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

Date. From To Subject. References.
Vol. 90.
Nov. 1 Charles Taylor, Bristol. Navy Comrs Particulars of the building of the frigate, which is much delayed for want of money 1
" " Comrs. for Prize Goods. Adm. Com. Have sold ships and goods value 70,000l., but could not retain the proceeds, there being great sums continually charged upon them by the Council, which they could not forbear paying, so have only 12,100l. in hand, besides some ships and goods of value not yet condemned. As they have not kept this money, as ordered by the decrees of the Admiralty Court, desire security to free them from repayment, in case the Admiralty judges decree them to pay it back to the claimers, for which they are liable by law, both of the Admiralty and other courts. 2
" " Capt. Sam. Howett, Speaker, Downs. " Arrival and departure of ships 3
" " Jonas Shish, Walderswick. Navy Comrs Has hewn timber for the second rate ships building, and loaded 4 hoys with 120 loads of 4-inch plank, and 90 of 3 and 2 inch. 4
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. The provisions in preparation by Mr. Nowell and the Ordnance office, and the surplus bread from the victuallers will take up 1,200 tuns of stowage; as that will not be soon provided, desire an early order. 5
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Asks whether the contract with Mr. Ingram when iron and coals were dear is yet in force, what they do with other smiths for great work, and the price of naval stores, that he may know how to act if opportunity presents. Generals Desborough and Penn, Lieut.-Col. Kelsey, and Capt. Hatsell have arrived and gone on board the Swiftsure; does not know their business. 6
" " Account of the stations of 40 ships named, appointed for the winter guard, and of 28 ordered in 7, 8
Nov. 2 Thos. Alderne, victualler, Portsmouth. Col. Clerke, Whitehall. Suggests the sale of several prizes named, laden with goods, lying at Portsmouth at great charge and damage; it seems strange they should remain as they are when money is wanted. Gen. Desborow has promised to remind the Admiralty Commissioners about the declaration for victualling the summer fleet. 9
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Send a letter from the navy victuallers at Tower Hill, that they are using all dispatch to furnish Gen. Penn's fleet with 5 months' new beef and 4 months' new pork, as also the rest of the fleet with 8 months' provisions, but have been delayed for want of shipping; have sent Mr. Alderne to Portsmouth to hasten away the ships there. 10, 11
" 3 Capt. Jere. Smith, Hull. " As they have given medals to several captains for services against the Dutch, and have one for him, desires it may be delivered to Capt. Jno. Northend. 12
" " Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Essex, Plymouth Sound. " Has been cruising on his station, to annoy the enemy and secure trade, and having left the Advanture and Winsby there, has come in to revictual, and will then put to sea. Wants further orders. With particulars of other ships. 13
" " Capt. Fras. Cranwill, Liverpool. Navy Comrs Cannot get either provisions or stores, and his men are crying out for money for clothes. The carpenters are at work; will use all speed to get to sea. Desires payment of a bill of 29l. 6s. 4½d. expended for supplies. 14
" " " Adm. Com. To similar effect 15
" " Navy Comrs. " Major Bourne's account for moneys received and issued for supply of the ships at Harwich has been well kept, and amounts to nearly 9,000l. Have allowed the instruments employed in the outports from 1 to 2 per cent., according to the nature of their work. 16
" 5 Vice-Adm. Jno. Lawson, Fairfax, Downs. " Account of the ships in the Downs belonging to the squadron appointed for this coast, and of those belonging to Gen. Penn's fleet. 17
" " " " " The ships of Penn's fleet named yesterday have sailed for Portsmouth. Asks whether to detain the Jersey for a bowsprit, &c., or send her after the others. The Fagon is appointed to convoy some vessels for Seine Head. 18
" 6 Navy Comrs. " Have had the Gift and Paul surveyed, and if repaired and supplied with necessaries, they will be substantial vessels. 19
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs To like effect. The Crow is finished and has been waiting for her provisions 3 weeks; she wants men, which he will endeavour to furnish. 20
" " Sol. Smith Edw. Hopkins. Begs assistance for his clerk in passing his accounts; he has spent much time and neglected his business about them. 21
" " Edm. Smith, Yarmouth. Navy Comrs Has been sick, but will come up the first opportunity to clear his accounts for victuals received in Scotland. 22
" " Capt. Thos. Elliot, Fagons. Vice-Adm. Lawson. Asks a master's warrant for Roger Yaxley, who served on board as such since 16 Sept.; also a surgeon's warrant for Hen. Julian, from 24 Aug., in place of Jno. Prudes, who was appointed 28 Aug., but did not come on board until 4 Nov. 23
