To the 18th he saith he ćannot answer.
To … To the 18th he saith he ćannot answer.
To the 19th. he saith he knoweth not George Hughes interrate, and otherwise<br />
To the 20th he saith he never commanded any Convoy in the Streights. nor doth he<br />
beleive it is the Course for convoyed shipps to follow their Convoy from port<br />
to port much lesse that any obligation lyes on them so to doe, or punishment to the<br />
masters in neglecting so to attend such Convoys; it being as this Rendent concey=<br />
veth very preiudiciall to merchants and the designs for which shipps are made<br />
if it should so be. And otherwise he ćannot depose saying that in all such<br />
cases the best and second way is for a master of a shipp to keepe close to his<br />
To the xxith Interrogatory hee saith that all Convoys are sent out on purpose by<br />
the State to conduct shipps and secure them from taking, And if he were in a<br />
port ready to depart with his shipp, and a Convoy there that would depart in<br />
six or 14 dayes, he in such case (if his factors would under their hands<br />
sufficiently secure him from his Charterparty and did require him to stay, and such<br />
Convoy would sayle directly home) would stay for such Convoy and come<br />
along with her, otherwise he would keepe himselfe close to his orders and<br />
Charterparty. And otherwise he ćannot depose./
Repeated before doctor Godolphin
Thomas Chinn [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]
The 5th of March 1655.
Exámined upon the foresaid allegation.
'''Benjamin Gunson''' of Poplar mariner, aged 36 yeares or<br />
thereabouts sworne and exámined.
To the fifth article of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth that the<br />
direct way and course to come from Salina Roade of Cyprus for London<br />
is to come directly to the Streights mouth, which hee knoweth being a mariner<br />
and having in shipps by him commanded longe used the Streights trade and<br />
voyage, and having bin in Salina Roade aforesaid, and that such as aforesaid<br />
was and is the direct course from Salina Roade for London, hee saith it was<br />
and is notorious amongst mariners<br />
using that voyage, and places thereabouts.
To the sixth hee saith that in case George Hughes had sailed the<br />
''Thomas Bonadventure'' either from Salina Roade aforesaid directly to the<br />
Streights mouth, or if hee had sailed directly from Zant to the Streights<br />
mouth, hee had not come to Corsica, that being out of the direct waye or course<br />
of sailing both from Salina, and from Zant to the Streights mouth, which<br />
hee knoweth being well acquainted with the course of sailing and was<br />
to be held betwixt those places, having long used those parts as aforesaid,<br />
And otherwise hee cannot depose, not knowing where hee met with the<br />
To the seaventh árticle hee saith and deposeth that the direct way to saile<br />
from Salina Roade of Cyprus to the Streights mouth is 654 leagues and<br />
very few leagues more or lesss, and that from Salina Roade to goe<br />
to Zant and thence to the Streights mouth is about 15 leagues out<br />
of the direct course from Salina Roade to the Streights mouth, which hee<br />
knoweth for the reasons aforesaid, And<br />
otherwise hee cannot depose.
To the eighth article hee saith and deposeth that the direct way or course<br />
of sailing from Zant to the Streights mouth is about 420 leagues, and<br />
to saile from Zant first to Corsica and thence to the Streights mouth<br />
isence to the Streights mouth<br />