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Charles I - volume 494: Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c., dated between 2 Jan. and 28 Nov. 1643

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Charles I, 1641-3. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1887.

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Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c., dated between 2 Jan. and 28 Nov. 1643.

Date. From To Subject. References.
1642–3. Vol. 494
Jan. 2 Order of the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports. Upon information from the Principal Officers and Commissioners of the Navy, that notwithstanding their utmost endeavours to procure caulkers, carpenters, seamen, &c., to repair the ships for the fleet for next spring, they have not been able to prevail with any to come willingly to the works, these alleging there is now no power to press them, by which the whole business is like to stand still; it is ordered that the principal officers do call before them all inferior officers and seamen necessary to the service of the fleet shortly to go forth, and with help of the Master, Wardens, and Assistants of the Trinity House use their best persuasions with the officers and seamen to undertake the work and be cordial in this great affair so much importing the welfare of the kingdom and of themselves in particular, and to allow them some small part of their wages beforehand by way of imprest, and promising the common men an increase of wages of 4s. per month. [1½ pp.]
Jan. 4 York House. Tho. Smith Commissrs of the Navy, Tower Street. Complaint hath been made to the Commissioners for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports by the common men borne upon the ordinary at Chatham, that the Clerk of the Cheque there denies warrant for their victuals as moneys are not designed to defray that charge. It is the Commissioners' pleasure you further send them an estimate of the charge of the victuals and wages for the ordinary guard of men upon his Majesty's ships remaining this year in harbour that money may be provided for the same. [1 p.]
Jan. 5 Order of the Committee for the Admiralty. That the Commissioners of the Navy confer with Captain Plunckett of the pinnace the Crescent, and Mr. Alcock, Victualler of the Navy, and certify the fittest course for re-victualling the said pinnace, now at Dartmouth, for three months; what stores are necessary and how they may be sent her, and what moneys are due to the officers and company of the pinnace, and to return an estimate thereof. [2/3 p.]
Jan. 13 Order of the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports. That the Commissioners of the Navy order the Victualler of the Navy to provide three months' victuals at Portsmouth for the pinnace Crescent. [½ p.]
Jan. 14 Committee for the Navy and Customs. Commissrs of the Navy. To appoint experienced persons to view the frigate Pennington of London belonging to the Earl of Warwick, Mr. Morris Tompson, and others, which they are willing to spare for the State's use at a reasonable rate, to consider the value of all the ship's provisions, and her fitness to serve the State. [½ p.]
Jan. 18 The same The same Upon information by Mr. John Taylor on behalf of the Captains and owners of the four ships employed for Newcastle, of their desire to have allowances for half pay of the Companies' wages since they were shipped, for harbour victuals and other necessaries specified in the contract; it is ordered that you consider what is due to the Victualler and for the companies' half pay and necessaries, and order Sir Henry Vane, jr., Treasurer of the Navy to make payment accordingly. Underwritten,
i. Certificate by the Commissioners of the Navy. We find no agreement in the contract for harbour victuals or wages as above-mentioned. We desire if there were any such agreement to know for how many men and how long time, for we have no musters to lead us to the allowance and for want thereof must either give them what they ask or no content. [1 p.]
Jan. 19 Order of the Commissioners for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports. For the Commissioners of the Navy to prepare his Majesty's ship the Prince to go to sea next spring with the fleet. [1 ½ p.]
Jan. 20. Committee for the Navy. Commissrs of the Navy. Having received your certificate of the sufficiency of Edward Goodwin, to be master carpenter of the Rainbow in the room of his father, who, from age and disability of body hath surrendered that place, we pray you to enter him as such with the usual allowances. [1 p.]