Nov. 6 Chris. Armstrong Deposition that he has served 3 months in Col. Goffe's regiment, but that his ticket was made out by Capt. Hubbart to Oct. 1654, and that he received it of Roger Williams, who told him he was to receive his money thereupon. 24
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Whitehall. Navy Comrs Sends a list of supplies made to ships at Plymouth about to be paid off 25
" " Capt. Thos. Thompson, Crow, Gravesend. Major Thomson, Navy Comr Received the order for his departure for Portsmouth, but will have to stay for men. Wants an anchor, cables, &c., also a press warrant. 26
" 7 Capt. John Sorman Certificate that Nich. Mansfield has served well under him 15 months in the Dragon 27
" " Capt. Thos. Sankey, Adviser, Harwich. Adm. Com. Came in for repairs, and if victualled, will be in a capacity for winter service. Has not heard of any shallop cruising upon the coast. 28
" " Capt. Joseph Cubitt, Plymouth. " Thanks for his dismissal. Has had the frigate sheathed and tallowed, and when victualled, will deliver her to Capt. Bourne. 29
" " Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Essex, Plymouth Sound. " Will remove into the Portsmouth as ordered, and when victualled and manned, proceed to his former station. Particulars of the Essex and other ships. 30
" " Capt. Edw. Tarleton, Islip, Liverpool. " Landed Lord Pepys and his goods at Dublin, and then had order enclosed from the Lord Deputy to return to Liverpool; when cleaned and victualled, will observe their further orders. Sends examination of John Sheppard, midshipman, as to Hen. Purdoe, the boatswain, embezzling ropes, and selling them for 50s. and 14s. 31–33
" " Capt. Robt. Clarke, the Bristol, Downs. " Arrival of ships. There are daily shipwrecks westward. Some merchantmen have been plundered by the French fleet in the Straits. A ship from New England reports that Major Suggeke has taken all the French forts in New England and manned them. The Centurion has no fish; the steward, being in London, may be called to account respecting it. 34
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Deptford. Gen. Penn. Asks an order for payment of 3l. spent in transporting himself and servants from Tilbury Hope to the Downs, being ordered to leave the Andrew, and repair on board the Vanguard. 35
" " Wm. Serjant, Islip Navy Comrs Sailed from Liverpool to Dublin with Lord Pepys, and on returning, had orders to convoy some vessels to Scotland with provisions, and to complete his 5 months' victualling begun at Bristol. Has broken his cable, and his vessel is so crank-sided that she cannot bear sail when it blows without danger. 36
" " Ordnance officers Adm. Com. Ask an order to repair the platforms in and about the Tower, especially in the White Tower; there was a great fire this morning near the iron gate and the powder magazine; if it should occur again, there will be great danger of the platforms firing, as they are all much decayed. 37
Nov. 7 Edw. Pateson, Plymouth. Navy Comrs Transactions in paying seamen's tickets. Hopes not to be prejudiced by false accusations of extortion; never asked Wm. Worrell nor any of the others to take payment partly in money and clothes, nor is it his trade so to do. When he came from London with bills for 500l., could not get them cashed under 40s. in the 100l., but has since satisfied many of the men, and sent them to London, and many made purchases of clothes; has never received more than 2s. 6d. in the pound which is very little considering the long credit and great risks. 38
" 8 Capt. Rich. Cowes, Cat, Dublin. " Has been plying between Milford and Greenore Bay by order of the Lord Deputy and Council of Ireland, to prevent the incursions of pirates, and has since received their order to ply off Ballycotton, for a Brest man of-war seen near Youghall. Wants sails. 39
" " Capt. Jno. Seaman, Dragon, Spithead. Adm. Com. Chased a French ship from Synnago, near Barbary, with dry hides, for 6 hours before he came within shot, and has bought her into Spithead. Hears by a Dutchman that the St. Malo ships out of Spain do not come into the channel but the bay, and thence to Rochelle and Nantes. 40
" " Vice - Adm. Jno. Lawson, Fairfax, Downs. " Sends list of 9 ships in the Downs, with account of their provisions, and note of 4 that have sailed. The Convert is ordered to transport Lady Mayerne to Dunkirk, and to convoy home 3 or 4 laden ships there. Asks orders as to the Weymouth pink, unfit for further service. 41, 42
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor Navy Comrs Desires order to Mr. Mundy to purchase a parcel of plank to be sold in Suffolk, which is fit for the ships about to be built. 43
" 9 Major Wm. Burton, Yarmouth. " Has shipped 59 tons of the iron in his own vessel, the Star of Yarmouth, and sends the bill of lading; the rest, being 5 tons, has long been with Thos. Gayfor, the smith, to make anchors; hopes to secure the iron or its worth. Offers his ship to carry provisions to the fleet, or for any other service, as she has good storage room. 44
