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

Date. From To Subject. References.
Vol. 84.
July 1 Geo. Tye, steward of the Pelican prize. Adm. Com. Petition for discharge; as the ship is to be victualled with only 40 men, his office would not suffice for his maintenance without dishonesty. 1
" " Major N. Bourne, Harwich. Navy Comrs Never received any cordage from Boston, and does not require any. Will send the victuals to Southwold for the frigate built at Walderswick. Will dismiss, as suggested, Wm. Ireland of the Taunton, and Dan. Gibbons of the Ruby. Particulars of ships. Desires to be advised if they advance any money to the surgeons or clerks of the check, so that the State may not suffer. 2
" " Capt. Nath. Rich Adm. Com. Recommends for employment Jeremiah Rich, who served under him two years, and has been in the engagements against the enemy. 3
" " Lieut. Wm. Phips, Paragon. " Received their order for bringing the ship up to Chatham to be sheathed, but the officers allege it is not needed. 4
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. " Received their warrant for Hen. Hassard to attend them, but he is very ill and not expected to live. 5
" " Capt. Thos. Adames, the Maidstone, Spithead. " Upon Lieut. Wynn's bringing the money on board for pay of the soldiers, sailed for Guernsey to receive them, and is now sending them on shore at Portsmouth. 6
" " Roger Baker, clerk of the check, Swiftsure, Spithead. Navy Comrs Sends two muster books. His ship and 5 others named are taking in their provisions. The Adventure has brought in a rich prize of 500 tons, with seeds, drugs, &c. Asks leave to attend them to receive the money disbursed for sick and wounded men, Comr. Willoughby being absent. 7
July 1 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to appoint one of their number and a master shipwright to meet Mr. Pett and the master shipwright of Chatham, to survey the Andrew and Unicorn in the Hope. 8
" " " " Order that on a computation sent of sails, cables, anchors, and other stores, as also the number of smiths, bricklayers, coopers, and glaziers required for General Penn's squadron about to go on foreign service, they be seasonably provided and distributed. 9, 10
" " " " Order to provide the above squadron with 10 tuns of water in iron bound casks for every 100 men, and Cheshire cheese, butter, vinegar, and cider, and to certify what sum will be required for purchasing Spanish wine abroad. 11
" " Mich. Hensley, the Taunton, Harwich. Col. [Clarke], Whitehall. Desires he will remember him to Capt. Hatsell, and procure him an appointment as master gunner or boatswain; is a lieutenant under Capt. Rich. Lyons; thanks for former favours at Scilly and Plymouth. 12
" " Wm. Sheldon Navy Comrs Cannot give any account of the Little President, as she came to Woolwich and was paid off in Jan. 1654, in Mr. Packwood's time. 13
" " Capt. Rich. Lyons, Harwich. Gens. Blake and Penn, Whitehall. After public exercise, started for London, and hopes to wait upon them to-morrow 14
" " Major N. Bourne, Harwich. Adm. Com. The frigates in port will be ready to sail to Hoseley Bay to-morrow, if their victuals arrive, and they would be able to procure more men there. Was ordered to send them to Portsmouth as they were ready, but hearing that it is intended to pay them in the Downs, will send them there, and supply them with such stores as can be had; care should be taken some other way for things named. Ordered the Red Hart pink to carry the victuals left by the Plymouth to the frigates in the Hope, to prevent waste. Cannot find the steward of the Taunton, but believes he shall soon cut that thread; the captain is coming up, and will further inform them. Notes of ships. 15
" " " " " Has sent up the Red Hart pink, with the provisions left by the Plymouth, and desired the captain to wait upon them for further orders; she would be useful in pressing men in the Swinn for the ships in the Hope. 16
" 3 Navy Comrs. " 200 tuns of Spanish wine will be required as a month's proportion for the fleet appointed for foreign service, and will cost 2,000l. Have given order for providing the cheese, butter, and vinegar. 17
" " " " The Indian and Hector at Woolwich being nearly ready to sail, desire officers may be appointed to them. 18
" " John Packwood, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Received their order for the speedy fitting out of the Indian and Hector prize and other ships, some of which will be ready to sail this week if officers are appointed to take in the provisions. The Princess Maria will sail to-day. 19
July 3 Capt. John Bourne, the Essex, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Hopes to be able to sail to Plymouth, with the Reserve and Gift, this week, but needs men; as the Sampson has more than her complement, desires the Nightingale may bring such as can be spared. Having several soldiers who desire to return to their colours on shore, asks whether to discharge them. 20
" " James Jenifer Col. Kelsey. Desires him to speak to General Penn on his behalf, as the General wrote that he was willing to employ him. 21
" " Col. Jo. Barkstead, Tower. Adm. Com. Has delivered the gold medals and chains received from Mr. Simons to Jno. Powell; their total weight was 385 oz. 4 dwts. 23 grains. 22
" " Jonas Poole, Swiftsure, Spithead. Navy Comrs Desires that his accounts of disbursements between Italy and England may be audited, and payment made of what is due; gave Chas. Longland and Capt. Badiley some of his receipts, to enable them to pass their accounts, and they have since been paid. 23
" " Navy Comrs., Gravesend. Adm. Com. Have been on board the Andrew, Unicorn, and Paragon, in the Hope, and have ordered them up to Chatham to be graved and sheathed, as they are only fit to remain at sea 8 or 10 months longer. 24
" " Navy Comrs., Navy Office. " Send two letters which came under cover directed to them, and were opened but not read. 25
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order, on certificates sent that Thos. Watson and Ralph Annerley served in the Fortune fireship as cook and boatswain's mate, to sign their tickets. 26–28
" " " " As the victualling ships in the river are not being refitted, notwithstanding the expedition required, and their casks and ballast are still aboard, desire an order to the navy victuallers to take out the casks, so that the ballast may be changed and the ships cleaned the next tide. 29
" " " " Order to make out bills to Charles Stannion, usher to the Admiralty chamber, Whitehall, for his quarterly salary at 40l. a year. 30
" " " " Order to discharge the Sun, lately come into the river, and turn 20 of her able men with their tickets over to the Gloucester. 31
" " " " Order—on a letter sent of Capt. Jno. Parker of the Truelove at Liverpool, asking for the victualler to supply him with 3 weeks' provisions, being bound for Dublin—that the victuals be supplied. 32, 33
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, Greyhound, Milford. Adm. Com. Has been plying on the Irish coast, but could only hear of one pirate, who has gone northward. Has come in for water and ballast, and will return to his station on orders from the Commissioners in Dublin. The information sent against him as to staying a ship near Kinsale was premature; she was discharged when found to belong to the Duke of Courland, and the master and merchant satisfied the Lord General, as also Capt. Gookin and Col. Townson, that they had not been wronged. 34
" " John Hooper Receipt for 8 guns and their furniture from the Portsmouth frigate, by order of Capt. Hen. Hatsell. 35
July 3 Wm. Greaves Navy Comrs Sends by order of Capt. Geo. Swanley the dimensions of the Harry Bonadventure, enlarged by him in 1644, also a note of the amount paid for her freight, wages, &c. 36, 37
" 4 Jno. Spiller, Portsmouth. " Sends two master books of the Gift frigate, and account of clothes supplied by Rich. Beresford, amounting to 87l. 8s. 38
