HCA 13/72 f.173r Annotate
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The second of November 1657.
The Lord Protector against}
Lemmon and Tuffnell.}
Exámined upon the Libell annexed to the
Stephen Cranbrooke of Deale in the County of kent
Mariner aged 36 yeares or thereabouts, sworne and
To the first árticle hee saith and deposeth that within the time
arlate, namely in the monethes of March Aprill and May last
past or thereabouts (as hee remembreth the time) his highness the
Lord Protector was in possession of the shipp arlate called the
Virgin Mary and of tobaccoes and other goods that were aboard
her, as being lately before seized by some shipp or shipps in the
immediate service of this Commonwealth, and brought in as
prize and to the Downes, which hee knoweth being put aboard her
there as a waiter for the Customes.
To the second árticle hee saith and deposeth that within the time aforesaid
after such bringing in of the said shipp and lading into the downes, shee
was sent for to be with her said lading brought up for this port; and
that in her passage betweene the North foreland and the River mouth
this deponent about twelve or one of the clock at night comming
upon the deck of the said shipp which was then at anchor espied the shipps boate lying by her side and three or
foure baggs like bejket baggs which were full or neere full in the said
boate, and some rolls of tobaccoe lying on a heape in the said boate
amounting in his estimation to a dozen or fourteene rolls or thereabouts,
and hee conceiveth that the said baggs contained some of the said shipps prize
wooll, and this deponent asking what was the matter there was
answered by the seamen that were in the boate, that there was only a
little wooll and tobaccoe going aboard the Eagle ketch, and therewithat
put off the boate and went towards the said ketch which lay there
not farr off, and at the same time hee saith the arlate
mr Lemmon and another man named Tuffnell or Tufnet or some
such name were both (as officers of to or belonging to the prize office)
aboard the said shipp the Virgin Mary, and such carrying away the said
tobaccoes and baggs of goods from the said shipp the Virgin Mary was
within the ebb ebbing and flowing of and upon the high sea
within the Jurisdiction of this Court, and was donne as hee thinketh
and imagineth with the knowledge of the said Lemmon and the said other prize officer
for without their knowledge hee saith the same could not have bin carried
and conveyed away from the said shipp, as hee beleeveth And otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the third hee cannot depose, not knowing the quantitie of the
said goods otherwise than as aforesaid, nor knowing the weight or worth
thereof, or of any part thereof.
To the fourth hee saith there was alsoe in the said prize amongst
the goods seized in her a Spanish sea-bedd made of cannes and stuff
with halfe a hundred weight (in his estimation) of wooll, which hee
knoweth for that hee this deponent had laine thereupon two or three
nights before the said Lemmon and the said other officer (that came with
him) came aboard the said shipp in the Downes, and that the next day
after their said comming aboard, this deponent missing the said bedd
asked what was become of it; and was informed by some of the
seamen (who pretended thereto as plunder belonging to them) that they