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The same day.

Examined upon the foresaid Libell.


Peter Smit of hulston neare Lubeck Mariner, aged 36 yeeres or thereabouts
sworne and examined.

To the second article of the said Libell hee saith and deposeth That hee well knoweth
the shipp the Alexander arlate whereof Captaine Cornelis was commander
and saith that the time libellate, namely about tenn or twelve weekes since shee was in
the Roade of Oratavo in the Canaries, and there rode by two anchors and
cables, and until shee soe roade, asterne arising, shee was constrained to let
shipp her two anchors and cables for her preservation and put out to sea
of his sight and knowledge, being then in the shipp the desire (mr Colquite
commander) in the same ?roade and seeing the Premisses.

To the third hee saith that the company of the Alexander before such their
going out fastened a mainstay mast for a buoy to ?there said cables, whereby
to find them againe and their anchors upon their re?turne, which hee knoweth
seeing the same afterwards, as hereunder followes.

To the fourth hee saith That the roades and places in the Canaries where
shipps use to ride being open and infested with st?ormes, shipps there riding
must of necessitie put out to sea (when the stormes come) for their preservation
from being put ashore or otherwise torne or [?mischieved], and when the storme
is over they come in againe to looke for and take their cables and anchors
there left through hast of escape.

To the fifth and sixth hee saith that the said shipp the desire being the time
aforesaid in the said Roade, and thinking to ride it out, did not goe out
to sea ?soone as the Alexander did, but afterwards the storme made her
anchors give way, and the shipp to drive towards the said buoy of the
Alexander, to which the said Colquite caused her to be fastened and moored
and the said shipp to ride by the said shipp-buoy, during which riding
shee got her anchors [hXXXX], and the same night the storme finishing
the said shipp the desire was loosened from the said hold while this
deponent was above in the shrowds, and when hee came downe, enquiring
amongst his fellowes how shee came loose, they told him that the said
Colquite the master had cut the Alexanders buoy roape to which shee had
bin fastened, and cut off the buoy, and soe shee came loose. And saith
the said cables of the Alexander must needs sunke having noe buoy,
And otherwise hee cannot depose, saving hee helped (by order of the saud
Colquite) to marke the said shipp the desire fast to the said shipp buoy
otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the 7th hee saith that hee this deponent afterwards when the desire
was retourned into the said Roade, saw the said shipp the Alexanders
boate manned searching and [?runing] up and downe to looke for their
said buoy, cables and anchors, but saith they could not finde them by
the reason aforesaid.

To the 8th hee cannot depose.

Tp the rest not examined by direction of the producent.

To the Interrogatories. [CENTRE HEADING]

To the first hee saith hee was served with a ticket as from this
Court and a shilling to come and testifie what hee knew, and was
one of the foremastmen of the desire, and saith hee hath neither bin
promised nor [?receaved] nor expecteth ought for his testimony, but
cometh mearly for truthes sake, and saith hee hath received his wages
for the said voyage. And further cannot depose, saving as aforesaid