Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.: March 1654

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1654. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1880.

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Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.

March 1654

Date From To Subject References.
1653–4. Vol. 80.
March 1 Hen. Elsing Gen. Desborow, Suffolk House. Had instructions from Capt. Stone to draw an Ordinance for prize goods, and to attend a Committee of the Council; begs to be excused being too ill; hopes soon to serve with the diligence of an honest Englishman. 1
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Giles Vandeput and Nich. Warren, merchants of London, and Jno. Tutty, owners of the John Baptist, have signed a bond in 2,000l. that the ship shall not be employed against the commonwealth contrary to the liberty granted. 2
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs To treat with Sir John Wolstenholme for purchase of his house in Seething Lane, for the Navy Commissioners. 3
" 2 Thomas Brooks Capt. Hatsell or Lieut.-Col. Kelsey. Request to move the Commissioners on behalf of Wm. Barber, to be clerk of the check in one of the new frigates. 4
" " Capt. Jas. Terry, commander of the Great Charity. Generals of the Fleet. Petition for satisfaction for the loss of his right hand and other wounds in the engagement with the Dutch off Portland, 18 June 1652, while master of the Advice. With certificate of ViceAdm. Jno. Lawson, and 5 others. 5, 6
" " John Morris, Gravesend. Navy Comrs Received their order on the petition of Stephen Nicholson, either to pay him or show cause. Has already paid 7l. amongst several men of the ships in Lee Road, and would have settled with him but for his abuse; is already 2l. out of pocket, and will pay no more. Has received the book for the 10th whelp, and as her captain has received his warrant and victuals, asks whether to enter him on the sea books. 7
" " S. Blackmore Certificate that Herbert Cadman, boatswain of the Rainbow, having been dangerously wounded, lay on shore at Portsmouth 14 weeks, had two nurses for 8 weeks, and only 15l., which is to be deducted out of any allowance granted. 8
" " Comrs. for sick and wounded. Adm. Com. Recommend the widow of Capt. Thos. Pacey of the Nicodemus for 100l., her sons, Capt. James and Nich. Pacey, being lost in the Mary prize. Have given her 10l. of the sum. 9
" 3 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for the discharge of Rob. Granger, boatswain of the yard at Portsmouth 10
" " Gens. Blake and Penn, Swiftsure, Stokes Bay. Adm. Com. Find from theirs that the ordnance for the lower tier in the Sovereign is shipped from London; are pleased they will be able to procure her men. Recommend Capt. Jas. Terry of the Great Charity to be commander of the 5th rate frigate at Southampton; will supply the other officers out of the fleet. Ask orders as to the disposal of some prisoners taken by the Cardiff in a private man-of-war, as sickness has broken out amongst them; all offer to serve the State, except the French and one Irishman. 11
" " " " Generals of the Fleet, Whitehall. Want Mr. Arkinstall sent down to take charge of the Sovereign as master. Mr. Hawthorne, her late steward, now of the Great frigate at Woolwich, asks a bill for his wages till she is launched, which will not be for 4 months. 12
March 3 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Desires clothes sent down for Capt. Fenn's men; also large masts, cables, and Ipswich canvas, to supply the fleet and the new frigates. That at Southampton will be ready for launching next month. The surgeon of the Nightingale, has been discharged for miscarriage; what he owes the State for medicines, should be stopped when he is paid. 13
" 4 Jas. Hine Adm. Com. Petition for a gunner's place in the Cat pink, having served in the Little President. Noted as granted. 14
" " Adm. Com. Navy Com. To make out a bill to William Carey for 107l. 0s. 10d., paid by Col. Robt. Lilburne to the clerk of the check of the Union for victualling 70 men for 2 months. 15
" " " Com. Peter Pett. To survey the ships in the river, the Hope, and at Chatham, and report when they will be ready for sea, particularly 9 named. 16
" 5 Rich. Stokes [Navy Comrs.] The frigate building by Capt. Jno. Taylor at Wapping has her decks laid, and will be ready to launch the next tide. 17
