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The 28th of ffebruary 1658 English style//

Swyre and others against Church)
Budd Smith)

Examined on an allegation on behalfe of the sayd Swyre and


Captaine Henry Tiddiman of Rederiff in the County
of Surrey aged fifty five yeares or thereabouts a wittness
sworne and examined saith and deposeth as followeth videlicet/

To the first article of the sayd allegation hee saith that by reason thee
this deponent and his sonne and others of this deponents Company
lay neare the shipp Consent with this deponents shipp whereof hee
hee (sic) was Commander called the Exchange at such tyme as the shipp
Consent was sunke in the River of Thames by bilgeing upon an
Anchor of the shipp Phenix whereof one Church was Commander
and helped to weigh her up againe after shee was soe sunke
hee knoweth that there was much money expended and layed
out about the saveing and recovery of the sayd shipp Consent arlate
out of the place in the Thames where shee was sunke and verily
beleeveth that the charge of lighters boates Cordage and roapes
and other materialls that were necessarily used (and many of them
spoiled about the recovery of her) and mens wages that were
hyred and imployed about the recovery of her did amount and
could not chuse but amount to forty or at least five and thirty
pounds sterling in this deponents Judgment and estimate And
further to this article hee cannot depose./

To the 2 and 3 articles hee saith hee cannot depose for that hee never tooke
any view or survey of the sayd shipp Consent or of the particulars
of the dammage done her by her being soe sunke./

To the 4th article hee saith that hee hath credibly heard by one Mr William
Castle a Shipwright and severall others that since the sayd shipp
Consent was sunke and recovered and hawled a shoare neere the
sayd Mr Castles Key or yarde one Mr Gold did buy her of her Owners for
seaven hundred and odd pounds and afterwards conceiving her to
bee too deere of that rate did recede from his bargaine and agreement
And further hee cannot depose./

To the Interrogatories [CENTRE HEADING]

To the first Interrogatorie hee saith hee was required by one Mr Reneere
in the behalfe of the producent to testifie the truth of his knowledge
in this case and saith it will be neither profitt nor preiudice to him
which soe ever of the parties litigant prevaile in this cause and to the rest
of the Interrogatories hee answereth negatively./

To the 2 Interrogatorie hee saith, hee knew both the shipps the Consent and Phenix
Interrate, the Consent for these tenn or twelve yeares last past and the
Phenix from the lyeing when the dammage in question happened which
was to the best of his now remembrance about May or June last was a twelve
moneth And saith hee last sawe the Consent in Aprill last past, shee
then lyeing at the sayd Castles yards by Rederiff wall and saith the
last tyme hee sawe the Phenix was when the dammage in question
happened shee lyeing then in the River of Thames over against Rederiff stayres
where the dammage in question happened And further saving his foregoeing
depositions in this cause taken (hee having bin formerly examined
therein) to which hee presently ?here cannot more
particularly answer to this Interrogatorie./


Primary sources



ADM 106/332/59 William Castle, Shipbuilder. Response to the Surveyor's request for tender rebuilding the James. Gives his price based on the fact that the scantlings are the same as proposed for 3rd Rates with rebates for using existing materials. 1678 Jan 16


PROB 11/353/102 Will of Christopher Tiddeman of Rotherhithe, Surrey. 28 January 1677
- NOTE Redriff = Rotherhithe