" " Thos. Clarke. Boston " Is sorry their proceedings in procuring masts are open to censure, but having to send carpenters to the woods to hew them, and Edw. Gilmore breaking his covenant, the prices rose; however, bought 60 at 6l. 10s., each of 24 inches, and advanced 20s. for all above 24 inches; has paid and engaged for great sums, and left the freightage to Capt. Crane and themselves. Has delivered all up to the gentleman appointed, and desires payment of a balance due of 37l. 2s. 45
" " Ordnance officers Robt. Blackborne Wish the Admiralty Committee to appoint a convoy for the William of London, bound to Dover, Plymouth, and Pendennis, with 800 barrels of powder. 46
" " " Adm. Com. Send Thos. Bray, waterman of Greenwich, in custody to account for 4 barrels of powder seized in his boat by Wm. Brumage, custom house waiter and searcher for stolen goods. 47
" " Jno. Chilman, steward of the Duchess. Comr. Hopkins. Begs to pass his accounts and have payment of his wages. Was sick when the captain victualled the ship, and never had particulars, and the clerk of the check agrees to allow for what is wanting on the account. Has served the State 8 years, has a wife and child sick, 60 miles away; married his wife against the will of her father, who, believing he has received his pay, and is living in London in idleness, will have nothing to do with them, whereas he owes half his wages for lodging and living, and has not a penny. 48
Nov. 10 Thos. Burges Receipt for 24 barrels of decayed powder from Thos. Goulding, gunner of the Portsmouth, by order of Capt. Jno. Bourne, commander of the Essex. 49
" " Thos. Cross, Limehouse. Adm. Com. Petition for a master's place, having so served in the Gift under Capt. Dickinson. With certificate of Capt. Sam. Dickinson in his favour. 50, 51
" " Wm. Serjeant, check, and Jno. Stepney, carpenter, Islip, Liverpool Road. " Desire the ship may be brought in to be girdled, as she will not bear sail when upon a lee shore, and there is much danger of losing her in the North Channel. 52
" " Capt. Fras. Cranwill, Hare, Liverpool. " Will get what can be procured, and charge the expense on the Navy treasurer; wants payment of his men, who need clothes, and an order to Commissary-Gen. Fowler to supply canvas, powder, and shot, out of some of the garrisons. 53
" " " " Navy Comrs To the same effect 54
" " Capt. Edw. Tarleton, Liverpool. Adm. Com Has washed and tallowed, and is getting ready to receive the provisions; his men are procuring their clothes. Will advise the treasurers' agent, so that the money may be in readiness for transportation. 55
" " Navy Comrs. " As to the petition of the shipmasters to his Highness, for extra allowance for building ships larger than the dimensions contracted for, cannot recommend any greater allowance than mentioned in their certificate of 10 May last, from which Messrs. Starling and Castle, who built the Jersey and Dover, ought to be excluded, for non-performance of covenants. 56
" " Rich. Browne, Pembroke. " Delivered their letter to Capt. Bowen, but returns that to Capt. Ledgant, as he had sailed. Mr. White still keeps the packet boat, but it is uncertain conveyance to the fleet upon the Irish coast, as the ships are mostly dispersed. 57
" " Capt. Thos. Sparling, Assistance, Greenhithe. Navy Comrs Asks an order to the victuallers to send his provisions after him, as he has orders to go to sea 58
" " Capt. Pet. Bowen, Mayflower, 8 leagues off the Smalle. Adm. Com. Plying on his station, met 5 merchant ships bound up the Severn, and as there were some Brest men-of-war about, convoyed them to Lundy, and gave notice to the Lizard and Nicodemus at Crooks Haven. Received their order for Capt. Penrose, who is fitting at Kinsale, where the Greyhound has just been, and gone for Dublin. 59
" " Capt. John Bourne, the Essex, Plymouth. " Thanks for his removal into the Portsmouth; will put to sea with all expedition 60
" 11 " " Thos. Burges, gunner of the Essex. Order to deliver 40 barrels of powder to the gunner of the Portsmouth, and receive back all found defective, as the Essex is commanded in. 61
Nov. 11 Capt. Robt. Clarke, the Bristol, Downs. Adm. Com. Is sorry if his letter asking payment of his company's wages gave offence, as they were in a destitute condition; asks what number of men he is to carry, having, with 20 soldiers, only 170 on board, whereas he was formerly allowed 250. 62
" " Capt. Fras. Kirby, Bear, Stokes Bay. Muster book from 29 March to 6 Nov. 1654 63
" 12 Capt. Jno. Symonds NavyComrs While in the Downs, came in collision with the Providence, and damaged her head, bowsprit, &c. The wind being S.E. by S., the fleet is under sail. 64
" 13 Lieut. Je. Country, the Essex, Spithead Adm. Com. Has come from Plymouth by direction of Capt. Jno. Bourne, the commander, and desires orders. 65
" " Lewis Ayres, check of the Dover, Spithead. Navy Comrs Could not send up the pay books; the captain being in London, has not placed any of the officers, and the master declines to rate the men's wages. 66