" " Capt. Wm. Tracey, Fortune, Kinsale. " Sends the muster book. Will convoy a vessel to Galloway with the first wind, and then ply at sea to find Beech, the pirate, who has done much damage on the coasts. 18
" " Capt. Hen. Pack, Amity, Harwich. " Desires order for a boat, also for a survey of his defective victuals. Is getting the ship on shore to wash and tallow. 19
" " Capt. Hump. Felstead, Marigold, Galiantes. " Has been waiting a fortnight for a wind. Has 70 men, but could not get more, and the volunteers to whom he gave tickets to fetch their clothes have been pressed into the Triumph and Andrew. Desires order for pressing 20 or 30 watermen. 20
" " Sam. Bull, Westminster. Thos. Smith, Navy Comr. Begs him to procure payment of 40s. due to John County, a soldier under his command in the Isle of Wight, for clothes lost when the Oak frigate was burnt. 21
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor and two others, Chatham Dock. Navy Comrs The necessary repairs at the State's house, Chatham Hill, the garden, walks, and fences, will be 25l. to 30l.; if that is approved of, desire a warrant to proceed. 22
" " Capt. Robert Sedgwick, Stokes Bay. " Is much obstructed for want of able seamen; will try to obtain a supply, and also necessaries for a long voyage, and as he has the grant of a small vessel, hopes to be soon ready; the Generals and Comr. Willoughby are very ready to assist. As the soldiers came on board without arms, those had from the Tower must suffice; hopes to obtain some bandoleers. 23
" 7 E. Hayward, Chatham. " The anchor smith offers to supply two anchors of 55 and 64 cwt. in a short time; as Mr. Arkinstall, master of the Sovereign, has desired Mr. Pett to provide both, and sent one to Portsmouth, requests orders. 24
" " Thos. Taunton, Woodbridge. " The frigates in the river are detained by low tides, but Mr. Munday's has been working down, and he is doing all that is needful. Mr. Carey's has not been afloat since she came out of dock, and there are many things to be done on her, which he refuses to perform, and has taken his men off. Desires they will write him. 25
March 8 Capt. Thos. Bunn, Providence, Yarmouth Roads. Navy Comrs As his clerk of the check has not supplied the necessaries allowed by the Act for sick men, desires the usual allowance for 160 men for 6 months; will see it properly applied. 26
" " John Browne, Harwich. Receipt for provisions for the stores, shipped by Jno. Davis, storekeeper at Deptford, on board the Dove of London. 27
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Received their express and delivered the enclosure. The ships are ready, but stayed for the hoy with provisions; unless she arrives to-morrow they will sail without, as other ships do, which looks as if there were nothing in the stores. Has supplied them with water, ballast, &c. The soldiers were some obstruction. 28
" 9 Peter Bowyer, Scarborough. Navy Comrs The Assurance, of which he was mate, having taken a fishing hoy, he was put on board with 10 men by Capt. Holland, and ordered to attend Capt. Nich. Foster's squadron, but having taken a Danish vessel with stock fish, nuts, &c., bound for Amsterdam, has brought her in. 29
" 11 Adm. Com. " To make out a bill for the bailiff of Andover, for disbursements for maintaining Dutch prisoners. With order 15 March for 58l. 14s. 6d. 30
" " " " To make out a bill to Phineas Swett for his quarter's entertainment as usher to the Admiralty Chamber, he being dismissed from his employment. 31
" " " " To make allowance for 40 men upon the Cat pink, and 30 upon the Advice 32
" 13 Phineas Pett, Chatham. " The Tulip has come in to stop her leaks. The Gift and Mary prize have sailed, and the Victory and Vanguard will follow. The continual absence of the clerk of the check is prejudicial to the service. Will observe their directions respecting a strict muster. 33
" " Gregory Tricks Adm. Com. Petition for the boatswain's place in the Tulip; with certificate of Capt. Jno. Clarke and two others as to his former service. Noted as not resolved whether the Tulip shall be fitted out. 34, 35
" " Capt. Jere. Smith, Torington, Hope. Navy Comrs Has received some watermen from the Hall, but they are mere boys of 15 or 16, good for nothing, and not worth their conduct money. Desires order to press some able men, and will then turn the boys over to their masters. 36
