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Mariner Cooke of the shipp the Golden Cock for the voyage in
question aged thirty six yeares or thereabouts a wittnesse
sworne and examined saith and deposeth as followeth videlicet./

To the 6th article of the sayd Libell hee saith that before the departure of the sayd
shipp the Golden Cock upon the voyage in question Richard Chappell who
was and went Master of her the sayd voyage (and was as hee verily beleeveth
soe constituted Master of her by the arlate John Paige Thomas Canham and Maurice
Thompson the reputed freighters of the sayd shipp for the sayd voyage) did hyre this deponent to goe the sayd voyage (which as the Master of the sayd shipp told this
deponent at the tyme hee hyred him) was a voyage to bee made from the Port of
London to Canaries and thense to Bantam in the East Indies and thense back
to London and there the voyage to end, and this deponent saying unto the sayd Master
that some tymes they which made voyages to the Indies did trade up and downe
in the Countrey a longe tyme before they returned thense and soe kept their
Company a long tyme in that Countrie and that hee this deponent sometymes left
them behinde in the Countrey and that therefore hee this deponent was not
willing to continue there any longer than the goeing and to those places and the taking
in of their ladeing and returne thense therewith required, nor to trade up and downe
in the Countrey there, the sayd Master thereupon answered and sayd that hee
the voyage was only to the Canaries and soe to Bantam and soe home to London
which hee hoped to effect by Gods assistance within seaventeene moneths
at the furthest and soe hyred this deponent for seaventeene moneths and
noe longer And this deponent heard him speake to the same effect to divers
others of the sayd shipps company which hee hyred who expressed expressed their dislike to bee kept longe in the
Indies upon tradeing from place to place there And further to this article hee
cannot depose/

To the 7th article of the sayd libell hee saith hee being one of the sayd shipps
Company for this voyage in question and Cooke of her did well observe and
knowe that the sayd shipp at the tyme of her setting forth upon the voyage
in question was sufficiently and well provided with all necessaries
fitting for a voyage of eighteene moneths or upwards from London to any
ports or places within or without the streights mouth and to returne to
London within that tyme, and was a very tight strong and staunch shipp
at her setting out from London, and soe continued for about twenty moneths
after her falling out from London and was alsoe well orovided with masts sayles
sayle yards Ropes Cables gunnes and rigging for such a voyage but
who soe fitted and provided her for the sayd voyage hee knoweth not but beleeveth
the same was done at the charge of the arlate Canham Paige and Thompson
reputed part Owners of her and also freighters if her for the sayd voyage
in question And further to this article hee cannot depose./

To the 8th article of the sayd libell hee saith that what day the sayd shipp
departed from Gravesend upon the voyage in question hee knoweth not
for that hee this deponent was hyred and shipped aboard her the
seaventh day of January one thousand six hundred fifty fower (English
style (shee being then falne downe as lowe as the downes in order to
the proceeding upon her sayd voyage And saith that thense the sayd shipp
sett sayle to the Canarie Islands (only shee touched by reason of Contrary
winde at Plymouth) and safely arrived at the Canaries and tooke in wynes and
therewith sayled to Bantam arlate where shee safely arrived with her lading
about the fowerteenth day of August one thousand sixe hundred fifty five
and delivered the same there safe and well conditioned without any
dammage sustayned by any defect of the sayd shipp this hee the better