Jan. 20 The same The same Thos. Turner, purser of his Majesty's ship royal the Prince in regard of his other very necessary employments in the Navy cannot go in her to sea to execute his place, and hath requested us that Wm. Herbert, purser of the James, may perform his place during the summer's expedition; and Wm. Herbert hath desired Thos. Whitton, may be his deputy in the James. We pray you to enter Herbert in the Prince and Whitton in the James accordingly, with all usual allowances. [Damaged. 1 p.]
Jan. 30 Treasury Chamber. The same The same To enter Mr. Thomas Rabnet, boatswain of the Sovereign of the Seas, as one of the four masters attendants of the Navy in place of Captain Thomas Austin, deceased, at Chatham, with the usual allowances and perquisites. [1 p.]
Jan. 31 Order of the Committee for the Navy. That the Commissioners of the Navy return to the Committee the account of the ship Martin employed in last summer's expedition, upon the desire of Captain Martin for the remainder of the money due to him, and the certificate of the Shipwrights' Company of the dimension of the said ship. [Much damaged. ½ p.] Enclosed,
i. Certificate by the Shipwrights' Company of the length, breadth, and depth of the Martin. Its burden is 532 tons. [Much damaged. 1 p.]
Jan. 31 The like. For the Commissioners of the Navy to take up a ketch of twenty tons in the Thames to transport provisions from Tower Wharf to Selby in Yorkshire, returning an estimate of the charge and when the vessel will be ready. [Much damaged. ⅓ p.]
Jan. 31 Committee for the Navy. Commissrs of the Navy. Captain William Driver of the Prosperous [of London, employed in last summer's service, having informed us] that he reached Blackwall, Oct. 22 last, and as the Parliament was not provided with money to discharge his men he was forced to keep them upon pay five days after, the Commissioners of the Navy are to examine the truth hereof, and finding it so to make his bill accordingly. [Much damaged. ½ p.]
Feb. 2 Order of the Committee for the Navy. Mr. Wyard, Mr. Maynard, Richard Foster, and other owners of ships at Ipswich and other places, having tendered themselves and their ships for next summer's service, the Commissioners of the Navy are to confer with them and consider wherein they may receive employment. [Damaged. ⅓ p.]
Feb. 3 The like. Upon information of Mr. Moore that special service may be done in Lancashire with four small ships; it is ordered that the Commissioners of the Navy speedily consider of four small ships, to be part of next summer's fleet, to go for Lancashire and lie there a month or six weeks, and to go thence to the coast of Ireland. [Much damaged. ½ p.]
Feb. 7 York House. Tho. Smith Captain Crandley, and the Commissioners of the Navy. Recommending Henry Kyme, long a servitor to the Navy, which employment now fails him, to be Clerk of the Cheque in one of the merchant ships. [¾ p.] Underwritten,
i. Names of others that desire employment in the Navy and are very well recommended. [¼ p.]
Feb. 7 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. Committee for the Navy. Commissrs of the Navy. To enter John Hancret, removed from being boatswain of the Nonsuch, as boatswain of the Unicorn in the room of Thos. Arkinstall, removed thence into the Merheneur with the usual allowances. [1 p.]
Feb. 7 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. The same The same To enter Richard Edwards, removed from the Merheneur, as boatswain of the Prince, in the room of Israel Reynolds removed into the Sovereign; with the usual allowances. [1 p.]
Feb. 7 York House. Tho. Smith [Captain Crandley.] The Committee desire your sudden answer to the enclosed order. I received yours concerning the six ships yesterday, but you sent not the estimate of the whole entertainment for eight months, nor the time when they will be ready, how soon the captains should have their commissions, nor whether the masters are fit to be captains; therefore I return you the letter for those additions. The press warrant and the warrant for Mr. Scott to be master attendant you shall have to-morrow. [Damaged. 1 p.]
Feb. 7 Cornelius Cook Mr. Blackburn Will not undervalue himself and his son by accepting a midshipman's place for the latter, when boys who have never been at sea, and other men for two sons apiece, can obtain lieutenants' posts. His son knows how to discharge the duties of captain. Recounts his son's voyages and accomplishments. Gives this account till he can find opportunity to speak with the Commissioners [of the Navy]. [Seal with arms broken. 1 p.]