" " Adm. Com. " To sign tickets for John Cook, discharged as surgeon of the Nightingale, and his servant 37
" " " " To pay 2l. 9s. 10d. to Capt. Robert Taylor, their agent, for boat hire, 10 Feb. to 13 March. With the account. 38, 39
" 14 " " To make out a bill to Taylor for his salary, from 9 Nov. to 13 March, at 180l. a year 40
" " " " Request that one of their number and one of the victuallers attend the Admiralty Committee on Friday at 10 a.m., to meet Mr. Beck and Burton. 41
" " " " Reference of an account of money disbursed by order of Col. Lilburne, commander-in-chief in Scotland, for provisions, &c. ships named, in the harbour there, since 31 March 1653, total 1,713l. 18s. 5½d. Certified by him, Linlithgow, 3 Dec. 1653. 42, 43
" " [Col. Rob. Lilburne] Note of the charge of victuals delivered to the army and navy 44
March 14 Adm. Com. Capt. Zanchey, Adviser pink. Warrant to discharge Augustine Rednett, who has been entered on board 45
" " Jno. Worterloye and 5 others. Recommend Josias Taplie, mariner of Wapping, a boatswain, he having done good service, and been wounded in the engagements with the Dutch. 46
" " Capt. Stephen Rose, late of the Convert. Adm. Com. Petition for the command of a ship, having hazarded his life and fortune for the commonwealth. With certificate of Capt. Rich. Badiley and 4 others that he was a captain of foot and dragoons, served as lieutenant in the Entrance and other ships; also commander of the Signet fireship and the Convert, was at the reducing of Jersey, and has not been paid. With note by the Admiralty Committee that as he was laid aside by the former Commissioners, for reasons unknown, it is not thought fit to do anything therein. 47, 48
" " Capt. Hen. Pack, Amity, Harwich. Navy Comrs Sends a report of defective victuals. Wrote the Ordnance officers, but must rely upon them 49
" " Capt. Philip Gethings, Woodbridge. " Hopes to get the frigates down to the bar in 3 or 4 days, and will then take in the remaining ballast. Mr. Carey would have completed his work earlier but for the remissness of the surveyor. 50
" " Thos. Wilson Certificate that Sam. Richardson, steward of the Phænix of London, has passed his accounts for her last voyage 51
" " Major Rob. Sedgwick and Jno. Leverett, Black Raven, South Yarmouth. Navy Comrs Were detained at Portsmouth for ballast, &c., and at Cowes for men, but having recruited, will put to sea with the first wind. 52
" 15 Major John Wade, Gloucester. Adm. Com. The furnace has blown a fortnight and as it will soon supply 40 or 50 tons of shot, asks where it is to be sent. If sent to Bristol, it will cost 3l. 10s. per ton, and if to the Tower 6l. Desires order to receive some money from the receiver for co. Gloucester, or Capt. Blackwell, to carry on the works. 53
" " Capt. Thos. Adames, the Maidstone. Navy Comrs Is near the Haven's Mouth, and hopes to get the frigate over the bar next tide. Desires a convoy, having no guns and there being some Dutchmen upon the coast; also an order to the victuallers for provisions. Capt. Gethings is hastening down to them. 54
" " John Clifton, George, Stokes Bay. " Sends duplicate of his sea book and muster. Has been plying with the fleet on the French coast, and is in good condition. 55
" " Adm. Com. " To order the Hope, Concord, and Mary flyboat to be fitted for victualling ships, to attend the fleet. 56
" 16 " " To make out a bill to Rich. Nutt, barge master, for 11l. 7s. 3d. disbursements 57
" " " " To make out a bill to John Powell for 22l. 9s. 1d. for defraying the charges of Desborow and the other Commissioners to and from Chatham. 58
March 16 Adm. Com. Navy Com. To make out a bill to Capt. Rich. Badiley for services in the Paragon convoying ships to the Mediterranean, at 14s. per day. 59
" " William Yates, shipwright. Adm. Com. Petition to be carpenter of the Mary flyboat. With certificate of Capt. Thos. Taylor and 3 others in his favour. Noted that nothing is to be done at present. 60, 61
" 17 Joshua Woolnough, linen draper. " Petition for an order to the Ordnance officers to give him a debenture for 6,060 ells of canvas, delivered into the stores on contract at 18d. per ell. Has served the stores 5 years on yearly contract, and cloth has not been cheaper since the last contract. With order to the Ordnance officers to attend the Committee thereon on Monday. 62