" " Robt. Orchard, Woolwich. " There are 12 tuns of good beer on board the Gillyflower, but the casks want new hoops before transportation. 39
" " Jonas Shish " The deals on board the Samaritan, belonging to Mr. Corbet, will be very serviceable for the State. 40
" " Capt. Thos. Elliot, Fagons frigate. Adm. Com. Brought the frigate from Wivenhoe to Harwich, and will lay her on shore to wash and tallow 41
" " Capt. Roger Cuttance, Langport frigate, Downs. " Received the money on board, and will deliver it to the governor of Deal Castle 42
" " Edw. Smith, quartermaster of the Ruby. Deposition that Capt. Edm. Curtis, the commander, seeing the Report off the Isle of Wight, and wishing to speak with her, made sail, and in doing so, ran into her and sank her, with all her lading, rendering no help, and endeavoured to get deponent to sign a paper about it, which in conscience he could not do. 43
" " Major N. Bourne, Harwich. Navy Comrs Has removed the furnaces out of the hold of the Ruby and Diamond into the forecastle, and desires that two new iron hearths, some copper kettles, and a ton of black oakum may be sent for them into the Downs; wants 2 bales of Noyals canvas and 2 handsaws. Having had several suits of sails made, asks what is allowed for the workmanship and ropes. 44
" " Navy Comrs. Mr. Wells. Order to pay the surgeon of Capt. Sherwin. 3l. 10s. as a free gift, to recruit his medicine chest, and to send an account of what bills of exchange and imprest he has charged, and intends charging on the Navy Office. 45
" 5 Phineas Pett, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne. Repair of ships. Recommends the bearer for employment, having sent a certificate from himself and Capt. Taylor in his favour. 46
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Arrival and repair of ships. Desires the appointment of persons named as boatswain and carpenters for the Tulip and Falcon. Has surveyed some bad beef and beer on board the ships, and wishes some one was appointed to survey all the victuals, as well at Chatham as in the Hope. 47
" " " " Navy Comrs To the same effect. Will be able to furnish the Paragon and the 10 victuallers with the stores appointed, except anchors, longboats, and iron ware, which must be sent from London. 48
" " " " Robt. Blackborne Recommends Henry Thaxter as carpenter in the Tulip 49
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order that the Crow be laid up at Woolwich, her able seamen turned over to the Plymouth, and the rest paid off and discharged. 50
" " " " Order that the Success be sheathed and fitted as a victualler to go with the squadron, with 60 men and 24 guns. 51
July 5 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out bills for 30l. to Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, master attendant, and for 50l. to John Tippetts, master shipwright at Portsmouth, as a gratuity for extra work in fitting out ships last year. 52
" " Thos. Wilkes and Thos. Wright, Chatham. " Certificate that Thos. Waters served 7 years' apprenticeship for a gunner, and 10 years as gunner's mate and master gunner. 53
July 6 Capt. Joseph Cubitt, the Portsmouth, Portland. Adm. Com. Carried the money to Scilly, brought back 3 companies of foot with their wives and children, and has put them on shore. Those in the Falmouth will be landed to-morrow. Is returning to his station. 54
July 7 Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. " Expects Capt. Cubitt from Weymouth, where he landed the soldiers from Scilly yesterday, and will confer about ordering the ships and frigates westward. Arrival and condition of ships. 55
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. Arrival and departure of ships. Has ordered the victualler to supply 10 hogsheads of cider to each ship, the beer being bad. Will furnish the surgeon and clerk of the check of the Reserve with money on account of sick men. Will endeavour to procure pilots and seamen for the squadron. 56
" " Rich. Newdegate Pearl, Dover Road. Navy Comrs Sends a muster book. In sailing from Dover for Dunkirk, ran ashore through the carelessness of the pilot, but got safe off. Has brought back 10 sail under convoy from the Splinter. 57
" " Adm. Com. " Order for the Red Hart to be laid up at Deptford, the able seamen turned over to some other ship in the river, and the rest discharged. 58
" " " " Order on computation sent of stores required for the squadron of which the George is Admiral, that they be procured and distributed. 59, 60
" " Capt. John Bourne, the Essex, Plymouth Sound. Adm. Com. Arrival and departure of ships 61
" " Thos. Marryott, Katherine's goal. Col. Clarke Desires leave to attend the Council of State to answer what is laid to his charge. Has been examined by the Admiralty Court about things that he never had. As the ship has come in, his witnesses should be heard before the boatswain is cleared off, that the saddle may be set on the right horse. Has done much for the State, and deserved a better reward. 62
" " Capt. Edm. Thomson, the Advantage. Navy Comrs Received 30l. from Charles Walley, and sends account of 28l. 12s. 6d. expended thereout. Has all the provisions on board, and will sail to-morrow. 63
" " Major N. Bourne Robt. Blackborne. As there is a demur about the copper kettles and iron hearths, will send the ships to the Downs without them. Will attend the committee next week. 64
" " Abra. Pearce, the Essex, Plymouth Sound. Navy Comrs Sends muster book. Has only 5 months' provisions on board 65
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Repair of ships 66
July 7 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Sends the appraisement of the Nonsuch, and if they agree for her, desires a man may be appointed to take charge of her. 67
" " " " Navy Comrs The Andrew is launched and the Paragon sheathed; will get the long boats built for the victuallers. Hopes some strict course will be taken respecting the provisions sent to the Hope, as much is very unservicable, the beef bad for want of repacking, and not fit for foreign service. 68
" 8 " " Adm. Com. Repairs of ships. Recommends gunners, boatswain, and master for the Tulip and Falcon fireships. 69
" " Capt. Ja. Terry, Maldon. " Having got the Jersey down half a mile, will set her masts. Desires a lieutenant and chaplain may be appointed. 70
" " " " Navy Comrs To the same effect. Having spent the money he received in London, will draw a bill upon them next week. 71
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Lesser frigate, Beaumaris. Adm. Com. Has been plying on the coast of Ireland, Anglesea, and the Isle of Man. Met the St. Francis of Brest with her prize. 72
" " Capt. Wm. Ledgant, Little President, Milford. " Has been plying on his station, and although he has not met any of the enemy, many are expected here against Bristol fair. Having only 3 months' provisions, and the ship being very foul, will go for Plymouth, unless otherwise ordered. 73
" " Comrs. for Sick and Wounded, Little Britain. " Having received notice from Col. Berkstead that Charles Stamford, surgeon, had cured 10 wounded men, and deserved satisfaction, referred it to Wm. King, surgeon of Bartholomew's hospital, who reported that he deserved 20l.; recommend he be allowed 10l. 74
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Particulars of ships. Capt. Bourne of the Essex wants leave of absence for 2 months. Asks whether the Adventure shall convoy the French prize up the river. 75
" " Thos. White, Dover Navy Comrs Account of boats, cables, anchors, masts, &c. in the stores 76
" 9 Major N. Bourne, Ipswich. " Will endeavour to procure the extra stores, but cannot understand how ships appointed for such a design need more than ordinary stores; if the wind had served, they would have been in Hoseley Bay. Has drawn a bill on the Treasurer for 300l.; has much trouble to procure money to pay wages. Desires a surgeon may be sent to the Ruby in the Downs, also the iron hearths formerly demanded. 77