" " Thos. White, Dover " The Orange Tree, not being fit for service, has been ordered in by Vice-Admiral Howett. Has removed all out of her into the stores, and given the master an inventory. 67
" " Vice-Adm. Jno. Lawson, Fairfax, Downs. Adm. Com. Sends certificate of a survey of the Jersey's masts. Also a letter from Capt. Robt. Clarke of the Bristol. [See 25 Oct. 1654.] Has sent the Weymouth to Deptford, the Entrance to Chatham, and the Welcome to Woolwich, and asks where the Speaker and Fagon are to be victualled. 68–70
" 14 Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Portsmouth, Catwater. " Thanks for this appointment to the Portsmouth, which is being fitted for sea. Has sent the Essex to Portsmouth for repairs, and ordered the lieutenant to report his arrival. 71
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Will order a survey of all the ships at Chatham, and send it up, and see to their repair. They are continuing to make new cordage, but want 20 lasts of tar, and Mr. Sewell wants canvas. 72
" " " " " Recommends Mr. Jempson, carver, having known him 20 years, to succeed Jno. Christmas lately dead, as carver for Deptford and Woolwich, and to finish the carving on board the Naseby at Woolwich. 73
" " Thos. Scott and Manlie Callis. " Recommend Jno. Leadman to succeed Jno. Christmas, late master carver at Deptford and Woolwich. 74
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Send a duplicate of the contract made with the navy victuallers 75
" " Capt. Jno. Sherwin, Primrose, Liverpool. " Has always accounted necessity the highest law, it being of a compelling nature, nevertheless is forced to stop his mouth and pen. Could have killed two birds with one stone, in performing the service with the treasure to Dublin in his way homeward, and this would not have obstructed the present expedition for Inverlochy, the Islip being in as good an equipage to sail as the convoys. The victuallers gave no orders to their deputy to supply him with provisions; has procured sufficient to serve until he reaches Chatham, when he hopes the condition of his ship and men will have consideration. 76
Nov. 15 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Ask order to the Commissioners of Customs to clear the Mary of Gottenburg, laden with masts and deals for the stores at Portsmouth. 77
" " Jas Wilson, Cadiz " Sends a letter from the General who has sailed for Gibraltar. The Princess Maria and other ships have come in, the former with a French fire ship, which she took in sight of the French fleet of 7 men-of-war, who took the Dolphin but let her go again. Has ordered these ships to follow the General to the Straits' mouth. 78
" " Thos. Scott and Manlie Callis, Deptford. Navy Comrs Particulars of 11 ships named at Deptford. The Fox, Old Warwick and Old President should be sold, as not fit to be repaired. 79
" " Capt. Thos. Sparling, Assistance, Hope. " Waits for provisions and a surgeon's chest. Asks whether it is true that the surgeon is absent for want of his imprest and other money, as there are sick men on board. 50 of his men left the ship while he was in London to receive the officers' money, and as very few have returned, desires a press warrant. 80
" 16 " " Adm. Com. After leaving Woolwich, the paymaster came to pay them in Long Reach, but was 400l. short; went with him to London for it, and being delayed, found on his return to the ship that 50 of his men had left, and that neither the surgeon, his mate, nor his chest had arrived; as this has caused much discontent, is constrained to write for another surgeon. Will make all haste to the Downs. 81
" " Capt. Giles Shelley, the Colchester, Yarmouth Roads. " Has had much bad weather since leaving Harwich, and dares not venture the boat to shore, or the men either, as they are giving 40s. and upwards per month in the merchant service, which entices even the volunteers with a loss of 5 or 6 months' pay. 82
" " Rich. Browne Account of 28 days' provisions delivered to Capt. Peter Bowen of the Mayflower, value 53l. 8s. 9d. 83
" " Vice-Adm. Jno. Lawson, Fairfax, Downs. Adm. Com. Has ordered the Speaker to Chatham, and will send the Guinea there when she arrives. Desires orders as to the Jersey. Provisions are so scarce that he has been compelled to take some out of the Bristol to supply the Speaker and Entrance. 84
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Has surveyed ships named, and desires orders as to their repair; also a boatswain for the Sparrow. 85
" " Capt. Fras. Cranwill R. Hutchinson, Navy Treasurer. Being ordered to furnish himself with provisions or money, has taken up 100l. of Commissary Thos. Fowler on a bill which he hopes will be met, so that his credit may stand good for carpenter's or other stores. 86
" " John Morris, Gravesend. Navy Comrs Sends muster books. Note of ships in the Hope 87