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Examination before him of Theop. Scott, boatswain of the Golden Cock, as to cordage received and used for rigging his ship; also account of what was delivered on board by Thos. Greene at Dover, March-May, 1653. 63, 64
" " Gens. Blake and Penn, Swiftsure, Ellen's Road. " Recommend Jos. Watson as cook in one of the new frigates, he having been servant to the late General Deane for 5 years. 65
" 18 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs To order the laying up the Tulip, and preservation of her tackle and stores 66
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. " As the Fortune has gone to sea, cannot do anything with the papers and interrogatories respecting Mr. Greene, until she returns. The lesser frigate building by Mr. Bayley will be launched on Friday, and a boatswain is required to look to the rigging. Noted that one is appointed. 67
" " Charles Taylor, surveyor, Bristol. " Desires two more surveyors besides himself to be appointed to examine the said frigate. Are in hand with the great frigate. 68
" 19 Capt. Jere. Smyth, Torington. " Received 17 boys from Watermen's Hall, and sends 5 of them as ordered; Capt. Stayner had 13 of the 100 pressed; unless ordered to remain for the rest, shall sail with the first wind. 69
" 20 Adm. Com. " To direct the victualling and manning of the Lizard prize fitting out at Plymouth 70
" " Gens. Blake and Penn, Swiftsure. Ellen's Road. " Send a petition and certificate, and desire they will satisfy for the damage sustained 71
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. " Desires order for Wm. Cooper, purveyor, to purchase some timber near Windsor, fit for building ships, which is wanted. 72
" " Fras. Baylie, Bristol. " Sent a certificate with Mr. Taylor's for payment of two bills of 300l. each, on account for building the smallest frigate, but only one was paid; as she will be launched next Friday; desires that the other bill for 300l., as also another since due, may be paid. Is in hand with the larger frigate, and sends bill for 300l. on account of her. 73
" " Thos. White, Dover " Having spent 180l. in repairing the State's ships, and only received 130l., desires payment of a bill of exchange for 30l. to John Edwards, the Dover post. The Cat, bound for Ireland, has been re-fitted, and the Pearl has come in to be tallowed and victualled. 74
" " Rich. Stayner, Plymouth. " Sends up two of the 14 boys received from Watermen's Hall as a specimen; if they cannot send better, they may keep them, and thus save the State's victuals. Will exchange the remainder for men taken out of merchant ships. 75
March 20 E. Hayward Account of old ships, boats, cables, and other stores [at Chatham] only fit for a public sale. There is also sufficient unserviceable canvas to make 3,000 hammocks. 76
" " Capt. And. Eburne, and two others, Tenth Whelp, Yarmouth. Navy Comrs Richard Williams, the steward, having embezzled all the money he could obtain, and run, asks a warrant for Josia Dunford, the mate, to succeed him; also orders to the victuallers to complete provisions, as specified, and beer for 60 men for 4 months. 77
" " Capts. Edm. Seaman, Gilb. Roope, and Stephen Marsh. Adm. Com. Petition for an order to the Navy Commissioners to state their accounts for payment, their merchant ships the Sampson, Mary, and Levant Merchant being taken up by the agent at Leghorn for the service. With reference to the Navy Commissioners. 78
" 21 Capt. John Godolphin of the William and Thomas. " To like effect, having served in the Straits with Capt. Badiley. With like reference 79
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs To contract for the purchase of 500 trees for the navy 80
" " John Sparrow, Prize Office. Adm. Com. Sends the names of 15 prize ships taken by Capt. Philip under letters of marque, and returned by the registrar of the Admiralty Court as subject to payment of 10ths. He has only returned 3 and paid but 17l. 81
" " Edw. Bellamy, Rich. Arnold. Robt. Blackborne. Recommends Wm. Ruddock for a cook's place on board the Bear at Woolwich 82
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs To state the accounts of Edw. Dennett, Lieut. of the Leopard, as also of the Bonadventure, for provisions and stores supplied while in the Straits. 83