" " " " Adm. Com. Victualling, &c. of ships. Has taken depositions as to the embezzlements by Rich. Barnard, gunner of the Winsby, and as he is a wicked fellow, and boasts he gained the Lord Protector's order for his place, has secured him. List of stores in his charge found wanting. 78, 79
" " Capt. Robt. Blake, Hampshire, Hope. Robt. Blackborne. Recommends the brother of his former lieutenant to succeed him; he so served in the Hopeful, and was dangerously wounded in the engagements with the Dutch. The General having ordered his ship a supply of bread, and some more in the Downs, will sail this day. 80
July 10 Comrs. for Sick and Wounded, Little Britain. Navy Comrs Desire examination of the case of Joan, widow of David Roberts, surgeon of the Fortune, who was drowned when that ship was cast away; request that their clerks do not in future certify on such cases without their warrant. 81
" " Thos. White, Dover " Omitted in his last to mention two anchors that are at Deal. Has not received the 100l. on the bill he drew, and has since expended and drawn another for 163l. 2s. 9d. The Pearl has been to sea, proves tight, and sent for a supply of beer until her victualling is out. 82
" " Capt. Giles Shelley, the Colchester, Yarmouth. " Was promised a press warrant from Major Burton, and informed that no conduct money was now allowed, otherwise could have had 26 able seamen sent down. Is in great want of men, and there is not one in the town who will accept a quartermaster's place, the wages are so high for several places, and the few here are so affected with the North Seas, and frightened with the sheathing of frigates, that he cannot get a boatswain's mate. Wants a boat's crew sent, and will impress the rest, as all he has cannot man the boat to get men, and when gotten, they must watch to preserve the boat being stolen from the stern. 83
" " Ordnance officers " Desire they will order 3,150 ells of canvas and 20 cwt. of tallow from the stores, for the use of ships 85
" " " " Desire order to the storekeeper at Deptford to supply 30 tons of junk for ships 86
" " Capt. Wm. Cockraine, Old Warwick, Plymouth Sound. " On arriving with the vessel laden with shot, was ordered to convoy 5 vessels with corn to Ireland. At Kinsale, cleaned, and took in water, and returned with a Jerseyman. Some Scilly and Brest men-of-war have been seen between Cape Clear and the Old Head. Near the Land's End, 2 Brest men-of-war chased a Plymouth ship; saw and chased them for 5 hours, but being foul, could not get up to them, so returned, and convoyed the Plymouth ship home. Is coming in to clean, and wants a new bowsprit, after which he has orders from Capt. Cubitt to put to sea again.
" " Capt. John Bourne, the Essex, Plymouth Sound. Adm. Com. Will observe their and the Lord Protector's commands, and if the Nightingale arrives from Portsmouth, will immediately put to sea with his squadron. 87
" " Capt. Gabriel Sanders, Tiger, near Bredhempson. " Has been plying about, and searched several French fishers and all vessels of which he had any suspicion, but found nothing of moment; having instructions from Vice-Admiral Lawson, has ordered other ships to ply in the neighbourhood, and will ply himself between Newhaven and Beachey. Sends the confession of murder of Jno. Baldock, one of his company, whom he has secured; but it is a matter to be tried in the place where it was committed. 88
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs To appoint Thos. Shorting surgeon of the Bridgewater or Indian 89
" " " " Order to make out a bill to Capt. Robt. Swanley, and the rest of the owners of the Harry Bonadventure, for 2,796l. 16s. 7d. due for her freight, abating what has already imprested to them on account 90
" " Capt. R. Haytubbe and 3 other officers of the Little Charity. Adm. Com. Recommend John Sayer, cook's mate, as cook instead of Thos. Jecklin, who desires to be discharged through illness. 91
" " Jeffery Winchurst and Nich. Bradley. Navy Comrs Having orders to make some anchors, and there being a parcel of paumes at Woolwich not in use, beg to purchase them. 92
July 10 Capt. Wm. Serjeant, Islip, Chester Water. Navy Comrs Has received the 4,000l. and more on board, with Commissary Fowler; there are 3 vessels laden with biscuit and cheese which he is to convoy for Scotland. Has three months' victuals and 90 men, and will sail with the first wind. 93
" 11 Capt. Jno. Sherwin, Primrose, Hull Adm. Com. Sends a survey made by James and Wm. Blaydes of the defects in the Duchess; particulars of those in the Primrose. Will be ready for sea the end of the week if the victuals timely arrive. 94, 95
" " " " Navy Comrs To the like effect. Also received orders for 3l. 10s. for 4l. 5s. and 4l. 15s. from Mr. Wells for recruits of medicine, &c., and encloses the bills. The Duchess is not fit to proceed to her station until repaired. 96–98
" " Capt. Edm. Smith, Hull. Adm. Com. Has hauled the Duchess on shore to find out her leaks, and as she is much worm eaten and otherwise defective, desires order respecting her. 99
" " Capt. Thos. Penrose, Nonsuch, Falmouth. " Took a ship of Havre de Grace bound for Nantes, with tobacco, sugar, and indigo, delivered her to Mr. Jennings, sub-commissioner for prizes at Falmouth, and is returning to his station. Has brought in several prizes, but no shares have been paid to the seamen; desires an order to Mr. Jennings to pay them what is allowed by the Act. 100
" " Rich. Vinson, Plymouth. Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Exeter. The Portsmouth has brought in a French banker of Newhaven, laden with fish, much torn in the fight; the Constant Warwick chased 7 others that were in her company, Capt. Potter taking two more. The Nonsuch has sent in another of Newhaven with sugar, which belonged to Mr. Opey, and was taken from him by the Dutch. Particulars of ships. 101
" " Major N. Bourne, Harwich. Navy Comrs Has furnished frigates named with extra stores, and ordered the victuallers to supply water casks; desires that masts, oars, and pitch may be sent them in the Downs; the paymaster should have notice of their going there, and have their books in readiness. 102
" " John Hempson His brother. The steward of the Entrance has received victuals for 220 men for 28 days, and his necessary and half fish money is due to him for that time. 103
" " Capt. Thos. Vallis, Expedition, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Has had his ship cleaned and ballasted. Put some men on board the Royal James prize, taken by Capt. Beach, and after she is repaired, will convoy her to Portsmouth. Has received 11 tuns of beer, and when the remainder arrives, will sail. 104
" " Capt. Jos. Cubitt, the Portsmouth, Plymouth Sound. " Particulars of proceedings since leaving Portland. Spoke 4 Hollanders from Brazil, having the Dutch governor and many women and children; also Robt. Brookes of London from Rochelle, who reported that they had lately killed a Protestant minister, which has bred much discontent in those parts. Met 9 French bankers with fish, and made 3 or 4 strike their ensign, after which one fired on him; followed and took her, and has brought her in, much damaged in the fight. 105
" " " " Gens. Blake and Penn. To the same effect 106
" " Capt. Abra. Algate, Drake, Bideford. " Particulars of his proceedings in plying about the coast to secure trade. A Frenchman took 3 English vessels, plundered them, and made their commanders compound for their restoration, at from 30l. to 40l. each. Has come in, and desires order as to going to Plymouth to clean and victual. 107
