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

Date. From To Subject. References.
Vol. 88.
Sept. 1 Wm. Hempson, George, Plymouth Sound. Robt. Blackborne. Will distribute the printed tickets and instructions; fears the victuallers have not left the Downs; all is at a stand for want of them. Desires continued correspondence; the country to which he is bound may afford some varieties. 1
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Contracted at 7¾d. a day with the navy victuallers, who demand 8d. per man a month for necessary money over and above 6d.; desire particulars of what was agreed on. 2
" 2 Ordnance officers Certificate that Josias Dewye has not received any debenture for 100 barrels of English gunpowder, delivered into the stores on 10 July last. 3
" " Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Essex, Spithead. Adm. Com. Will sail to Plymouth Sound the first opportunity, having changed the bad provisions and received the stores. 4
" " Capt. Jno. Seaman, Dragon, Portsmouth. " Will be ready to sail on the 5th; asks whether to ply on his former station off the Start, Portland, and the French coast, or elsewhere. 5
Sept. 2 Capt. Jno. Taylor Adm. Com. Recommends Philip Easton as master carpenter in the Indian prize, in place of Robert Veale 6
" " Capt. John Bourne, the Essex, Spithead. Robt. Blackborne. The wind has prevented his sailing to-day. Thanks for favours and prayers, which refresh his spirit. 7
" 3 " " " Will sail as ordered when the tide permits. If ordered on the former design, wants more men in case he meets with prizes. 8
" " Capt. Sam. Howett, Speaker, Downs. Adm. Com. In the storm yesterday 2 vessels put back, several broke their cables, and one ran foul of a Virginia ship. The Success firing distress signals, sent a hoy after her, but hears the firing was for a pilot. The Mary fly boat has brought some victuals and beer; 3 vessels came in on Saturday, but not the Katherine nor those from Harwich. 9
" 4 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Launching of the Lyme frigate. The shipwrights approve the place for building a second-rate ship. The Preston has come in with a Dutchman laden with salt, bound for France, and the Essex has sailed for Plymouth. The business of victualling yet sleeps. 10
" " " " Navy Comrs To the same effect. Asks for stores mentioned; also whether they allow conduct money to surgeons, or anything for transporting their chests, and whether a second-rate ship is to have more than 18 barrels of pitch or rosin. 11
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorn, Pelican. [Blackborne.] Being bound westward again, wants a chaplain; one of those who came from New England would do, or Mr. Peters might procure one. 12
" " Thos. White, Dover Navy Comrs Sends his account for repair of ships, and desires they will sign his bill for 200l., and order the treasurer to pay it, and those of the sail and rope makers. Will be up with his paper in 8 or 10 days, being delayed in distributing victuals to ships in the Downs. 13
" " Com. Peter Pett, Navy Office. Adm. Com. Recommends Edw. Byland, who was carpenter's mate in the Sovereign and Triumph, and has been in two engagements with the Dutch, and since employed by him in building the Naseby, to succeed Jno. Pack, carpenter of the great frigate at Woolwich, deceased. 14
" 6 Capt. John Bourne, the Essex, Spithead. Robt. Blackborne. Sailed on Monday, and got into Swansea Bay, but has been driven back by storms, and lost a cable and anchor, but hopes to recover them. The new mast and shrouds are bad, but no better can be had. 15
" 8 Major N. Bourne, Harwich. Adm. Com. Renews his application for an order for payment of the salaries of the shipwright, master attendant, and storekeeper, as they have not received anything since coming down; being now upon the place, desires to settle all affairs; as there was great hurry and confusion in the stores last year, advises a balancing of the accounts of the storehouse. Wants a warrant for Abra. Wells as carpenter of the Basing. 16
Sept. 8 Math. Haydon Adm. Com. Request to summon Thos. Dunning, master of a hoy of Rochester, before them, to answer for contempt of their warrant. Was authorised by them and the victuallers to press vessels to carry provisions to the fleet, and upon going on board Dunning's ship, he said that the commissioners and victuallers were all rogues, and he would sink her before she should be so employed. 17