" 17 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Are providing tonnage for the provisions for Barbadoes, and as some of the ships are ready to receive goods, desire orders to ship them, and for the Custom house officers not to hinder the lading, being under a contract for their speedy dispatch. 88
Nov. 17 Capt. Edw. Tarleton, Liverpool. Adm. Com. Is taking in provisions, and expects the treasurer, who is at Chester, on board with the money for Dublin to night, when he will sail. 89
" " Capt. Fras. Cranwell, Hare pink, Liverpool. Navy Comrs Will apply to Mr. Walley as directed for necessaries, and for 4 months' imprest, and endeavour to get the things at Liverpool and Chester, although at dear rates, and charge all on the Navy treasurer. 90
" " " " Adm. Com. To the same effect 91
" " Wm. Serjeant, Islip, Liverpool Road. Navy Comrs Is victualling for 4 months, and to day will take in the 40,000l. for Dublin, and be ready to sail in a few days. As the surgeon is dead, his mate should succeed. Asks orders as to the surgeon's chest; would have sold it to the mate for the benefit of the children, but he declined to buy, not knowing whether it did not belong to the ship. 92
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. The President and Nightingale are in the Hope, and might have been in the Downs if victuals could be procured at Chatham. Is refitting the ships for the winter guard; sends particulars, and an account of cordage, anchors, and sails needed for 9 ships named. 93, 94
" " " " Navy Comrs Sends a demand by E. Hayward for cordage, and a note as to the fitting out of 11 ships of Gen. Penn's fleet at Chatham. Also a survey by Phineas Pett and one Johnson of 9 ships named. Has quickened all sorts of instruments to a diligent attendnce, and if he has a timely supply, hopes to answer expectations. Sends a certificate to Robt. Sewell and J. Tihurst, that there is 12 cwt. of broken biscuit and sweepings at the storehouse at Chatham, received out of ships, which is only fit for cattle, Desires order as to its disposal. 95–99
" 18 Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Portsmouth. Col. Jno. Clerke, Adm. Chamber. General Desborow has come in, as also ships named. The yards are paid, and the Swiftsure's books gone through. When orders are sent to the captains, notice should be also sent to the Commissioner, to quicken them if not observed. 100
" 19 Vice-Adm. Jno. Lawson, Fairfax, Downs. Robt. Blackborne Thanks for the news, and begs him to forward enclosures 101
" " " " Adm. Com. Has ordered the Jersey to Portsmouth. The Phœnix has gone as a convoy to Plymouth, the Fagon to convoy vessels for Seine Head and the Yarmouth for Dunkirk, so here are only his ship and the Bristol in the Downs. 102
" 20 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Has apprehended 4 soldiers for making 3 false tickets, amounting to 33l., and after examination, committed them to Upnor Castle, as they have probably made a trade of it, and can make some large discoveries. Asks an order by return, as he will leave for Woolwich and London to-morrow. Mr. Aldridge is also coming up, on his way to the Forest of Dean. 103
" " Wm. Serjant, Liverpool Road. " Has received the 40,000l. on board for Ireland, as also the Treasurer, and will use all expedition to sail. Obtained only sufficient provisions for the men till his return. 104
Nov. 20 Col. Jno. Bingham Adm. Com. Begs reference of the petition of, and payment of the arrears due to Mr. Phillips, late surgeon of the Joshua, who was in the engagement with the Dutch, and attended to 200 supernumeraries, besides many of the Dutch sick and wounded. 105
" " Capt. Giles Shelley, the Colchester, Yarmouth. " Arrived last Monday. Has the sinews of war, the money, on board, but the North-west winds prevent progress. Some vessels for Hull have been waiting 3 weeks. 106
" 21 Navy Comrs. " The officers at the post house refused to receive their letters directed to Portsmouth and other places, on the State's service, without payment, and flung them out at the door after the messenger into the dirt. Conceive such letters are free, and desire order either for their acceptance or for payment of carriage. 107
" " Manlie Callis and 3 others. Navy Comrs Surveyed the boats in the mast dock at Deptford; 10 are not worth repairing and 2 are worth 30s. each, two 20s., two 10s., and 4 old skiffs 6s. 8d. each. 108
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. Has drawn a bill of exchange on Mr. Hutchinson for 400l., towards fitting out the Nantwich, building by Mr. Bayley, and desires it may be paid. 109
" " Capt. Thos. Penrose, Nonsuch, Milford Haven. Adm. Com. Tallowed and victualled at Kinsale for 3 months, and then convoyed some vessels from there and Cork, as 2 or 3 have lately been captured by pickeroons. Plied about Lundy, but was blown out of the Channel, and lost some of his sails; went back to Kinsale, where he received their order, and sailed for Milford, having only 5 weeks' victuals on board, Has received their second order, and will make all haste to Portsmouth. 110