July 11 John Thomas, Mayor of Bideford, Thos. Horwood, Mayor of Barnstaple, and the Inhabitants. Adm. Com. Thanks for appointing Capt. Algate of the Drake to guard their coast, as he has retaken and rescued divers vessels taken by a Brest frigate, chased a pirate for 2 hours, and would have taken her if his ship had not been so foul. He has orders to go to Plymouth to clean and revictual, and his absence may be dangerous; desire that it may be done at Bideford or Barnstaple, as it can be done as effectually and cheap there as elsewhere. With reference thereon 14 July to the Navy Commissioners, to confer with the victuallers about supplying the Drake at or near Barnstaple. 108, 109
" " Henry Maber, clerk of the check. Navy Com. Has had the ship on shore to be trimmed, but with little effect, she being so much eaten by worms that a man can see daylight in the hold. All the men are willing to do service in a ship that is serviceable. 110
" 12 Capt. Roger Cuttance, Langport, Downs. Adm. Com. Having received 50 seamen from the Cock, by order of Vice-Admiral Lawson, desires leave to retain them, as he is 50 short of his complement. 111
" " Capt. John Bourne, the Essex, Plymouth. Mr. Blackborne. Has dispatched the Milbrough and Paul to the Sound, and upon the arrival of the Nightingale, will sail with his squadron, and improve his utmost in this expedition. 112
" " Capt. Rich. Stayner, London. Adm. Com. Wants boatswain's stores for the Catherine, being commanded on board by General Blake. 113
" " Capt. Anth. Earning, the Bridgewater, Hope. " Has only 130 men and boys on board; the ships coming up are stripped of men before they arrive, and those coming down have protection for their men; has sent up his lieutenant for further commands. 114
" " Commrs. for Sick and Wounded, Little Britain. Navy Comrs Send the papers relating to Jane, widow of David Roberts, late surgeon of the Fortune fire ship, which was cast away; as one of them has been mutilated, and gives occasion to suspect indirect dealings, desire their reconsideration thereof. 115
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Has had a survey made of the provisions in the stores, and hopes to be able to supply the cables, sails, &c. required. The Portland has arrived from Plymouth for repairs; the Lily being cast away, her men have applied for some gratuity for the loss of their clothes. Asks orders therein, also some press warrants. Peter Fowle, a seaman residing in Katherine's Lane, should be arrested for stealing the Dover's boat. 116
" " " " Adm. Com. Transferred 40 men from the Sampson to the Nightingale, and she has since sailed for Plymouth. The ships at Portsmouth want 6 or 700 men to complete their number; 100 might be taken out of the Hound and distributed. The Maidstone has landed her soldiers and gone for the Downs. The provisions are very defective. 117
" " Wm. Wilkinson, captain, and Robt. Alexander, carpenter of the Exchange. Depositions that being in company with 2 other ships between the Isle of Wight and Portland, they were chased by two of the State's frigates, and had a narrow escape of being sunk. 118
July 12 Capt. Anth. Tucker, Entrance. Certificate that Nath. Noyes, his surgeon, having had several sick men, has spent all his allowance and medicines; also that the 6 months' victuals are exhausted. 119
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Repairs and furnishing of ships 120
" 13 " " Adm. Com. Arrival, repair, and departure of ships named 121
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to take a bill of sale from Capt. King, and the other owners of the Nonsuch ketch, and make out a bill to them for 280l., she being required for the State. With her appraisement at 334l. 10s. 122, 123
" " " " " Order to furnish John Carter, appointed steward of the Swiftsure, with necessary instructions. 124
" " " " " Order to the Nonsuch ketch to attend the squadron of which the George is Admiral 125
" " " " " Send the names of 8 ships arrived in the Downs, and as two want victuals, have ordered one to Dover, and the other to Chatham, and desire they may be supplied. 126
" " Thos. Davies, clerk of the check, Gainsborough Frigate. Major Gen. Desborough Desires protection from the ill treatment of Capt. Robert Taylor, arising from his having reported several speeches made by Taylor's favourite, Mr. Bradley, against Government, which being proved before a court-martial, Bradley was ordered to be removed from the ship. 127
" " Capt. H. Maddison, Mary Prize, Tynemouth. Adm. Com. Has been cruising on his station, but did not meet with any of the enemy, although he heard two French men-of-war were upon the coast; wants a boat having lost the other. Noted that he is to come home with the next fleet of colliers. 128
" " Capt. Robt. Mill, the Falmouth, off the Lizard. Gen. Robt. Blake. Has been plying between the Lizard and the Dudman, and searched several ships and vessels for persons suspected to be enemies, but did not find any. Met 4 Hollanders from Brazil, who had the General of Brazil and the Lords on board, and who spoke well of the Portuguese. Also met a Brest man-of-war with a collier taken prize, and released her. His lieutenant left him at Weymouth when he landed the soldiers. 129
" " Thos. Brookes Lieut. Col. Kelsey. Recommends Geo. Tye, late steward of the Pelican prize, for employment. He is of good repute and has served the State 7 years. 130
" 14 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Major Rich. Elton of Hull for 7l. for himself and Capt. Geo. Brooke, for conveying packets for the service of the State. 131
" " " " " Order for refitting the Merlin at Dover, she being appointed to attend the squadron commanded by the George. 132
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Recommend Jeremy Rich for employment as clerk of the check 133
July 14 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Gave a warrant as ordered to John Hawes as steward of the Dolphin, and find they have appointed John Gaspy; beg they will find Gaspy some other employment or recall the first order. 134
" " Robt. Blackborne, Whitehall. Navy Comrs The Admiralty Committee, being dissatisfied with John Hawes, have appointed John Gaspy steward of the Dolphin. 135
" " John Hawes Col. John Clarke, Adm. Comr. Petition for a hearing before him or the Admiralty Commissioners on an accusation against him. Has served 20 years, and on the late change from stewards to pursers, was set down for the Dartmouth, and had a certificate from the mayor and magistrates of Portsmouth. Noted, "a base fellow, so reported by many." 136
" " " " Adm. Com. Petition to be purser on the new frigate. Has been purser on many ships since the difference between King and Parliament, but last Feb. was unable to serve on the Convert, being ill. 137
" " Stephen Trevell, curator to the 5 children of Capt. Thos. Salmon, of the Gift. " Petition for leave to seize and receive Salmon's goods, wages and prize money, he being slain in the engagement with the Dutch. With reference to the Navy Commissioners to give order accordingly. 138
" " Robt. Blackborne, Whitehall. Navy Comrs To grant a press warrant to the Lieutenant of the Lyme for seamen in the west 139
" 15 Capt. John Bourne, the Essex, Plymouth Sound. Adm. Com. Has been waiting for the Nightingale from Portsmouth, but will sail for the Start to-morrow, with the Essex and 4 others. 140
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Captain Limbery having come down, hopes obstacles detailed as to victualling the ships will be removed. The Nightingale has been detained by foul weather, but sailed on Thursday, and the Convert with her hoy to-day for her former station. The Adventure is also ready to sail with the French prize. 141
" " Col. Jno. Barkstead, Tower. Navy Com. Recommends Robert Lawrence and Robt. Watts, soldiers in his company, for the 11 months' pay due to them for serving in the Little Charity. 142
" 17 Adm. Com. " Desire that the squadron, of which the George is the Admiral, be supplied with the stores ordered with all expedition. Are surprised at the backwardness of the Success and Hector. 143
" " " " " Order to make out a bill to Thomas Shewell for 24l. 12s. 11d. for shovels and packages 144
