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To the 17th article he saith that the
said man in the said fort gate that pretended hee was
ffactor to whom the said goods was Consigned unto [XXXXX] but the [XXXXX] to the Lixon ffrigot and at that
tyme the said Carolo Tye knewe him not, neither knew hee
Whether hee were the Reall ffactor or now, which said Pretended
ffactor did not shewe the said Ketcher, Tye or any of the
said ships Company any License in writing or otherwise,
and further hee cannot depose saving as aforesaid:/:
To the 18th hee saith there was not any Spanish Boate or other Boate
or bessell whatsoever that came unto the said ship the Lixon frigot
after shee went out of the said Road of Oratava
either to Garachico, or any place, neere thereto, nor any
Boate whatsoever did followe after the said the Lixon ffrigot
after her coming out of the said Road of Oratava; (as hee
beleeveth) neither did the said Pretended ffactor after the
said ships departure aforesaid from Oratava Road ever see
or speake with the said ketcher. Tye, or any of the said
Ships Company. and further hee cannot depose
To the 19th hee cannot depose.
To the 20th hee saith the said Ketcher and Company seeing [and]
finding that there was noe Prattick to be gotten for
the said ship at Oratava, did upon
a serious Consideration, saile with the said ship and
Lading to the Maderas and there safely arrived, and
after his arrivall, the said Ketcher applyed himselfe to one
Mr Pickford, a Merchant there residing, for his advice
and direction in the sale and disposeing of the said goods
and merchandizes to the best, and [?iust] advantage of the
ffreighters and part of the said Goods, by the said Pickfords
order were Left with him the said Pickford, and from
thence the said ship sailed (by order and advice of
the said Pickford as hee beleeveth) to the Coast of Barbary
and there Trucked the rest of the goods that were aboard
the said ship (saving some baggs of Anneseeds) for wax, hides and
Goatskinns and having taken them on board the said ship
set saile with the same from thence to Maderas againe and there tooke
in the Proceed of the foresaid goods left with the said Pickford
and having soe done set saile, from thence for this Port
and heere safely arrived, and delivered all the foresaid
goods, to the Merchants, and owners thereof, or the [?agents GUTTER]
for them, and further hee cannot depose./.
To the Last hee saith that all the whole Voyage both at the Canaryes
Maderas and all other Plcaes, the said
ketcher did use hiis utmost care, and dilligence, both in endeavouring
to get Prattick at the Canaryes and alsoe in the selling and disposeing
of the foresaid goods to the best benefit and advantage of the said
ffreighters and soe mmuch did appeare to the said Tye, which hee
knoweth for the reasons aforesaid and further hee cannot depose.
Born: ?; married: ?; died: ?
Captain Bartholomew Ketcher (alt. Kitcher) was active in trade between London, Leghorne (Livorno), and the Canary Islands in the late 1650s according to English Admiralty Court depositions dated January 1658 (1659).
Ketcher was captaine of the Lisbone ffrigot (?1656 – 1658+?; crew: 11 men and a boy, including the Master.
In July 1658, the Lisbone ffrigot arrived in Oratava Road on Tenerife from Leghorne (Livorno), with a cargo of "Oyle, Rice, Silke Stockings, and Rope, and some other Comodityes", but failed to get a licence or "prattick" from the Spanish authorities, due to Spanish anger at alleged English massacres of Spaniards in Dunkirk.
The ship was forced to sail on to Madeira to sell some of its goods, and then, at the recommendation of Richard Pickford, a leading Madeira merchant, to go on to the Barbary coast.The same Bartholomew Ketcher probably fought at the battle of Scheveningen in the Half Moon (30 guns), which he commanded from 1653 to 1654. The same source reports that Ketcher commanded the Great Charity in 1659. Both were Dutch prizes.
National Maritime MuseumNMM Object ID: AML/N/8, Description: BARTHOLOMEW KITCHER, Bill of lading, 13 Oct 1661 (Formerly FD/7). Date made: 1661
R. C. Anderson, 'English Fleet-Lists in the First Dutch War', The Mariner’s Mirror, Vol.XXIV No.4, October 1938