" 22 Wm. Markham Navy Comrs Having had notice from the Crow of the receipt of 13 magazine surgery chests, the apothecaries may be discharged. 111
" " Rich. Harrison, Wisbeach. Adm. Com. In 1648, Capt. Rich. Harrison, of Wisbeach, procured an order of both Houses of Parliament for 20 barrels of powder and match and bullet, which was sent to Wisbeach and delivered to Mich. Morfell, who has most of it still in possession. He is a dangerous man, and caused great fear when the Norfolk plot was in hand, being a companion of the contrivers, and of a very mischievous temper. There are also 2 great guns in Wisbeach Castle which might be useful elsewhere. 112
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor and 2 others. Navy Comrs Recommend Wm. Addly as master carver at Deptford, in the room of Mr. Christmas deceased 113
" " Thos. Pointer " Asks a recommendation to the Admiralty Committee for employment. The new frigate is and will be void, as the gentleman appointed is going as Judge Advocate with Gen. Penn, but there are now 2 or 3 after it. Cannot subsist without employment; were he borne upon the Sovereign in harbour for half-pay, it would be some comfort, but it is otherwise. 114
" " Capt. Joseph Cubitt, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Has had the Portsmouth well fitted, got her into the Sound, and delivered her to Capt. Bourne; hopes she will continue an honour to the nation. 115
Nov. 22 Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Portsmouth, Plymouth Sound. Adm. Com. Has taken charge of the Portsmouth from Capt. Cubitt, is getting in the stores and fitting her, and will use all expedition to get to his former station, so as to secure trade and annoy the enemy. Will dispose of the other ships under his command as ordered. The Preston has come in for the Eastern guard. 116
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Asks when the clerks of the check of Gen. Penn's fleet are to begin their checking, and what preparation is being made for traces and halters for horses, as also hammocks. 117
" 23 Capt. Robt. Vessey Col. Kelsey, Whitehall. Recommends his carpenter, an honest and able man, for employment in the Assurance, or in any other ship. 118
" " Capt. Ja. Terry, the Jersey, Portland Road. Adm. Com. Sailing from Portsmouth for the Downs, by order of the Vice-Admiral, lost his main and maintopmast, and most of his sails in a storm, and had 3 men carried overboard, one of whom was lost; has come in to fit himself to return to Portsmouth. 119
" " Capt. Philip Gethings, the Preston, Plymouth. " Has been forced in by the storm, and they hardly saved their lives and the ship; other vessels have come in, one of which lost her mainmast off the Isle of Wight. Has the smallpox on board, and 22 men sick, but will get back to his station as soon as possible. 120
" " Thos. Rabenett and 3 others, Chatham. " Certificate in favour of Wm. Ashley as a boatswain, he having so served in the Encrease, Tenth Whelp, and Constant Warwick. 121
" " Edw. Stourton, Heartsease, Stokes Bay. Mr. Turner. Sends the muster books, delayed because sent to the office at Portsmouth, by order of his commander. 122
" " Geo. Harrison Robt. Blackborne. Sends an open letter, by direction of Col. Clarke, and desires it may be produced on his behalf, with any others from Admiral Stokes, when the competition for the pursership of the Lyme takes place. 123
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Had a survey made of the vessels in harbour at Portsmouth, Chatham, Woolwich, and Deptford, and received returns from the three latter; many ships and boats are useless; desire order for their sale. 124
" " " " The charge of bringing timber from Dean Forest for the stores at Chatham, Woolwich, and Deptford, and of its conversion, will amount to 3l. 5s. per load, but it will be worth from 4l. 10s. to 5l. here; think the experiment should be made this spring [tide] with 400 or 500 loads. 125
" " Math. Browne, Wren, Milford. " Spent the victuals he took in at London on his station, and has revictualled at Kinsale. Has been convoying vessels from Dublin to Scotland and thence to the Channel, by order of the Lord Deputy and Council of Ireland, and of Col. Brayne in Scotland; returning to Dublin, was sent as convoy to the Lands' End, but has been forced in by contrary winds and foul weather. 126
" 24 Capt. Edw. Tarleton, Liverpool. " Received the 40,000l. for Dublin, and waits a wind. The weather has been so turbulent, with much snow, that he could not depart without danger. 127
Nov. 24 Christ. Harker, Winsby, Catwater, near Plymouth. Navy Comrs Sends receipt of Thos. Chellingworth, steward of the Essex, for 5 tuns of beer supplied by order of her late commander, Capt. Bourne; also certificate by Capt. Joseph Ames and others, of a survey made on board the Winsby, of some bad fish, which was ordered to be thrown overboard. Much beer has been lost by leakage. 128
" " Robt. Moulton, and 12 other officers of Chatham Yard. Adm. Com. Certificate for Rich. Corke as a steward, he having lived with Mr. Hayward, clerk of the Survey, 8 years; he was 6 years purser of the Nonsuch, and forced to leave through sickness. 129