" " Capt. Hen. Pack, Amity, Harwich. " Desires order for exchanging defective provisions, and will be ready to sail next Thursday 84
" " Capt. Robert Vessey, Fox, off Are, Chester Water. " Received Lord Cromwell on board in Dublin Bay, landed him at the point off Are this afternoon, and will return to Dublin the first wind. Received theirs, refusing to pay Mr. Windis the money disbursed for the frigate without order from the Admiralty Committee. Notices of ships. 85
" " Capt. Rich. Newdegate, Pearl, Dover " Sends muster-book of 86 men, Capt. Humphreys of the Nightingale having had 40 of the pressed men for the General. Came in to wash and tallow, but will be out to-morrow. 86
" " List of 13 soldiers belonging to Col. Pride's regiment who were absent on leave when prize money was paid, with particulars of their services. Amount due to them 7l. 13s. 4d. 87
" 22 Capt. Rich. Pettock, Hare Ketch. Robt. Blackborne Has been on the coast of Flanders, and meeting divers English prisoners from the Prosperous, Garland, &c., coming out of Holland, victualled them. Met two Dutch men-of war convoying some ships for Dunkirk and Calais, who chased and engaged with him, but left him. 88
" " Capt. John Clarke, Redriff. Col. Jno. Clarke. Recommends Jno. Kidd, clerk of the check in the Tulip, for employment in a new frigate of which Clarke is appointed commander. 89
" " Anth. Wells, London. Navy Comrs Asks payment of a bill for 170l, drawn on them in favour of Henry Wagstaffe, and long overdue 90
March 22 Ordnance Officers Navy Comrs Mr. Wath's cloth not being serviceable, have sent to Mr. Woolnough for 1,000 ells; desire a supply of deep canvas or hall cloth. 91
" " Adm. Com. " To inquire how soon 100 tons of brass metal for guns may be procured from Sweden 92
" " " " Send letter of Capt. Robt. Wilkinson of the Weymouth pink, Harwich, desiring a pinnace, which they are to furnish and send away. 93, 94
" 23 " " To supply the victualling ships attending the Fleet with stewards 95
" " " " To order a survey of the Cignet, and to examine an information about Mr. Furbanke, one of their clerks. 96
" " Thomas Adames, the Maidstone. " Is sorry to be compelled to take up more money, and desires 100l. may be paid to Joseph Haymore. Is waiting for a wind to go to Harwich. Sent to the captains of the Sparrow and Weymouth to lie off the Bar, but could not prevail with them. 97
" " Jas. Puckle, Yarmouth. " The guns, powder, &c., have arrived. The masts of the frigates are up, and all haste is being made, but the Yarmouth draws too much water to get her out. One of the frigates lying on the dogger bank has brought in a Dutch freebooter; Major Burton has received 2 bundles and 39 cwt. of hemp from Mr. Johnson of Newcastle. 98
" " Rich. Lyons, the Taunton, Portsmouth Harbour. Thos. Smith and Edw. Hopkins, Navy Comrs Asks a bill of imprest for 40l.; has only received 20l., and is designed for another voyage, if the peace with Holland is fully agreed upon; also for more men. 99
" " Col. John Barkstead, Tower. Navy Comrs Desires payment to Hen. Butler, impressed by him and Capt. Hatsell, on an Admiralty order of 3 June 1653, for carrying 126 foot soldiers of Col. Ingoldsby's regiment down to the Consent in the Lee Road. 100
" 24 Hump. White " Progress made in the new frigate building by Robt. Page; desires instructions about it 101
" " Samuel Windis, Liverpool. " Sends his wife up with receipts for money advanced to Capt. Robt. Vessey and Capt. Jones, and desires payment. 102
" " John Hardwine Bill for making and shipping a large lantern for Capt. Limbrey, total 12l. 16s. 6d. 103
" 25 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs To make out a bill for 40l. to Capt. Jno. Wadsworth, late commander of the Phœnix, for damage and loss by her being taken by the Dutch in the Straits. 104
" " " " To give order for providing victuals for 1,000 men at Portsmouth 105
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Has been on board the Dover, which is much damaged by falling over, but cannot say what is fit to be done until a survey is made. Desires a copy of the contract made with Mr. Castle. 106
" " " " " Sends a letter and depositions of the officers of the Dover before John Tippetts, master shipwright, and Chas. Thorowgood, master attendant at Portsmouth, as to the falling over of the Dover while hanging her rudder, and the getting her on shore at Church Wharf. The Dover, Essex, Kent, Taunton, and Foresight are in the harbour to repair and tallow. 107–110
