The six and twentieth of May 1 … '''A.4.'''
The six and twentieth of May 1657.
Betts and Company ágainst Davies}<br />
and company. Smith. Cheeke.}
Exámined upon an allegation given in on the behalfe of<br />
the said Davies and others.
'''dt. Cheeke. .j:'''
'''Thomas Johnson''' of Rotterdam Mariner, aged 40 yeeres<br />
or thereabouts sworne and exámined.
To the first árticle hee saith that hee this deponent was aboard the<br />
shipp the ''Prinse'' arlate and was boatswaine of her when shee came to an anchor<br />
neere the chaine against Saint Catherines about eight weekes since, at which<br />
time her master and company moored her in a safe and convenient place<br />
(where shipps are usually moored and lie at anchor) free and cleare of the<br />
moorings of the shipp the ''White Lilly'', soe that the ''Prinse'' remained fast<br />
and well moored, never touching the ''White lilly'' in tenn or twelve dayes<br />
space after such her first comming to an anchor there, which hee knoweth being<br />
continually aboard her the said shipp ''Prinse''.
To the second árticle hee saith that in the River of Thames it is usuall<br />
for shipps comming to anchor to moore and lie with their cables crosse and<br />
athwart each other, and that such cables by soe lying crosse or athwart<br />
doe not use to receive any dammage thereby, but the shipps lie notwithstanding<br />
safe and free from hurt, which hee knoweth having frequented the said River<br />
as a Mariner.
To the third árticle hee saith that when there are very many shipps<br />
at once in the River of Thames, they are necessitated to ride and lie neere<br />
each other, whereby they are alsoe necessitated to lie with their cables frequently<br />
athwart or crosse each others cables, any by that meanes upon turning of<br />
the tide they are apt to come aboard each other, in which cases the companies<br />
ought to be watchfull and diligent to cleare their shipps, and prevent such<br />
dammage as might befall their shipps by such comming aboard each other.
To the fourth hee saith that in all the time that the said shipps the<br />
''Prinse'' and the ''White lilly'' lay together, they never came fowle of or<br />
touched each other but once, (and that was about tenn or twelve dayes<br />
after the ''Prinses'' first comming there to an anchor, and that when they<br />
soe touched each other, it was only that the bolt spritt of the ''white''<br />
''lilly'' came against the steme of the ''Prinse'', wherein hee saith the ''white''<br />
''lilly'' received noe hurt, save only the breaking of her Jack staffe, which<br />
in his estimation was not worth above six pence, and saith that when the<br />
bolt spritt of the ''white lilly'' came against the ''Prinses'' sterne, the ''Prinses''<br />
company hasted to her sterne, and with their hands, put off the said bolt spritt<br />
without hurting the same, which hee knoweth being all the while aboard the<br />
''Prinse'', and seeing the premisses, and helping soe to cleare the said bolt spritt.
To the fifth hee saith that it was upon the turning of the tide when the<br />
''White lillies'' bolt spritt came against the sterne of the ''Prinse'', and was alsoe<br />
upon the turning of the shipps, at which times shipps companies ought to<br />
be carefull and diligent in veering their cables to shift their shipps shipps<br />
and prevent comming fowle of each other; And saith that when the bolt spritt<br />
of the ''Lilly'' came against the sterne of the ''Prinse'', the ''white''<br />
''Lillies'' companie might easily in his iudgement have prevented the<br />
same, with beering two or three fathom of their cable, which they might<br />
and ought to have donne, and further that it was not the fault of the<br />
shipp ''Prinse'' or company that the ''lillies'' bolt spritt came against her sterne, And<br />
otherwise hee deposeth not.
To the 6th hee saith it is usuall for shipps riding at anchor in the river on<br />
weeke dayes to take downe their Jack staves, because the same are apt to<br />
[have GUTTER] same are apt to<br />
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