the sayd Master to use of, whereat the Master being displeased
did in presense and hearing of this deponent and divers others of the the sayd shipps
Company command the then Boatswaine John Swinborne upon perill
of looseing his wages for disobeying his Command to breake open the
the sayd Mayes Cabbin and bring thence the sayd Compass, and the sayd
May then spake to the sayd Boatswaine and sayd I charge you upon perill
of tenn tymes more then the losse of your wages that you lett the sayd
Compasse alone and meddle not with it, or to that effect, whereupon the
sayd Boatswaine did not fetch the sayd Compasse, and the Master being
displeased at the sayd Mayes words the sayd Master and the sayd May
fell to strugleing togeather, and the Master threw the sayd May over a [?coyle GUTTER]
of roape which lay Iust behind the sayd May, and also struck him the sayd May
whereupon some of the sayd shipps Company that were
next to them parted them, and the sayd Master seeing the boatswaine
did not obey his Commands caused him the sayd Masters servant, or
his the sayd Masters brother (but which of them he knoweth not) to fetch
him the sayd Compasse, who brought it out upon the deck the premisses hee
deposeth of his sight and knowledge being one of the shipps company as
aforesayd And further hee cannot depose./