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. Robt. Blackborne. Hopes the members elected in the West will be competent for the great work to which they are called. The Nightingale has arrived, and Capt. Browne is only waiting for a wind. Capt. Heaton has also come in. Blackborne's brother is well, and will write him to-morrow. 145
" " Capt. Robt. Sansum, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has sailed with the prize for the Downs, but as his frigate is very foul, and a bad sailer, desires order for washing and tallowing. 146
July 17 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. There are great complaints of the badness of the beer on board the Dover, Laurel, and Torrington, and as the great brewhouse is not able to supply more from want of water, and the other two in the town will not brew above 100 tuns a week, fears the work will drive heavily, and for want of the beer, the dry provisions and other stores cannot be stowed. 147
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. " Will send the Nonsuch to her station as directed. Capt. Bourne was forced back by foul winds, the Paul having cracked her maintopmast. The Nightingale and Old Warwick have come in, the latter to repair and victual. 148
" " Capt. John Bourne, the Essex, Plymouth Sound. Navy Comrs Sailed to the Start with his squadron, but the weather being thick, returned to the Sound, to meet the Nightingale; her victuals and water having miscarried, she had to be supplied. Will put to sea again with the first wind. 149
" " Jas. Moodie, clerk of the check, the Winsby, Harwich. " Could not send the muster book, through the proceedings for embezzlement taken against the gunner, who has been sent to the General in the Downs for trial. 150
" " Major Wm. Burton, Yarmouth. Adm. Com. The Yarmouth and Bason are at Harwich, ready for employment. Has sent there 50 tons of cordage and 10 of iron, and as soon as the Colchester is dispatched, will wait upon them. 151
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" 18 Major N. Bourne " Desires payment of 32l. for travelling expenses to and from Harwich, Yarmouth, and other places about removing the sick and wounded, to save the public charge; also for surveying the frigates building upon the coast. Also consideration for extra expenses in keeping a table whilst at Harwich from Sept. to Dec. 1
" " Navy Comrs. " The Mary, Wildman, and Hope victuallers having been sent in by the Generals; ask directions as to their disposal. 2
" " Capt. John Clarke, the Selby, Hope. " Particulars of an assault committed on some of his officers by the company of the King Ferdinando, when they went on board to execute a press warrant. 3
" " Capt. Thos. Vallis, Portsmouth. " The Sorlings having been manned and fitted, has convoyed her to Portsmouth and desires orders, also boatswain's stores. She was formerly called the Royal James, and was taken by Capt. Potter from Capt. Beach. 4
" " Capt. Jos. Cubitt, the Portsmouth, Plymouth Sound. " Cruising westward, met the Constant Warwick, and with her assistance, took 8 bank fishing boats of 3 and 4 guns each, laden for Newhaven. Thinks the Constant Warwick is at Torbay with 6 of them. Will put to sea again when refitted and his men returned. 5
" 19 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Sends account of sails and stores which may be spared if needed. Beach's vessel has arrived from Plymouth, much tattered, and will require great expense. Desires he will inform Mr. Payler that they are selling guns at 15s. per cwt. 6
" " Cap. Jonathan Hide, Hound, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. As his frigate is designed for some other service when fitted, desires removal into another. 7
July 19 Jas. Clarke, Lynn Navy Comrs The ships refused to take in the cables contracted for, on account of their bulk, there being 14, weighing 21½ tons, but has now shipped them on one belonging to Godfrey Browne of Lynn, which is waiting for a wind. 8
" " Vin. Gookin, Crockham Pill. Adm. Com. On coming to Bristol, found much division between the officers and company of the Mayflower; inquired into the causes; the boatswain being guilty of drunkenness and neglect of duty, and the surgeon at open variance with the captain and mutinous, has discharged them, and will send further particulars. 9
" " Navy Comrs. Order on orders given of the Admiralty Committee, of 13, 17, and 18 July, that Capt. Geo. Deakins have his pay as occassional Rear-Admiral of the White; Capts. Wm. Goodson and Jos. Jordan, as occassional Vice-Admirals of the Blue and Red; and Capt. John Stoakes, as occasional Rear-Admiral of the Blue. With note from Stoakes that he had an order from the Generals for wearing a flag from 15 Dec. 1653 to 8 July 1654. 10–12
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for 100 cwt. of tallow for the squadron, of which the George is Admiral 13
" " " " Order for turning over the seamen in the Hope, Marie, and Wildman, to the George and Andrew, the ships to be laid up at Woolwich or Deptford. 14
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby Portsmouth. Adm. Com. The Expedition and Sorlings have arrived for orders, having been repaired at Plymouth, and the Falmouth has returned to her station. Is doing his best to furnish the brewhouses with water to make the beer required. 15
" " Col. John Barkstead, Tower. Navy Comrs Asks an order to Mr. Dove, master of the Tredagh, to deliver up a ticket to Wm. Williamson, a soldier in his company, that he may receive his pay for 4 months' service in the 10th whelp. 16
" " John Faulkener and Rich. Poulter, Ordnance officers. " Want 1,000 ells of canvas for supply of the navy stores at Portsmouth 17
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Particulars of the repair and launching of ships. Is hastening the stores to the ships in the Hope. 18
" " " " Navy Comrs To the same effect. Wants 10 or 20 loads of standards, the victualling ships being very weak. 19
" 20 " " " As the Unicorn and Convertine will sail to Queenborough to-morrow by Gen. Blake's order, desires the victuallers may be sent with the provisions. Having received 100 tons of beer out of several ships, has sent a portion to Gravesend, to serve again; being offered 15s. a ton for the remainder, asks directions. 20
" " Capt. Geo. Crapnell, Dover. " Has brought the Merlin into Dover Pier to be refitted; she needs a forecastle for the safeguard of the ship and her men. 21
" " Capt. Ben. Sacheverell, Pearl, Dover Pier. " Will hasten the refitting of his frigate, but wants instructions, and a supply of stores mentioned, which Mr. White cannot furnish without an order. 22
July 20 Thomas White, Dover. Navy Comrs The Pearl and Marlin having come in, desires orders as to their repairs. They will want sails, which may be had with ropes and lines at 19½d. per yard, some flags at 9d. and cordage at 36s. per cwt. Sends account of stores which be cannot obtain. 23
" " Capt. Robt. Mill, the Falmouth, off Plymouth. Adm. Com. Received their order at Falmouth, and will go to Portsmouth with all haste 24
" " Major Wm. Burton, Yarmouth. Navy Com. The Colchester is ready to sail, but wants anchors, and as those and the chain pumps long since promised have not arrived, and he is much pressed for money, will have to send her to Harwich with what she has. 25
" " Navy Comrs. Robt. Smith. Warrant to pay the daily allowance of 1s. to sick and wounded seamen under the care of Thos. Biggs, surgeon, at Deptford. 26
" " Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, Weymouth. Adm. Com. Is guarding the fishermen, some of whom have gone home laden, and others have arrived from Yarmouth on their second voyage. As he will be out of victuals in a fortnight, will then sail for Yarmouth Roads. Several Holland men-of-war have passed for Brass Sound, Shotland. 27