" " Nich. Read, Stoke Hall, near Ipswich. " As to his complaint against Capt. Taylor, then gunner of the Sovereign, did not exhibit more than he delivered to Gen. Blake, under whose command he, Reade, then was; has not heard anything more of the matter. There were some failings not to be excused, and that in the view of all the fleet, that the Flemish guns could reach us, and ours not them. 130
" " Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Portsmouth, Plymouth. " Endeavoured to get to sea, but was forced back by contrary winds. The Pelican, Adventure, and Winsby have come in to repair and victual, and when completed, will return to their station, they being of his squadron. 131
" 25 Saml. Whittell, Custom House. Robt. Blackborne. Request for the Admiralty Committee to order the Navy Commissioners to sell the bearer an old condemned prize lying at Falmouth, at the appraised value. 132
" " Capt. Robt. Saunders, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Recommends as master of the Assurance Robt. Hutchinson, who served under him 22 months, and is recommended by Gen. Wm. Penn. Noted for a commission. 133
" " Robt. Midford, boatswain, Woolwich Yard. Navy Comrs When Capt. Sparling sailed from Woolwich to the Hope, lent him a long boat, as the new one was not ready; this he sent up by his boatswain's mate, but the mate obtained the new boat, without returning the old one, upon pretence that it had gone up to Deptford with some returned stores. Sent to Capt. Sparling to inquire into it, and encloses his reply, that he had examined Wm. Rickson and Jno. James, and found the boat had been lost; that Thos. Griffin, who moored it, had 3 months' pay due to him, and he should make it good; also that he lodged at the Red Lion in Shadwell. 134
" " Edm. Harvey, Custom House, London. " Will obey a letter enclosed from the Admiralty Committee of 23 Nov., to give order that the Recovery and William, taken up to carry ordnance to Barbadoes for Gen. Penn's squadron, may be laden and cleared without molestation. 135, 136
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " The surgeons of Gen. Penn's squadron from the Thames come to him for supplies to recruit their chests; cannot give them until he knows to what time each had a supply. Is ignorant of the agreement with Mr. Gould about his ship, the Jeremy of London, but they were 14 days unloading the masts she brought, although there were a dozen labourers, and no obstruction. Has paid off 7 of Gen. Penn's fleet, and had done more if weather had permitted, but the multitude of tickets took much time. 137
Nov. 25 Ordnance officers Robt. Blackborne. Desire a convoy for the Elizabeth of Hull, with 500 barrels of gunpowder for Hull; also a reply to a letter enclosed from Thos. Shewell at Bristol, 21 Nov., stating that the Nantwich, building by Mr. Bayley, is nearly ready to launch, and asking whether any carriages are to be made. 138, 139
" " Thos. Harrison, Upnor Castle. " Is ordered by Commissioner Pett to secure 4 soldiers in the garrison for counterfeiting tickets, and send them up to the Admiralty Commissioners. Desires he will hasten the guard back. 140
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " Asks an order for the messenger to secure the 4 soldiers on their arrival, until he comes to town on Tuesday. 141
" 26 Capt. Robt. Clarke, the Bristol, Downs. Adm. Com. Being entrusted with the command while Vice-Adm. Lawson is in London, will endeavour to answer expectation. The Centurion has come in, and 2 Holland men-of-war; they have been in much danger by the storms. Most of the ships in the Downs require victualling. 142
" " Capt. Lambert Cornelius, Hopewell, Portsmouth. " Arrived from Jersey with Col. Gibbons, the governor there, on the 24th; has since been ordered by the Generals to refit, and hopes to be ready for sea next week. 143
" 27 Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Has seen their letter to Gen. Desborough about sending the hammocks by land; the General has written to expedite the sending of 150 hogsheads of water, and Capt. Alderne has ordered the casks and vessels to be ready to attend further orders. 144
" " Thos. White, Dover " The Seahorse has come in much damaged. Asks orders for repairs 145
" " Edw. Man, Newcastle. Robt. Blackborne. Recommends Isaac, son of Wm. Astell, for employment in the Custom House 146
" " Col. And. Carter Adm. Com. Asks them to call for the petition of Mr. Phillips, surgeon of the Joshna, for his arrears of pay, and settlement of his account for attending on the sick and wounded after the engagements with the Dutch, and to order payment, or a reference to the Navy Commissioners. 147
" " Capt. Giles Shelley, the Colchester, Leith Road. " While weighing in a storm in Yarmouth Roads, broke his cable and lost his small bower, and his ship casting shoreward, was in great danger. Had but one fair day there, it being most bitter, terrible, dismal weather. 148
