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The 24th of March 1658. [CENTRE HEADING]

Wood, Bradley and Company}
against Colquit. Smith. Suckly}

dt. Browne.


Peter Hansson of Wapping Mariner, aged 27 yeares or thereaboputs
sworne and examined.

Examined upon the libell given in this cause.

To the second article of the said libell hee saith and deposeth that hee well
knoweth the shipp the Alexander arlate, and about tenn weekes since (the time
more preceisely hee knoweth not) saw her riding at anchor by two cables and two
anchors in the Roade of Oratava, and well knoweth that while shee soe rode
at anchor there happened a greate storme, wherby her master and company were
necessitated (to avoid greater mischeif) to let slipp their said cables, and leaving
them with the said two anchors to then there to put out to sea for her preservation
which hee knoweth being there present in the shipp desire whereof henry
Colquit (the partie defendant) was master, and seeing the premisses and
alsoe what followeth.

To the third hee saith that before such their going out to sea the said master and
company of the Alexander fastened a topp mast as a buoy] to their said two
cables soe left, to the end to finde them againe, which hee knoweth seeing the same
soe left.

To the fourth hee saith that the Canaries have all open roades wherein shipps
usually ride, and particularly that of Oratavo is open, and greate stormes
use there to happen, by meanes whereof shipps there riding are
frequently forced to slip their anchors and goe out to sea, till the storme be
over, and then retourne to the same place where they leave their cables and
anchors soe slipped, to which they use (before going out) to fasten a buoy or buoys
(as the Alexander now did) to finde the same by againe. And many shipps
at a time being often necessitated soe to put out and leave their cables and
anchors, they usually upon retourne after the storme goe to their owne cables
and anchors, and not meddle with those of other shipps that are not yet
retourned, well knowing that the shipps to which they belong will certainly
retourne to them as fast as they can after the storme, and againe moore by
or take up their said cables and anchors, to which buoys are constantly left,
this hee knoweth having bin severall times there, And further hee cannot depose.

To the fifth and sixth articles hee saith and deposeth that the said shipp the
desire being alsoe the time aforesaid in the said roade of
Oratavo, and striving to ride out the storme after the Alexander
was gonne out, the desire her anchors at length came home, and being
in danger of being put ashore, and neare the shipp buoy of the Alexander
the said Colquite tooke the oportunitie and commanded his company
to make fast his shipp by a rope thereto, which was accordingly done, and
in the night time the storme being very violent, soe that the shipp durst not
ride, and not having time to loosen and put off the said shipp buoy of
the Alexander, the said Colquite himselfe cut
the towe to which the said buoy was fastened, and soe leaving the said cables
and anchors of the said shipp Alexander without a buoy, stood out to sea,
and {?spe] the said two cables and anchors were and
are lost, which hee knoweth seeing the premisses, and helping (by command
of the said Colquite) to fasten the desire to the said shipp-buoy of the
Alexander, and afterwards seeing the said Colquite cut the tow in two
by which meanes the said cables sinking
they and the said two anchors must needs be lost. And further hee cannot depose