" 9 Adm. Com. Commanders of the Old Warwick and Expedition. Order to sail to the Hope and give notice of their arrival, when they will receive further orders 18
" 11 Capt. Thos. Elliot, Fagons, Downs. Adm. Com. Wants a master and surgeon, and further orders. Has 3 months' provisions. Capt. Howett is commander in the Downs. 19
" " Capt. Saml. Howett, Speaker, Downs. " Sends a letter to the Generals from two merchants bound to Morlaix, desiring a convoy there and back, and desires order as to appointing the Welcome; also as to detaining the Zealander, brought in with salt, and presumed to be French. 48 hogsheads of pork and 6 tuns of beer have been delivered out of the Mary flyboat to the victuallers gone to Gen. Blake, but the bread is bad. Arrival and departure of ships named. 20
" " Capt. Thos. Thompson, Manlie Callis. " Recommend Harrington Woodkeeper as a carpenter, he having so served on board the Crow 21
" " Harrington Woodkeeper. " Petition to be carpenter on the Assurance. Has served by sea and land 4½ years, and was 1½ years carpenter on the Crow, now laid up. 22
" " Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, the Weymouth. Examination concerning the capture by the Dutch off St. Abb's Head of the White Raven, commanded by Capt. Hen. Southwood; before J. Fowler, advocate of the Fleet. 23
" 12 Ordnance officers Adm. Com. Have laden the Elizabeth and Seaflower of London with ammunition for the stores at Portsmouth, and they have fallen down to Gravesend to wait a convoy. 24
" " Capt.Hen.Maddison, Rich. Whitheare. Certificate that Geo. Walters served as cook in the Mary prize, taken by Sir Geo. Ayscough in the West Indies, and deserves encouragement. 25
" " Capt. Thos. Wilkinson, the Hampshire, Plymouth. Navy Comrs Sends duplicates of the tickets of men discharged. With draft in short hand of a letter, endorsed 26
" 13 Capt. Robt. Plumly, Reserve, Bull Bay, Newfoundland. Adm. Com. Is sorry they lost their admiral, Capt. Jno. Bourne, as he was much wanted by the squadron. Met Capt. Geffery of the Nightingale, who accompanied him to Bull Bay with a French prize; Capt. Dickenson of the Gift, and Capt. Spatchurst of the Paul also came in. Met on board the Nightingale, and as all the French had left, it was resolved that Capts. Geffery and Spatchurst should convoy home the first fleet, the Nightingale and Paul the next, and himself and Capt. Dickenson should stay until the remainder were ready, and then make for Plymouth. 27
Sept. 13 Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. Navy Comrs Sent to Commissioner Pett to view and agree for a parcel of timber for building the second rate ship; having to pay a large sum down for this and forother timber and materials for the stores, wants 1,000l., or the works cannot go on. 28
" 14 W. Barbour, Admiralty Office. Robt. Blackborne. Asks a warrant for Jno. Cockerell to be carpenter of the Indian, and Harrington Woodkeeper of the Assurance; also the hastening of his master's business, which Gen. Penn promised to forward. 29
" " Capt. Saml. Howett, Speaker, Downs. Adm. Com. Dispatch of ships to their station. Desires a convoy for some merchantmen bound to Morlaix 30
" " Jno. Clifton, George, Plymouth Sound. Navy Comrs Sends muster book, his men at last muster being 373; also duplicates of printed tickets delivered them for their pay. Is waiting for a wind to sail. 31
" " Com. Peter Pett, Chatham. " Will launch the Advice next spring tide. Discharged several sick soldiers on board; wants stores. As the Triumph is expected in, asks whether the men are to be paid off and discharged. Mr. Sewell wants canvas, and Mr. Aldridge will attend them about Dean Forest. 32
" 15 Capt. Thos. Wright, Heartsease, Hope, " Has been out 18 months, and there is great complaint for want of pay. The clerk of the check has sent in his accounts, but Mr. Wilson said they could not be audited until the ship was paid. 33
" 18 Major N. Bourne, Harwich. Adm. Com. The Basing has sailed with the money, but her steward left her unsupplied with many stores, and went to London. The Jersey has been tallowed, and is taking in her guns and 5 months' provisions. Has been 10 days in settling the accounts of the stores at Harwich last year, and will bring them up this week. 34
" " Vice-Adm. Lawson, Fairfax, Portsmouth. " Must either have the Fairfax girdled, or remove with his officers and guns into the Lyme. Will lose no time. 35
