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

Date. From To Subject. References.
Vol. 91.
Dec. 1 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Account of the Swiftsure's squadron. The Recovery and other ships are taking in provisions; will hasten them away, as also the water ordered; one of their number has been daily down the river for that purpose. 1
" 2 Capt. Fras. Cranwell, Liverpool. Navy Comrs The weather has been bad, but hopes to float next spring tide. Received 200l. from Mr. Walley for wages, and 100l. towards fitting the Pink, but wants 200l. more to finish her, everything being so dear. Asks orders. 2
" " " " Adm. Com. To similar effect 3
" " Cuthbert Bembridge, boatswain, Paradox. " Petition for removal to the Constant Warwick. With certificates of Capts. Roger Jones and William Ledgant, and letter of Capt. Ant. Young in his favour. 4–6
" " Capt. Rich. Ducie, Nicodemus, Kinsale. " Had orders from General Fleetwood to ply westward, there being no other ship there. Met some Brest men-of-war upon the coast taking in water, but they did no harm. Having lost an anchor and cable, wants others, as it will be dangerous on those seas without. 7
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Sends instructions for Mr. Aldridge respecting timber in Dean Forest. They should begin with caution and satisfy themselves as to its cheapness and fitness for the service, and 2 or 3 others ought to be sent with him to methodise the business. Capt. Taylor has sent up Mr. Brickley about some; as Mr. Mapleson's hands are full, Brickley might go with Mr. Shish to look at that at Reading. 8
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Sends account by Jas. Carter of ships which are to receive 25 tuns of vinegar, but as only 15 tuns have arrived, desires an account. Gen. Desborow thinks the sawyers may be spared, expecting to find soldiers able to attend that work, provided they have tools supplied; cannot survey the ships until the fleet is gone. The glazier removed from the Discovery into the Swiftsure; demands payment of his ticket; the clerk of the Gillyflower wants his necessary money, but Major Manley says he has received it; the case should be investigated, so that his knavery or honesty may appear. 9, 10
" 3 Capt. Fras. Parke Adm. Com. Is told that if the muster books had been sent up, they would have been paid; the clerk of the check says they were given; sent him up to the Treasurer's office to see what hindered, and lest he should neglect his duty, has now sent up the lieutenant. 11
Dec. 4 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham Navy Comrs The Tiger has come in; will send her men to Deptford for their money. The Centurion is expected, and the Reserve being victualled will sail to-morrow. 12
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. Wants orders for paying the wages of the Tiger's men, and for turning the Elizabeth's company into other ships. As the victuallers have not sent down the Reserve's provisions, has ordered her to sail for the Hope. 13
" " Capt. Alex. Farly, Basing, Tynemouth Haven. Adm. Com. Has been delayed by the weather, which has been so bad that provision boats could not pass up and down the river, and the beef and pork not being sweet, had to wait for fresh. 14
" " Navy Comrs. " One of their number has been daily down the river to quicken the ships loading for Barbadoes, and all hands are doing their utmost, but every ship in the river is not ready at a day's warning to entertain such employment, and the weather has much hindered. 120 tuns of water will be shipped to-day, and the rest speedily. One of the great guns sunk has been recovered, and the other found, and when recovered, both will be shipped. 15
" " St. J. Steventon, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Sends some bills and a letter as ordered 16
" " Capt. Robt. Clarke, the Bristol, Downs. Adm. Com. The Tiger and others have sailed for Chatham and Harwich, so that there are only his ship, and the Phœnix and Fairfax now in the Downs. A ship from Holland bound for the East Indies beat over the Goodwin, and had not his boat and a dogger gone up, they would have run her on shore. Capt. Morcock of the Dover has arrived in a dogger from Portsmouth, with such materials as he had, and has now gone to Chatham, his goods being put on board the Centurion. 17
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Asks instructions as to purchasing leather hose for ships, and what ships were supplied with rosin, oil, and brimstone, as many demand them. 18
" " Capt. Joseph Ames, Winsby, Cat water, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Jno. Rievely, his master, long absent, has now deserted; wants another. The Pelican and Adventure are gone to sea; would have followed, but 20 of his company were suddenly taken with strange fits, like convulsions or calenture, which has discouraged many of the others from coming on board, fearing it to be infectious. 19
" " Wm. Billers, Ordnance Office. Note of muskets, pistols, &c. supplied to the William 20
" " Major Wm. Burton, Yarmouth. Navy Comrs The Colchester nearly came on shore while riding in the storm, but is sailing for Scotland. Has expended 2l. 5s. in recovering her anchor, part of the cable, &c. 21
" 5 Wm. Holmes, the Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Asks the reading of his petition for his wages as boatswain's mate of the Portsmouth, and leave to clear himself of the matters laid to his charge, and receive his due. 22
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. To like effect 23