" " Rich. Hutchinson and E. Hopkins, Navy Comrs., Deal. Adm. Com. There are only here 8 ships that were to be paid off, and unless those in the river are hastened, shall be much delayed, and many men lost, as they have already commenced to run. The workmen at Chatham yard should be paid, as they are very pressing, and say they cannot get any further credit in the town. 28
" 21 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " The Unicorn and Convertine have sailed for Queenborough as ordered by General Blake; will send on their victuals. The Maidstone has come in; asks if she is to be sheathed. 29
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for an account of all bills charged on the Navy Treasurer since 1 March last 30
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. Robt. Blackborne. Sent to the Falmouth on the station to come into Portsmouth, but she had gone westward by order of the Admiralty Committee. The Warwick pinnace has brought in a French prize, with 50 tons of corn. The 8 prizes taken by the Portsmouth and Constant Warwick are at Dartmouth and Portsmouth. Capt. Bourne has again put to sea, having been twice forced back by contrary winds. P.S. The prize was going from St. Malo to Bayonne. The Court of Admiralty should order sale of bulky and perishable goods. 31
" " " " Col. Jno. Clerke. To the same effect. Wonders the Portland wants sheathing, it having been done lately. More of that work is done at Plymouth than Portsmouth. Has sent to the Nonsuch about the Chester service, and expects her with the first wind. Several bankers have been taken and sent to Dartmouth and Portsmouth, and the Prize Commissioners have orders to unload their fish, but it would sell 10 per cent, better if it was sold from the ships than from cellars, beside the expense of landing it. 32
" " Thos. Scott, Deptford. Navy Comrs Received 40l. for payment of soldiers working on board the State's ships at 1s. 5d. a day, but as it is not sufficient, desires another bill for 40l. Will send the account for setting the masts of the Tredagh and Newbury, which may be considered dear, but the seamen's wages are great. 33
July 21 Capt. Robt. Mill, the Falmouth, Weymouth. Adm. Com. Received their order at Pendennis, and will hasten to Portsmouth with the first wind 34
" " Capt. Thos. Adames, Chatham. " Has come in by order of the Vice-Admiral to be refitted, and will use all expedition, but the greatest trouble will be to keep his men. 35
" " Capt. John Sherwin, Primrose, Whitebooth Road, Humber. " The delay in fitting the Duchess arose from want of carpenters, and her defects could not be discovered until she was hauled on shore; Capt. Smith will lose no time in proceeding with her to Deptford; will sail himself the next tide with a convoy of provisions for the army. 36
" " John Burton, steward, and the officers of the Rosebush. Adm. Com. Charge Capt. Valentine Tatnell with running from a Brest man-of-war, receiving money for acting as a convoy to other ships, taking wine and money from others by force, and going on shore and leaving his vessel in danger of being surprised by the enemy. Also with assaults, putting men on shore, receiving more pay than was due, and appropriating stores belonging to his shipmen, and to prizes taken. With notes of examinations thereon. 37, 38
" 22 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. [Robt. Blackborne.] Desires that the gratuities ordered by the Admiralty Committee to 4 decayed gunners and a boatswain named may be paid to Maurice Jones. 39
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. The Falmouth having arrived, asks if she is to be sheathed. The Centurion and Capt. Gethings came in from the Downs, and sailed for the west. Is promised a supply of beer next week, and then hopes to perfect all other wants. 40
" " John Bradford, storekeeper, Andrew Fingston, Wm. Tatnam, gunners, Pendennis. Account of deficiencies in weight in 215 barrels of powder, part of 300 delivered into the stores by Rich. Blackwall of the Sarah of Plymouth, total 1,588 lbs. 41, 42
" " Richard Robinson Adm. Com. Petition for his arrears of pay for services in the White Raven, taken by the Dutch, when he was set on shore at Holy Island, with the loss of all he had. With reference thereon to the Navy Commissioners. 43
" " Capt. Isaiah Blowfield, Convert, Brighthelmstone Bay. " Having been tallowed and refitted for 3 months, has returned to his station by order of the Generals. The Seahorse hoy, employed as a scout along the bay, has been to Portsmouth for a new mast, and to be revictualled. 44
" " Capt. Thomas Wilkes, Discovery, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne. Asks a warrant appointing Walter Larder boatswain, in place of John Ketcherill resigned through illness. Is refitting the ship with all speed. 45
" " Robert Humphreys, steward's mate, Pelican. Note that the ship has been hauled on shore, washed, and tallowed, and victualled for 16 days 46
July 22 Capt. Wm. Ledgant, Little President, Severn. Gen. Wm. Penn. Being forced into Milford by extremity of weather, has been offered some provisions by Mr. Browne the victualler; the country much desire a convoy for their ships by reason of the Bristol Fair, pirates being very busy abroad; asks whether he shall ply about there, or go to Plymouth to revictual. 47
" " " " Adm. Com. To the same effect 48
" " Lieut. Jno. Atwill, Exeter. " Being in company of the Constant Warwick, off the Lizard took 8 French sail with fish from Newfoundland, but after manning them, lost in a storm all but one, which he brought into Weymouth, and delivered to Capt. Jno. Arthur and Hen. Waltham, sub-commissioners for reprisals. Will now hasten with his men to their ship at Plymouth. 49
" " " " Gens. Desborough, Blake, and Penn, Whitehall. To the same effect. Signature torn off 50
" " Chr. Grosse, Lizard point. Capt. Wm. Mildrum. Sends in a small vessel laden with salt and empty casks, the first he has taken; 2 others got away. The beer is bad, the casks not being full. Dent is master under Capt. Adames. 51
" " Capt. Robt. Mill, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has come in according to order received at Falmouth, and is taking out his guns 52
" " Anth. Wells, Hull Navy Comrs Cleaned and dispatched the Duchess for London, as she proves unserviceable, and the Primrose for Scotland. Will send up his accounts, but has already drawn bills to the amount of 1,811l. 12s. 4d., and wants another 100l. which he cannot obtain. 53
" " " " " Sends a bill for 100l. due to Rich. Allen, grocer, for fitting out the said frigates 54
" " Wm. Woodward, vintner, London. Geo. Reeve, Maidstone, Kent. Bond in 200l. for discharge of the duties of John Huddleston of the Paragon, gunner 55
" " Capt. Thos. Pointer, Sovereign, Downs. Navy Comrs Orders having come to send in the Sovereign and James, would have sailed had the pilot come; will sail on Monday. Hopes contentment in any condition, but begs now to be thought upon, as the ant provides in summer for the winter. 56
" 23 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " Condition, arrival, and departure of ships. Has sent away two pilots for the Sovereign and James. 57
" " " " Adm. Com. To the same effect 58
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne. Begs his assistance in reserving one of the medals for his son Joseph Taylor, who served as commander in the Unity, Adventure, and Exchange, in 3 great fights with the Dutch in June and July, and was removed by General Monck into the Mayflower. Having gone to Russia in his own ship, he could not apply for it himself. 59
July 23 Capt. Gabr. Sanders, Tiger, Brighthelmstone. Adm. Com. Sent account of proceedings on his station, and the confession of Jno. Baldock. Has since searched Dutch and other ships from France and elsewhere, but found nothing of importance. Encloses account by J. Senior, his clerk of the check, of the condition and wants of the ship, and desires order therein, as also whether he shall send to Portsmouth for his proportion of beer. 60, 60a.