" 28 Navy Comrs. " Desire order as to the disposal of the Orange Tree, come into Dover from the fleet, and reported unfit for service. 149
" " Ordnance officers " Mr. Isaacson will not let the storehouse at Chatham for keeping provisions. He wants 350l. for it, with a remission of 90l. due for rent to the State; as it is a rare opportunity, and will be of great advantage, desire their speedy decision. 150
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs The Speaker having come in very defective, asks whether she is to be docked 151
" " Wm. Serjant, clerk of the check, Islip, Liverpool. " Since coming from Scotland, has taken in 4 months' victuals, and the captain has received 14l. 10s. to buy the rest of the beer; waits a wind to sail. [Jas.] Standish, the treasurer who came with the 40,000l., is still on board, and is very desirous to be gone; on arriving at Dublin, he will wait upon Lord Fleetwood. Having again broken a cable, as none can be had at Liverpool, the ship will be in some danger, should they come upon a lee shore in a storm. 152
Nov. 28 Capt. Giles Shelley, Leith. Adm. Com. Got the money safe on shore, but has broken his anchor and cables, and those supplied by Major Burton at Yarmouth were not worth much; if they expect any service from him upon the coast, they must send some more. 153
" " Capt. Nich. Foster, Phanix, Downs. " Convoyed the James of London with provisions for Plymouth, but lost her in a storm, and having 5 feet of water in the hold, could not keep under sail, and was forced into the Isle of Wight, where he received orders from the Generals to hasten to the Downs, and inquire concerning his convoy, but could not hear anything of her. His powder and provisions are much damaged by wet; there is a great quantity of wreck floating between the Downs and the Isle of Wight. 154
" 29 Navy Comrs. " Have considered the petition of Hester Kelsby, concerning the wages of Mark Dunkin and Martin Utter, of the Nicodemus, and conferred with Capt. Ledgant, who certifies they were not runaways, but were committed to Capt. Young as mutineers, which is as bad; if payment is ordered of these, and especially for an alehouse score, it will bring the clamour of all delinquents upon them. 155
" " " " Mr. White, of Dover, advises the arrival of the Sea Horse from Vice-Admiral Lawson, having lost her anchor, cables, and sails, and been much damaged in a storm; desires orders respecting her. 156
" " E. Hayward and Robt. Sewell, Chatham Dock. Navy Comrs Account of old stores purchased by Mr. Gould 157
" 30 Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Portsmouth. Adm. Com. The Guinea and Sapphire have joined him on his station. Has sent the Nonsuch to Portsmouth with a ship richly laden from Leghorn, and with letters from Gen. Blake's fleet, off the Southern Cape, and in good condition. 158
" " Christ. Pett and 3 others, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Ask an order to entertain 20 men, as occasion may require, on board wages, in fitting out the ships at Woolwich. 159
" " Capt. Rich. Cowes, Cat, Dublin. Adm. Com. Has been plying on his station, but has not seen any of the enemy; has come in for new sails, being in danger in every storm. [Damaged.] 160
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. Navy Comrs There is a great charge for men, and little done for want of all sorts of materials, and particularly timber; although they have a good purveyor for it, he cannot satisfy the demand; Commissioner Pett having ordered another to look after some at Yarmouth, Arundel, and Walderswick, has appointed Ashley Bricklife, shipwright. Desires order to Mr. Shish at Deptford to supply what he can, as also a warrant and some money to the bearer to obtain what is needed; otherwise must discharge some of the men, and stop the repair and building of the ships. 161
Nov. Account of the stations of 40 ships appointed for the winter guard, and of 28 ordered in, and of the number of men to be borne on 44 ships. 162, 163
" Gen. Penn Request to know what brandy, masts, and cables, and other stores have been supplied from Deptford, Chatham, and Woolwich for his squadron; with returns thereon from Woolwich by Wm. Acworth, 15 Nov., Rob. Thomson, 15 Nov., John Davies, Deptford, 17 Nov. and another. 164–168
Nov ? Hen. Pardo Adm. Com. Desires leave of absence, to attend them to disprove aspersions made against him as boatswain of the Islip under Capt. Edw. Tarleton. 169
" Saml. Haggar " Petition for relief. Has served the State several years, and lost his leg by a shot when in the Worcester, at the engagement with the Dutch in July 1653. Has just been discharged from Bartholomew's Hospital with a yearly pension of 6l. 13s. 4d., and sends certificate. [Damaged.] 170, 171
" Note of the amount due to the owners of the Harry Bonadventure for freight, &c. 172
" Captains of vessels Storekeeper at Kinsale. Receipts for sundry stores for vessels, June to Nov. 1654 173–177