Feb. 8 Committee for the Navy. Sir Henry Vane, jun., Treasurer of the Navy. To pay 200l. to the Commissioners of the Navy for the use of Captain Thos. Ashby and the crew of the Employment, of London, lately employed on the Irish coast, as an allowance out of prizes taken by them; which prizes the crew valued at 2,000l., but the Committee at 1,000l., of which the Commissioners of the Navy recommended a fifth part as a reasonable reward for the crew. [1 p.]
Feb. 11 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord High Admiral. Commissrs of the Navy. To enter Edward Crane as master gunner of the frigate Crescent in place of Thos. Mudge, who hath left the ship without license or authority, with the usual allowances. [¾ p.]
Feb. 11 Thos. Smith The same It is the pleasure of the Commissioners for the Admiralty that they confer with Captain Danske, of the Charity, now in the Downs, and contract with him for eight months' sea service, and return an estimate of the charge. Underwritten,
i. Estimate of the charge of employing the Charity, 120 tons, 6 pieces, and 36 men, for eight months, 1,087l. 4s. [¾ p.]
Feb. 14 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. Committee for the Navy. Commissrs of the Navy. To enter Wm. Paine as master gunner of the lesser frigate the Cock, lately bought, with the usual allowances. [1 p.]
Feb. 14 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. The same The same The like for John Beale to be boatswain of the bigger frigate the Black Spread Eagle, lately bought. [1 p.]
Feb. 14 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. The same The same The like for Thomas Gates, heretofore gunner of the Third Whelp, now cast, to be master gunner of the Black Spread Eagle. [1 p.]
Feb. 14 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. The same The same The like for William Spillman to be purser of the frigate the Cock. [1 p.]
Feb. 14 Treasury Chamber. The same The same The like for Thomas Samford, to be carpenter of the Black Spread Eagle. [1 p.]
Feb. 15 Treasury Chamber. The same The same The like for John Carter, to be purser of the same vessel. [1 p.]
Feb. 16 The Commanders and Officers at Essex Fort. The same Having commission to search all suspected vessels going up and down the Thames, and finding that in dark nights many suspected vessels may pass by Gravesend side, we desire you to grant us one of the pinnaces made for the Scotch service, whereby we may the better prevent the same passage. Underwritten,
i. Order of the Committee for the Admiralty: That the Commissioners of the Navy cause one of the boats above-mentioned to be delivered to the officers above-mentioned, they promising, under their hands, to restore the same in as good order as they received it. 16 Feb. 1642[= 3.] [1 p.]
Feb. 20 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. Committee for the Navy. The same To enter John Roper as boatswain of the lesser frigate the Cock, with the usual allowances. [1 p.]
Feb. 20 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. The same The same The like for Samuel Clark, to be boatswain of the Lion in the room of Richard Merton deceased. [1 p.]
Feb. 21 Treasury Chamber. The same The same The like for William Butler to be cook of the Cock. [1 p.]
Feb. 25 Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord Admiral. The same To admit John Fortescue to be master gunner of the Prince Royal, and Anthony Young master gunner of the James, for the present expedition. [¾ p.]
Feb. 28 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. Committee for the Navy. The same To enter Thomas Taylor as purser of the pinnace Hind, lately bought, and now in the Thames, with the usual allowances. [1 p.]
March 1 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. The same The same The like for Henry Young, to be master gunner of the same pinnace. [1 p.]
March 2 Order of the Committee of Lords and Commons Commissioners for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports. Upon the Earl of Warwick's information that there is great need of five or six fire ships to attend the fleet now going out under his command, the Commissioners of the Navy are ordered to take up vessels fit for fire ships at as easy rates as may be had, and six ketches of such burdens as have been accustomed in former years. March 3. [1 p.]