March 25 Thos. Shewell, Bristol. Navy Comrs The smaller frigate is launched and her captain appointed, also Wm. Serjant as clerk of the check, but as his warrant is of ancient date, sends a copy that it may not be forgotten. 111
" " Capt. Mic. Nutton, Satisfaction, Milford Haven. " According to orders from Lord General Fleetwood, took in 3 months' victuals at Kinsale, and has been plying off the Irish coast, and as far as Galloway with the Greyhound. Philip Weedon, of Greenwich, formerly purser, has left, and Danl. Ellinor has been sent on board by the Lord General [Fleetwood] as steward. 112
" 26 Edm. Wormell, clerk of the check of the Portsmouth. " Sends two muster books. The state of the men and the ship is very good 113
" 27 Fras. Baylie, Bristol. " Launched the lesser frigate last Friday, and desires they will make out bills for the two instalments due. 114
" " Adm. Com. " To stop the pay of Capt. Fuller of the Cignet until further order 115
" " " " Send letter of Capt. Thos. Elliot, complaining of the delay in finishing the Fagons frigate building at Colchester, and desire they will hasten her despatch. 116, 117
" " Major Wm. Burton, Yarmouth. " Sends his account for money disbursed for the stores, and desires the return of his bills drawn on the treasurer, or some other discharge. Account of the stores. There is a balance of 19l. 9s. 6d. due to him thereon, besides other moneys advanced out of his pocket to the workmen, for which he will draw another bill. Asks what he is to allow per foot for building longboats, skiffs, &c. Desires they will send down the pumps, also some press warrants. With note that longboats from 30 feet upwards are 15s. a foot in length, from 14 to 30 feet, 14s., pinnaces from 25 to 30 feet, 10s., and skiffs from 20 to 24 feet, 7s. 118
" " Capts. Phil. Gethings and Thos. Adames, Harwich. " Have got both the frigates into Harwich, and are calking and refitting. Hope orders have been given for victuals; desire their accounts may be examined and passed before they put to sea. The hoy has arrived with the remainder of the stores. 119
" " Solomon Muttun List of 12 anchors made by him for the Navy, weighing from 1 to 33 cwt. 120
" 28 E. Salesbury? the Hampshire, St. Helen's Point. Mr. Turner Sends two muster books, and desires one may be sent to Mr. Hutchinson, the Navy treasurer 121
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs To make out a bill for 100l. to John Hooper, for a year's salary as clerk to the Ordnance Committee. 122
" " " " To make out a bill for 30l. 15s. 6d. to John Powell, and for 5l. 8s. to Hen. Nebley, messengers to the Admiralty Committee, for disbursements. 123
" " " " To enter Phineas Pett, assistant to the master shipwright at Chatham, for a salary of 70l. instead of 56l. 10s., 13l. 10s. being added in the last model of the committee of merchants for regulating the navy officers. 124
March 29 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs To make out a bill for 12l. to Phineas Pett, assistant to the master shipwright at Chatham, towards his charge of a house, and to consider whether he cannot be accommodated with one in the yard. 125
" " Robt. Orchard and Sam. Raven. " Certify that the Bear prize, rebuilt at Woolwich, is now afloat, and ready to take in provisions 126
" " Capt. Rich. Browne, Pembroke. Robt. Blackborne Delivered the orders to Capt. Peter Bourne and Capt. Taylor of the Lizard, and is waiting further commands. 127
" " Wm. Thew Adm. Com. Petition for a warrant as steward of the Gift. With certificate of Ralph Annesley, former steward, resigning the same in his favour, and certificates of Capt. Thos. Thompson, and 8 others, of his services in the Crow and Gift. 128–131
" " Isaac How " Petition to be lieutenant in the Unicorn; served as midshipman in the Fairfax, and sustained great loss when she was burnt. With certificate of Vice-Admiral Lawson in his favour. 132, 133
" " Ed. Watterman Navy Comrs Although bound to sea, his servants and men have been pressed, his ship left at random, and his business neglected, he being confined with sickness; desires order for clearing his boatswain, also pressed and sent on board the Victory. 134