" 24 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for the Hope to be graved and fitted for service 61
" " Major Wm. Burton, Yarmouth. " Has supplied the Colchester with anchors, and will send one by her for the Bason frigate at Harwich; they need only send the chain pumps. Is glad all the frigates have got out of the haven without damage. 62
" " Thos. White, Dover " Account of stores required for the Pearl and Merlin frigates 63
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Sends amended accounts for stores delivered. Business is much hindered through the defect in the beer; desires they will remind the victuallers to put 10 iron hoops on each butt instead of 6; more bread is required; wants two dozen compasses. The new frigate is nearly ready to launch; wants her masts and anchors sent down. Mr. Leverland has received 1,400 tons of the Swedish iron, which will cost the State 19l. a ton besides duty. Asks what they pay Mr. Ingram for nails. 64
" " Capt. Joseph Cubitt, the Portsmouth, Plymouth Sound. Adm. Com. In the late scuffle with the fish bankers, was forced to make use of his prisoners to man his ship, being only allowed 130 men, including sick and wounded; this has not only made him but the enemy sensible of our weakness, and as he desires to avoid shame to himself and dishonour to his country, suggests that it would be better to send out fewer ships, but well manned. Proposals thereon. Asks directions as to answering salutes from the Dutch. Having neglected his private affairs, begs to retire, as peace is now concluded with the potentest enemy at sea. 65
" " E. Hopkins and Rich. Hutchinson, NavyComrs., Dover. Navy Comrs Tower Hill. Have paid most of the ships that were in the Downs, and expect on their return thither to meet the remainder of the squadron. Major Bourne will now be with them and inform them of the wants of the ships. Hope a seasonable supply, as well as hearths for the Ruby and Diamond. Directed Mr. White to supply and dispatch the Pearl and Merlin, but the surgeons and clerks of the check will want what he cannot furnish. Desire he may be ordered to pay them some money. Particulars of the gunners' wants for Mr. Payler. 66
" 25 Rich. Hutchinson and E. Hopkins, Deal. Adm. Com. Have paid off 9 ships at Deal, and as the Sovereign and James are gone up the river, desire order for their payment at Chatham, and for paying the workmen there. Will leave their clerks to pay off the others as they come in. 67
" " Capt. Roger Alsop Major-Gen. Desborough. Recommends John Weale, purser, for employment under General Blake 68
July 25 Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Departure of ships to their stations. The prizes are gone to Dartmouth. Recommends a reduction of the guns and men in the Old Warwick now being cleaned; some of the men might be added to the Constant Warwick. 69
" " Rich. Dermott, Tranmere, Liverpool Water. Navy Comrs Mustered the men on board the Satisfaction, and sends a list, but the captain and other officers being on shore, could not obtain any sea books. The ship is insufficiently manned, and the duties irregularly performed; some severe course should be taken to prevent men deserting, &c. Asks payment of money advanced to the Paradox and others, but will not advance any more. 70, 71
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. " " Wants the masts from Portsmouth, having had to purchase some at Dartmouth at a high rate. Several ships have been refitted, supplied with stores, and gone to their stations; sends an account. Will settle the stores and pay off some debts before leaving, and charge the money upon the Navy Commissioners. 72
" " Edmond Edgar, shipwright, Yarmouth. Adm. Com. Petition for and order to the Navy Commissioners to pay him an overplus for building two frigates. Signed an agreement to build two 104 and 105 feet long and 33 feet wide, and after framing and raising them, the Navy Commissioners sent a contract altering them to 100 feet long and 31 wide, and because they exceed the contract, decline to allow him any more without order. With reference to the Navy Commissioners, and their report that the petition is true, and that there was a combination between the shipwrights, as they would not contract until Edgar led the way, and he therefore saved the State's money. The contracts for building the Kentish and Sussex were signed by him after the dimensions were agreed upon. 73, 74
" " List of 8 ships fitting out at Deptford and 6 at Woolwich, with account of provisions on board, and what is further required. 75
" 26 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to send back to the Downs such provisions lately received from the fleet as are good 76
" " " " Order not to enter more officers on the victualling ships appointed for the squadron setting forth than mentioned in a list given. 77
" " " " Order to impress 150 watermen to serve in getting the victualling ships into the Hope 78
" " Miles Dixon " Begs to resign his appointment as steward of the Tulip, as the remuneration is not sufficient 79
" " Capt. Joseph Ames, Winsby, Harwich. Adm. Com. The Newcastle and 3 others have sailed from Hoseley Bay, and as soon as his two anchors have arrived from Ipswich, will repair to the fleet in the Downs. Wants 80 men. 80
" " Capt. Robt. Mill, Portsmouth. " Begs the command of the ship lately belonging to Capt. Beach; has served 14 years, been wounded in the engagements with the Dutch, and being married, is not fit to continue in the Falmouth, now that she has been made a fireship. 81
" " Major N. Bourne, Navy Office. Jno. Davies, storekeeper, Deptford. Request to supply the Arms of Holland with stores for rigging, &c., she being ordered for service. With note by Davies 28 July to Thos. Smith, Navy Comr., that he is unable to comply for want of the stores required. 82
July 27 Thos. White, Dover Navy Comrs The Bryer, Pearl, and Merlin having been cleaned and fitted, asks what provisions are to be put on board. 83
" " Wm. Ligon Ed. Winslow. Asks that Lewis Pelsent, aged 17, pressed out of a coal ship and put on board the Taunton, may be set at liberty, as he is the chief support of his mother. 84
" " Edm. Winslow, Goldsmiths' Hall. Navy Comrs To the same effect 85
" " Capt. Giles Shelley, the Colchester, Yarmouth Roads. " Is lying there to press men, and will go to Harwich to victual. Hears the Morning Star, which he took when commanding the Waterhound, has been condemned and offered for sale. She had 36,000l. in money, besides Spanish wools and other goods, yet she would have got clear off but for his evidence before the Admiralty Court, and yet he was none the better for her. Desires leave to attend them to receive his medal; has fought in all the engagements, and has resolved to make one in the present design. 86
" " Major N. Bourne, Deptford. " Has received several orders from the Admiralty Committee, one being for impressing 150 watermen to carry down the victualling ships to both squadrons, as seamen are not to be had; desires they will put it in execution. Will go on board himself to see to their dispatch. 87