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Received order from Vice-Adm. Lawson for girdling the Fairfax, but other work has to be done to Gen. Penn's fleet; is short of men and materials, and thinks it would be better done in a dock. The Marigold has come in to be double-planked, but there is no tar. 36
" 19 Com. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Mr. Maplesden, the purveyor, has bought 100 loads of timber for building the second-rate ships; has given him a bill of imprest for 1,000l. The Triumph is expected daily. Is unloading one of the two ships with the hemp. 37
" " " " Adm. Com. Recommends Mr. Fletcher, foreman to the late Mr. Christmas, master carver, as his successor 38
" " Comrs. for Prize Goods. " Received their order to deliver to Thos. Ridley a prize vessel not exceeding 150l., but have no such vessel in their custody. 39
" 20 List of 7 prizes brought into the Downs by the Yarmouth frigate 40
" " List of 25 ships abroad on the stations, and in the Downs 41
" " Prize Comrs. Adm. Com. The Pelican and Lewis, two French ships with whalebone and oil, have been brought to London from Plymouth, and as they are leaky and the goods will be damaged, desire order to unlade them. The Act limiting the sittings of the Admiralty Court expired last Saturday, and it cannot grant one. 42
Sept. 20 Rowland Humphrey, clerk of the check, Nonsuch, Plymouth Sound. Navy Comrs Sends a sea book for the last voyage, and would have sent one for this but has not half his men, for the General orders them into his ship when not at sea, in case they should run, as they did after receiving some of their pa in the Downs, leaving 4 months still due, and many having tickets. Has been plying by order of General Blake to find the victuallers and the rest of the fleet, some of which have put into Dartmouth, and is now waiting orders. 43
" " Com. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Sends letter of Lieut. Nath. Browne of the Triumph, 19 Sept., about transferring 30 of his men to some victualling ships, by order of Vice-Admiral Howett, whereby he was compelled to borrow others to bring his ship in; asks orders as to fixing the cook's room in the Sovereign. 44, 45
" 21 Capt. Nich. Foster, London. Robt. Blackborne Sends a power of attorney, 27 Sept. 1654, for Col. Wm. Hilliard to receive 140l. due to him as commander of the Phœnix, and any other moneys that may grow due to him as captain in the navy, until he has received 196l. 5s. 4d., balance of 336l. 5s. 4d., Hilliard being security for him for that amount to Thos. Kendall, merchant of London, but desires the power may not be delivered until the counter security has been obtained. 46, 47
" 22 Com. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm Asks whether to turn over 50 able men from the Triumph to some ship in the Hope. Will order her up to her moorings from Long Reach. 48
" " Thos. Scott, Deptford. Navy Comrs Cleared all imprest bills with the treasurer, save one for 40l. left. Received 100l. more for board wages, and paid 140l.; having many ships to repair, desires another bill for 60l. Received 3 imprest bills to pay board wages to soldiers, but the charge amounted to 7l. more. 49
" 25 Christ. Pett and 2 others, Woolwich. Adm. Com. Recommend Thos. Clemens of the Naseby as master attendant at Woolwich 50
" " Ordnance officers " Demanded the journal book of Jas. Rothwell, clerk to Col. John White, but he refused to produce it by order of Col. White, who is clerk of the Ordnance office and keeper of the records; they are therefore hindered in the execution of their duties. 51
" 26 Comrs. for Prize Goods. " Offer for Mr. Ridley the Ellen dogger boat, and a quantity of guns, valued together at 146l. 15s. in lieu of the prize vessel ordered. 52
" " Capt. Edm. Thomson, Advantage, Liverpool. Navy Comrs Will repair to the Thames as directed; begs order to Mr. Walley to give him money for necessaries, as having been so long off the ground, much is required. With note that he is to do only what is necessary, and to come away speedily. 53
" 27 E. Hopkins, Navy Office. [Rob. Blackborne.] Particulars of ships in the river and as far as the Hope belonging to Gen. Penn's squadron. Mr. Pett being in town can state what ships are at Chatham. 54
" " Theop. Sacheverell, the Plymouth, Plymouth Sound. Navy Comrs Sends two muster books and tickets of discharged men 55
