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30th June 1657.

On the behalfe of Thomas Sherwill of}
London and henry Crew of dartmouth}
touching a losse in the shipp the Suckley.}

Rp. .1.

Charles Pullen of East Cowes in the Ile of
Wight Marriner, aged 34 yeeres or
thereabouts sworne and exámined before the
right Worshippfull John Godolphin doctor of lawes
one of the Judges of the high Court of the
Admiraltie saith upon certayne
Interrogatories ministred on the behalfe of the said
Thomas Sherwill and henry Crew saith as followeth

To the first and second Interrogatories hee saith and deposeth that hee well knew
the shipp the Suckley or Suckling interrogated whereof one Thomas Wells
was Commander, at the time of her last being at ffalmouth and ffoy
and the places thereabouts, And saith that on or about the thirtieth day
of November last past the said shipp or vessell departed on warfare from
ffoy, and came from ffalmouth to ffoy about a weeke before.
which hee knoweth because hee this deponent was then lieutenant of her
and went the said voyage in her from ffalmouth to ffoy and thense to sea
, And saith the producents Thomas Sherwill and
henry Crew were then reputed part owners of the said vessell, and this
deponent hath since seene bills of sale declaring such their ownershipp
namely the said Crew of a halfe and the said Sherwill a quarter part owner.

To the third and fourth Interrogatories hee saith that whilest the said
shipp was in prosecution of her said voyage the said Thomas Wells her
Captaine, having gotten most of the company into his confederacie,
did with their aide and assistanse surprize and seize the rest of the
said company by force of armes, and bound some of them (whereof this
deponent was one) with match, and locked up others of them and kept
guard upon and over them with swords and pistolls, and then voluntarily carried them
in the said shipp to Saint Antonio's in Biscay in the dominions of the
king of Spaine, and saith the said seizure began and was made about
two leagues off the said port of Saint Antonio on or about the five
and twentieth of ffebruary last, and the same day the said Wells and
confederates carried the said vessell and this deponent and the rest of
the surprized persons into the said port of Saint Antonio. And
saith the said Wells both at the time of the said seizure and of the
said bringing in to Saint Antonio's, declared himselfe for the king of
Scotts, and ashore at Saint Antonios, this deponent sawe him produce
and shew to the Alcolde there, a writing in parchment, which as hee
said was a Commission signed by the duke of yorke to imploy the said
shipp in the said king of Scots service, but this deponent did not
reade the said Commission or see the said subscription signing. And
saith the Spaniards after bringing the said shipp soe as aforesaid to
Saint Antonio's, tooke and carried her to Saint Anderes, and this deponent
being after at Saint Sebastians, heard that shee were duely expected at
Passage. Soe that the said shipp was and is wholly lost to her owners
and the said Sherwill and Crew as hee saith have by the premisses
utterly lost their shares in the said shipp tackle and furniture, All
5which hee knoweth for the reasons aforeasid.

Charles Pullen. [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]