March 3 The like order: That the Commissioners of the Navy forthwith contract for a ship of fit burthen to go to Kinsale in Ireland with provisions, and bring thence to London the masts and other provisions that remain at Kinsale to be disposed of here for the service of the State, and certify this Committee when the ship will be ready. [1 p.]
March 4 Order of the Committee appointed by the Commons for the Navy and Customs: That the Joscelyn, one of the merchant ships employed in last summer's fleet and continued for this winter's guard, do continue forth for next summer's fleet for six months from the 25th of this March, under the same agreements as shall be made by this Committee or the Commissioners of the Navy with any other merchant ships in the summer's service; the owners of the ship to send on board victuals and other necesaries for the said service. [½ p.]
March 4 The like order: For the merchantman, the Mayflower, John Piggott, Captain. [¾ p.]
March 4 Committee for the Navy. Sir Henry Vane, jr., Treasurer of the Navy. To pay Henry Browne, master of the Ann Speedwell, a ship taken by Captain Thos. Ashly, and employed on the Irish Coast, 38l. 2s. 7d. for his charge and loss of time in the said service; and to pay off Browne's company according to their tickets and sea books presented to the Commissioners of the Navy. [½ p.]
March 4 Order of the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports: For the Commissioners of the Navy speedily to fit out, in warlike manner, His Majesty's pinnace, the Eighth Whelp, appointed one of the fleet to go forth under the command of the Earl of Warwick. [1 p.]
March 6 Order of the same: For the better encouragement of the seamen to be employed about the rigging of the ships in harbour now to go to sea. Such seamen as come on board the said ships and attend the necessary services thereto belonging shall be allowed their full pay, notwithstanding the ancient custom of allowing but half wages; and the Commissioners of the Navy are to publish the same amongst the seamen. [1 p.]
March 9 Committee of Lords and Commons for the Admiralty and Cinque Ports. Commissrs of the Navy. Order to contract with Captain Ludovic Dick, Captain of the Lion now riding in Hamoaze, to employ the Lion in the fleet under the Earl of Warwick for six months from March 1 last; the Mayor of Plymouth and other able shipwrights there having certified that she is completely fitted for a man of war and ready to go to sea. [1 p.]
March 9 Reference [by the Committee for the Navy] of Mr. Morris Tompson to the Commissioners of the Navy to contract for the employment of the Ruth on the Irish coast next summer. [¼ p.]
March 9 Order of the Committee for the Navy. That the Commissioners of the Navy make out a bill to the owners of the Joscelyn, merchantman, employed in last summer's fleet for her month's gratuity according to a former order of Parliament. [½ p.]
March 13 Order of the Committee for the Admiralty. That the Commissioners of the Navy order the setting out in warlike manner of the Loadsboat lately taken by Captain Batten and brought to Dover, to be employed in the fleet under the Earl of Warwick. [½ p.]
March 13 Order of the Committee for the Navy. The Committee accepts the tender of the ship Marten by Mr. Henry Marten, a member of the Commons' House, for this summer's fleet, and refer it to the Commissioners of the Navy, to contract with Mr. Robert Long, master, and Nathaniel Trusloe, purser of the said ship accordingly. [½ p.]
March 13 Captain Morgan [Committee for the Admiralty.] Asks to be employed on the west coast of Ireland, and that two months' pay may be advanced for victuals, and fitting the vessel for sea as in regard of the remoteness of the place, all provisions must be made here; and also as upon a month's notice he is to provide for two months longer than six. Underwritten,
i. Order of the Committee for the Admiralty. That the Commissioners of the Navy consider Captain Morgan's desire of money as abovesaid, and certify by estimate what sum will satisfy his demands. [2/3 p.]
March 13 York House. Tho. Smith Commissrs of the Navy Tower Street. Being informed the St. George and Entrance have refused to take in the beer lately sent in a hoy, and resolve not to take in any more victuals in the Downs, but are coming up into the Hope, it is the pleasure of the Committee for the Navy, Mr. Alcock forbear sending any more victuals into the Downs till further order. [2/3 p.]