Sept. 27 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. In victualling the fleet for the future, do not judge it impossible that contracts may be made with more advantage. Victualling ships should be used only on extra occasions, but the ships should come into port and complete their proportions; those sent in having any remains should dispose thereof to ships remaining out, and for want of such, to other ships; what is defective should be immediately sold. For preventing further loss, more care must be had in selecting stewards, and for encouragement they should be allowed ½ what they save. The commanders should be solicited to attend to the provisions on board, and keep a constant check on the expenditure. A timely declaration should be made for provisions to be issued to the fleet, and the commissioners having the management of these affairs should appoint all subordinate officers. 56
" 28 Capt. Jno. Clifton, George, Plymouth Sound. Navy Comrs Sends duplicates of tickets issued. The wind being east, and the whole fleet riding together, they are making ready for sea. 57
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. " Recommends William Cooper as purveyor of timber for the ships building at Woolwich. The Crow and Hope will be ready to victual next week. 58
" " Edm. Newton, midshipman of the Saphire. Order of a court-martial held on board the George, before Capt. Joseph Jordan and 5 others, that he—having been sent to be tried for embezzling goods out of the St. Joseph of St. Sebastian, to which he was appointed master—be referred to the Admiralty Committee, to be tried according to the 9th article of Martial Law. Also warrant of Capt. N. Heaton of the Sapphire, directing Newton to take charge of the vessel, and deliver it to the Commissioners for Prize Goods at Plymouth. Also examinations, Sept. 23, of Newton, Wm. Salmon, and Wm. Danger, by the Prize Commissioners, as to the embezzlements thereout. Also certificate, Sept. 27, of Jno. Buckenham, notary public of Plymouth, that Peter Fox of Plymouth, yeoman, deposed before him that by warrant of the Sub-Commissioners for Prize Goods, he went to Kingsand, and seized 22 bundles and 2 chests of whalebone, and a cable and anchor, embezzled out of the St. Joseph of St. Sebastian, sent into Plymouth by the Sapphire, as well as other suspected goods; that he was assaulted there by Edward and Wm. Salmon, Rich. Rowdon, and others, and that the constable, Wm. Samson, jun., would not interfere, as they were his friends. 59–64
" " Company of the Islip Adm. Com. Petition that they will pay no heed to the false accusations made by the commander, Capt. Edw. Tarleton against Jno. Stepwell, the master, there being an attempt to remove him in favour of Edw. Whopper, who has never been in the service, nor can give any account of his fidelity. 65
" 29 Comrs. for Prize Goods. " Are informed by the officers on board the salt prizes taken from the French that the ships are Dutch, but the salt French; as they are all leaky and in danger of perishing, and as the Admiralty Court is not sitting, desire order for the sale of the salt, as also of the oil and whalebone in the 2 Greenland ships taken from the French; it will now fetch a high price. 66
" " Griffin Saite, Expedition, Chatham. Navy Comrs Has brought his ship up, and awaits further orders 67
Sept. 29 Capt. Mich. Tarleton, Liverpool. Adm. Com. Capt. Nutton came in for victuals and a cable, and might have been at Inverlochy but he neglected the opportunity of the wind. 68
" 30 Jno. Swann, shipwright, Inverlochy, Scotland. " Has been requested by Col. Brayne, commander-in-chief of the garrison there, with leave of Capt. Math. Brown of the Wren, to absent himself for the purpose of building a small vessel to carry provisions and stores to and from the garrison; as it will be less charge to the State than hiring one by the month, begs to be excused for his long absence from the Wren. 69
" " Navy Comrs. " To appoint a successor to Capt. Taylor, master shipwright at Chatham, his resignation having been accepted. 70
" " General Robt. Blake Capt. Wm. Cockraine, Old Warwick. Warrant to receive Edm. Newton, transport him to the Admiralty Committee in London, and deliver him into the custody of such as they shall appoint. 71
Sept. Hen. Langham, cashier to the Comrs. of Customs. Adm. Com. Account of payments since 7 Sept. from the customs in London for salaries, and by warrants from the Council of State, in pursuance of the order of 29th Sept.; total, 35,934l. 3s. 7d. 72
" " John Davies " Account of standards, colours, shallops, tar, &c. in the stores at Deptford 73