Trinity House of Deptford Transactions, 1609-35 London Record Society 19. Originally published by London Record Society, London, 1983.
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At the request of the bearer, Elizabeth Young of Poplar, they certify that her late husband, Henry Young, mariner of Poplar, was honest and of good estate, being master and part-owner of the Delight of London on a voyage into the Straits; on 23 Sept. last, he was surprised by 3 powerful Turkish pirates having in all over 120 pieces of ordnance. Knowing the cruelty of those pagans, Young and his crew resolved to die fighting rather than to submit. So fighting the ship was fired by the heathen and sank. Young and 17 of the crew prolonged their lives as long as they could on the masts. The hard hearted Turks let them perish and threatened to treat similarly an English ship which they had formerly taken if any of the crew offered to save their countrymen. Young's estate of over £300 consisted of his adventure in the ship, his part-ownership of her, his apparel and sea instruments. His widow and 2 small children are likely to perish without charitable relief.
At the request of the bearers, Ursula Treago of Limehouse and Anne Bushnell of Ratcliff, widows of Roger Treago, master's mate, and John Bushnell, boatswain, of the Delight, Trinity House certify [the loss of the Delight as in 196. Treago had been taken by sea robbers on 4 previous occasions with a total loss of over £200.] Their late husbands' estates, worth over £200, consisted of goods, apparel and sea instruments which were lost in the Delight. The widows and their children are likely to perish without relief.
198. [f.69. ? May 1622] Trinity House to the marquis of Buckingham, lord high admiral (fn. 1)
Some 2 years ago, Capt. Best and Capt. Love at Newmarket besought him on behalf of Trinity House to consider the heavy burden of a contribution towards the cost of the late voyage against the pirates of Algiers of £2,000 a year for 2 years, imposed by the council at the suit of the merchants. Trinity House were willing to pay £1,000 for 2 years and at their suit Buckingham had moved the king to signify to the council by the lord treasurer that they should be so charged. Called before the council, they were told to thank Buckingham and were then given a warrant under the hands of 10 members for collecting the money. The money has been paid in, although the collection was £600 less. Nevertheless the council are putting upon them £2,000 a year for 2 years, at the intemperate suit of the merchants, by whose errors the king suffers in honour and Buckingham is wronged. As their only patron, he is asked to take some order so that the council can be satisfied and they not further charged.
At the request of the bearer, Nicholas Rauledge, they certify the knowledge of some of them that in 1586 he was pressed to serve in the queen's ship, the Makeshift, for 12 months, and in 1588 in the queen's ship, the Elizabeth Jonas, on the voyage against the Spaniards and on other occasions later and gave good service. In 1596 he was master of the Hope under the lord admiral's licence when he was taken by the 'lanthatho' [? adelantado] of Spain off 'Cape St Maries' [? Cape Santa Maria, Portugal], and held captive to serve in the galleys for nearly 6 years, a ransom of 1,000 ducats having been placed upon him. His friends secured his release, and afterwards he had obtained a reasonably good estate when in 1615 as master of the Feather bound for Portugal he was taken by 2 French men-of-war, losing not only his whole estate but also was so misused that he lost his sight. He is now aged and destitute. Robert Bradsho, master; Thomas Best, Walter Cook, Michael Geere, John Bennet, William Case, William Becke, Joshua Downinge.
For 13 years he has been one-eighth part-owner of the Lionell of Harwich, Mr Maddison of Newcastle, Robert Hart of Harwich, and others unknown being the other owners. The ship has been used in transporting coal from Newcastle to London. Since 26 March 1618, Madishon and others have freighted the ship with their goods, and Hart as master has transported the goods to London and elsewhere to the great benefit of Madison, Hart and others but Hart has refused to render accounts to Sparrow for divers years and has paid him little money and nothing at all for 2½ years, so that he cannot maintain himself. The lord keeper is asked to request Trinity House or others to summon Hart to render accounts for the period since 26 March 1618, and either to prepare the terms of a settlement with Madison and Hart in order to avoid law suits in the future or to certify their opinions to the lord keeper.