" " Adm. Com. " Order for victualling the satisfaction at Chester for 6 or 8 months, and the Hare ketch, having 35 men, for two months. 88
" 28 Edm. Edgar Adm. Com. Petition for consideration for overbuilding the Yarmouth and Winsby frigates by 97 and 96 tons, which at 5l. 15s. a ton is 1,109l. 15s., the loss of which will be his ruin. 89
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to ascertain from Mr. Chaffy, surveyor, what exceptions were made by Mr. Edgar to the contract for building the Yarmouth and Winsby frigates. With report, 4 Aug., that Edgar scrupled about signing the contract, but the frigates were not far advanced, and advising 327l. 15s. damages. 90, 91
" " " " " Order to enter Jno. Abell as chaplain of the Newbury frigate for the ensuing expedition, he being recommended by Capts. Browne and Newbery for his godliness and abilities. 92
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Arrival and departure of ships named. 140 tuns of defective beer have been taken out of the Unicorn and other ships; desires order for a fresh supply. 93
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Ordnance Officers. Order to supply the Maidstone frigate with provisions and stores for 150 men, and with 36 guns, she being appointed for the present expedition. 94
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Sends account of bills at Chatham charged on the Navy Treasurer since 1 Mar. 1654. Arrival and departure of ships. General Blake has arrived at the Hill House, but returns to-morrow; the Treasurer and Mr. Hopkins passed by this afternoon. Encloses certificate of the defective beer in the Unicorn; is much troubled to know how to dispose of it and other provisions in the same state. 95
July 28 John Morris, Gravesend. Navy Comrs Sent the warrant for Thos. Hughes of the Foresight to the Lee Road. Only knows one vessel called the Mary, which is a victualler, and has 50 tuns of beer; if the casks are not rehooped, much will be spoilt; has written Comr. Pett respecting it. The beef taken in at Deptford by the Wildman is unserviceable, not having taken the salt. 96
" 29 Geo. Turner and Cleopas Smith. " Petition for their arrears of pay as midshipmen in the Mayflower from Feb. 1652 to June 1654, during which time they only received 6 months' pay, and were put on shore sick of fever at the Pill, Bristol, and without means of subsistence. Have applied in vain to the Navy Commissioners. With certificate of John Powell and Robt. Hardie on their behalf. 97–99
" " Major Nehemiah Bourne, Deptford. Adm. Com. Visited the ships appointed to take in the victuals and stores for both fleets, and will dispatch them as fast as he can. 100
" " Capt. Ben. Sacheverell, London. Navy Comrs Desires they will sign his cook's ticket for wages, that he may leave something for his wife and family during his absence the next voyage. 101
Adm. Com. " Order to make out a bill to John Powell and Hen. Webley for 13l. 16s. 6d. and 1l. 1s., disbursed by them as messengers to the Committee. 102
" " " " " Order to augment the complement of the Old Warwick to 80 men and 20 guns 103
" " " " " Order for the Navy Treasurer to pay the arrears of wages due to Jno. Abell, formerly chaplain of the Victory, now of the Newbury. 104
" " Thos. White, Dover " Delivered their enclosure to the gunners of the Merlin and Pearl. The Merlin will have her work done on Saturday, and may be victualled and ready to sail on Tuesday; the Pearl will be out this tide. Is sorry the rope and sail makers are so much dearer than those in London; will get nothing by their bargains himself. 105
" " Wm. Lucas " Although he has served as master of the Heartsease since 1652, has never been paid off, and only received a little money as imprest; being again ordered out as a victualler, desires payment of a ticket enclosed, to enable him to provide necessaries. 106
" " Wm. Cullen, Dover Lieut.-Col. Thos. Kelsey, Somerset House. Desires he will move the Admiralty Committee that Mr. Day, surgeon, may be retained in his employment; he served all the late wars and attended the sick and wounded, who can say much for him. The Committee at Little Britain have lately sent down 2 persons to survey the affairs of the sick, which will be of little public profit, and there is a design to oust Mr. Day and put in Widow Miles' servant, a young man of little experience, and to appoint a physician who may choose his own surgeon. 107
" " Lieut. Griffin Saite, Weymouth. Adm. Com. Left Portsmouth for Weymouth the 25th, and having now received Col. Jno. Bingham on board, is sailing for Guernsey, where he will attend further orders. 108
" 30 John Morris, Gravesend. Navy Comrs Contents of his letter of the 28th. The Mary flyboat sailed 29 March for Scotland with General Monk's goods. The Selby has been waiting for employment since 15 June. No steward has yet been appointed to the Falcon, nor anyone to take charge of the provisions, so the men spend in one day what should serve for two, and if speedy course is not taken, few men will be left in her. The Katherine has arrived from Deptford, and taken in 6 months' provisions, but if she remains much longer, it will make a great reduction in her sea stores. 109
July 31. General Robt. Blake Navy Comrs Hen. Leader having been appointed chaplain to his Vice-Admiral, Capt. Badiley, desires 15l. imprest to enable him to fit himself for the voyage. 110
" " Thos. Pott, master, and Thos. Jones. mate of the John and Thomas, and Wm. Wilkinson, captain of the Exchange. Depositions, that being bound to Virginia with other ships, the Ruby ran into the Report on 17 Jan. 1654, and sunk her, which might have been avoided if she had kept on her course. 111
" " Capt. Mic. Nutton, Satisfaction, Liverpool. Navy Comrs Will haul his ship on shore to grave and clean next week, when the victuals will be ready; they have begun to brew the beer. Wants a boatswain and steward; his clerk of the check would undertake the duties of both. 112
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay off the Duchess at Deptford, and survey her defects and wants 113
" " " " Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Richard Nutt for 4l. 10s. 114
" " John Beale Adm. Com. Petition for the cook's place in the Phœnix, having been in the service 10 years. With certificate by Capt. Jno. Umpherty of his 16 months' service in the Friendship. 115, 116
" " Capt. Giles Shelley, the Colchester, Harwich. " Has come in to victual; wants to come up to the Hope to impress men from the colliers and other ships going up and down. 117
" " John Giffing, boatswain of the Rosebush, Deptford. " Thanks for his appointment, but desires to be cleared of the Swan's stores 118
July Wm. Haughfen Account of arms seized by Capt. Philip Gethings of the Preston, in a French flyboat, bound to St. Christopher, a French plantation, and supposed to have come from Holland. 119