March 14 Order of the Committee for the Navy. Accepting the tender of the Ann and Joyce for this summer's fleet, and referring it to the Commissioners of the Navy to contract with Mr. Robert Seaman, part owner, for the service of the said ship, and to allow her two jacks and a pennant. [½ p.]
March 14 Committee for the Navy. Commissrs of the Navy. Upon information of Edward Edmunds, chief searcher to the Committee for Powder, that Rice Thomas, gunner of the 10th Whelp, hath conveyed some ammunition out of the ship to the house of Richard Whitehall, a ship chandler in Rood Lane, London, and Edmunds hath seized it and left it in Whitehall's custody; ordered that the Commissioners of the Navy examine the truth of this, and dismiss the gunner if the information prove true, and that the Earl of Warwick be acquainted with this, and desired to take care that ammunition sent aboard his Majesty's ships be carefully examined, that the like abuse be not committed by other gunners. [Endorsed: "The original sent to the Earl of Warwick at Chatham to examine there the business." Copy. 1 p.]
March 14 The same The same To issue two Jacks to Mr. Samuel Vassall, a member of the House of Commons, for his ship the Mayflower, continued for this summers' fleet. [½ p.]
March 14 York House. Tho. Smith The same, Tower Street. Captain Batten hath furnished the Greyhound with eight tuns of the beer sent him, and her men will take in a supply of victuals in the Downs; it is the pleasure of the Committee for the Admiralty, therefore, that you send them away with all expedition. [Margin: To write to Capt. Batten that more victuals are sent than will supply the Greyhound, and to desire him to take care therein accordingly.] Captain Batten hath sent back the rest of the beer for the St. Andrew, which ship he desires may be made ready with all speed, as the St. George having but 12 days' victuals, is suddenly to come in, her men being refractory, will not take in victuals, till the ship be paid off and new ballasted. It is the Committee's pleasure you hasten away the merchantmen to the west as fast as may be, and that you send word when they are ready to sail, and if any of them be tardy what is the cause. [1½ pp.]
March 18 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. [Committee for the Admiralty.] The same To enter Edward Hayward, Clerk of the Survey at Chatham, as purser of the Defiance, in place of Francis Austin, suspended till he quits himself of the charge laid against him; with the usual allowances. [1 p.]
March 24 From aboard the Prince Royal. 1643. Robert Earl of Warwick, Lord High Admiral. The same To enter John Brooker, now cook in the Defiance, as cook of the Leopard, in place of John Tanner deceased; with the usual allowances. [Seal with arms and crest. 2/3 p.]
March 28 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. Committee for the Navy. The same To allow victuals during their stay here to the manners that brought up into the Thames certain prize vessels from Captain Haddock and the other commanders of the four vessels in the North, which are committed to Mr. Solomon Smith's custody, who is to certify what mariners are employed in the service; the charge to be added to the estimate of the grand fleet. [1 p.]
[March ?] Petition of John Lawson, Commander of the Covenant of Hull, employed in this summers service. The same Petitioner hath been eight months in the said service, and received 530l. for payment of his men, and he and his partners are out of purse 600l. There is due to him 1,590l., the want of which has brought him and his family to want. He prays you to order the Commissioners of Excise to give order to the Sub-Commissioners of Excise at Newcastle to pay him 500l. out of the excise-on flesh and salt [1 p.]
Nov. 28 Treasury Chamber, Westminster. Copy, certified by the Committee for the Navy, of a certificate returned March 21 1641 [–2] by Wm. Batten and Thomas Barlow, then Principal Officers of the Navy, of the time and place when the eight under-mentioned merchant ships hired by the King and Parliament "for this present expedition," had their provisions and ammunition on board, and were ready to set sail; giving also the number of their crews. [1 p.]