" " Adm. Com. " To make out a bill for 56l. 5s. to Major Thos. Parsons, for disbursements in shipping 50 soldiers out of Col. Pride's regiment on board the Black Raven, and to deduct the same when the soldiers are paid. 135
" " " Having considered the differences at Chatham, referred to them by his Highness, order that Lawrence Wise succeed Mr. Adderley there as preacher, with the same salary and privileges. 136
" " " Navy Comrs To discharge Mr. Adderley, preacher to the Navy at Chatham, they having appointed Lawrence Wise in his place. 137
" " " Order that no person be admitted on board any ship or frigate in the service as chaplain without warrant, and that those already admitted cease officiating on 1 May, unless authorized. 138
" " " Navy Comrs To make out a bill to Jno. Merrick, master of the Harry Bonadventure, taken by the Dutch coming from Leghorn, for his and his 2 servants' wages and losses, and also for his wages while in the Vanguard, and deduct the amount from the freight of the latter. With certificate of Capt. Robert Swanley and Jno. Standen, surgeon, of their services. 139, 140
" " " " To make out bills for payment of 236l. 15s. 9d. to 5 officers and workmen named belonging to the armoury in the Tower. 141
" " Edw. Pateson, merchant of Plymouth. Adm. Com. Petition on behalf of poor ignorant widows, orphans, and relations of seamen slain, residing at Plymouth, for an order to the Navy Commissioners to grant tickets to him as their agent, for what is due to the deceased. With order to the Navy Commissioners to search their books, ascertain what is due, and grant bills for payment of arrears to Pateson, a good and conscientious man, and also certificates to the widows for any prize money due. 142, 143
" 30 E. Hayward, Chatham. Navy Comrs Thanks for their obtaining an augmentation of his salary; encloses the order and a bill, and desires directions to Capt. Pett, clerk of the check, to enter it upon the quarter books. 144
March 30 Sephen Skewes, Satisfaction, Pembroke. Adm. Com. Complains of his purser and steward, Philip Weedon of Greenwich, who not only insufficiently supplied the ship with provisions, but deserted, whereby he was put to much inconvenience in his voyage to Dublin. Was ordered to recruit at Kinsale, but forced into Milford, where Rich. Browne supplied bread and beer. Waits further orders. 145
" 31 Capt. Mich. Nutton, Satisfaction, Milford Haven. Robt. Blackborne. Has been forced in by contrary winds, and being in great want of bread and beer, not having time to take it up at Portsmouth, has procured some of Mr. Browne of Pembroke, and given him a bill, being bound for Kinsale, where he will take in 3 months' more. Lord Gen. Fleetwood has sent a steward on board, and the Greyhound is in his company. 146
" " Capt. Jos. Cubitt, The Portsmouth, Plymouth Sound. Adm. Com. Arrival and departure of ships. Has been 3 days getting out, and will lose no time in obtaining men and proceeding to his station. Some Brest men have taken two ships of Dartmouth with salt, in one of which he is interested. 147
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs To send a list of such ships and frigates in the service as are fitting out and are sheathed 148
" " " " To furnish the victualling ships fitting to attend the fleet with able officers, and send a list of their names, that commissions may be made out. 149
" " " " The warrant appointing Gabriel Davis, steward of the Martin, having been vacated through his non-attendance, he is not to receive any pay, and notice of his discharge is to be sent to the Victualling office. 150
" " " " To confer with the Ordnance officers and take such guns out of the Signet as are fit for the State, and sell the remainder, with the ship and her furniture, to the best advantage, and note of her ordnance. With appraisement, by Thos. Scott and Manlie Callis, and agreement by Geo. Kendall to give 350l. for her. 151–153
" " " Order that the stop on Capt. Fuller's pay be vacated 154
March ? List of 14 ships restored by decree of the Admiralty Court at Portsmouth, Plymouth, and Dover, between 20 Feb. and 31 Mar. 1654. 155
" Thos. Scott, Deptford Navy Comrs Received 40l. which is all laid out; as there are 2 frigates to be rigged, one at Ratcliff and the other at Limehouse, desires 100l. more. There is another ready to be launched at Maldon. 156