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Complains of the great want of a master attendant, as the yard is in a condition of doing more service by the adding of another dock; much loss is occasioned by taking off the boatswain to other duties. 24
Dec. 5 Capt. Robt. Clarke, the Bristol. Adm. Com. The Levant from the Straits reports that he saw Gen. Blake's fleet there, and that on arriving at Malaga, a vessel which Capt. Badiley had taken came in, with advices to the English merchants that the French fleet of 22 sail and 10 or 12 galleys lay off Naples. 25
" " Capt. Jno. Gefferye, Nightingale, Lee Road. Robt. Blackborne. The treasurer having been on board and paid the men, sailed to the Lee Road; is waiting for sails from Chatham. Judge Advocate Fowler is on board, bound for the Downs. 26
" " Capt. Fras. Cranwell, Chester. Rich. Hutchinson, Navy Treasurer. On order of the Admiralty Committee, took up 100l. at Chester, 200l. more for 4 months' pay for his men, and to procure provisions, on 4 bills, and as Chas. Walley endorsed them, desires they may be punctually met. Could not proceed with the work on the ship this week owing to the weather. With note by Chas. Walley to the treasurer, that he marvels he should scruple at accepting the bill, it being part of the 200l. taken up by order of the Navy Commissioners, and payment promised, the denial of which will reflect upon him, and his readiness to serve the Commissioners deserved better respect. Col. Clarke also wonders what reason he has to deny it. 27
" 6 Geo. Barlow Col. Clerke Begs the place of lieutenant on the Ruby, Bridgwater, or Diamond. With certificate by John White and 2 others of his good conduct as clerk of the check of the Mathias. 5 Dec. 1654. 28, 29
" " Geo. Payler, Whitehall. Adm. Com. The Navy Commissioners have shipped 110 tons of biscuit, and the rest will be soon dispatched. Three hoys have been freighted with water, and 2 more will be sent away to-morrow, which will complete the 200 tuns. 30
" " Capt. Robt. Drew, Plover, Tynemouth Haven. " Having broken his boat, spent the maintopmast, &c., was forced into Holy Island by stress of weather. Will endeavour to recruit, and renew defective provisions, and then perform his charge. 31
" " Rich. Browne, Pembroke. " Capt. Penrose, of the Nonsuch, has sailed towards the Land's End; but as the easterly wind may force him into Kinsale, will keep their letter to him until he hears further. There is no man of-war at Portsmouth, the Greyhound having sailed with Major Wallas. 32
" " Jas. Reynolds, Dover Adm. Com. Sends letters from Gen. Blake and others. Is bound for Dunkirk, where he will unload, and then return to Cadiz. Conceives that since the General's departure from Cadiz, the French ships have got into the Straits, save the fire-ship which was taken before he left Cadiz. 33
" " Rich. Hill " Petition for the boatswain's place in the Sparrow, having so served 4 years; is now in the Adviser. With certificate by Capt. Thos. Sankey and 2 others in his favour, and certificate by Geo. Kendall that the boatswain of the Sparrow, fitting at Woolwich, has deserted. 34–36
" " Navy Comrs. " Recommend Capt. Wm. Badiley as master attendant at Woolwich. Hoped that in times of less action that charge might be spared, but find the service much suffers from want of one, there being now two docks there. 37
" " " " Would have sent one of their Commissioners down the river to dispatch the Crow, but she had only 25 men, and if a Commissioner were present, the captain would have wanted a press warrant, though they are so accustomed to press without; thought best to send a messenger to hasten her. Nevertheless, if their presence may do anything, will go. 38
Dec. 6 Capt. Jno. Geffery, Nightingale, Lee Road. Adm. Com. Recommends Wm. Center as cook, in place of Meredith Price, against whom there are great complaints. With 2 certificates of the officers that Price is much given to drink, swearing, and railing, and his unhandsome manner of ordering meat has much disturbed and prejudiced the ship. 39–41
" " Wm. Serjant, clerk of the check, Islip, Dublin Bay. Navy Comrs Sailed from Liverpool on the 1st with Mr. Standish, the treasurer, and the money, and landed them at Dublin; had orders from Lord Fleetwood to cruise between the coast of Scilly and Cape Clear. Saw Capt. Sherwin with 4 vessels laden with provisions for Col. Bryan at Lochaber garrison, safe on their course. Hears of 2 pirates near Kinsale, and hopes to light upon them. Had a violent storm in going from Liverpool to Kinsale. The surgeon's mate is acting as surgeon, according to their order, and the chest has been preserved. 42
" 7 Capt. Fras. Cranwill, Liverpool. Adm. Com. Hopes to float the ship next spring tide. Is in hand with the sails, but canvas is dear and scarce at Liverpool, and so are all sorts of provisions; paid 4s. for 100 bricks to mend the chimney, a price never known in London. Has powder, and hopes shortly to dispatch the carpenters. 43
" " Prize officers " Reply to theirs that the reason the John Baptist has lain so long was because she was claimed. The case was heard in the Admiralty Court yesterday, when the landing and sale of her goods were ordered, as also a commission to appraise her, on return of which, judgement will be given. There are no more waiters on her than needful; one man is not sufficient in case of storm or accident; have always been careful to secure ships and goods at as little expense as possible. There was an order to bring the Ann of Dieppe with hides to London, but it was altered. She has not been in port 10 weeks, as it is not 30 days since she was taken, and the case of this ship and her lading is before his Highness and Council. Have no 2 ships with salt and prunes, but had lately 6 with salt at Portsmouth, and the lading has been sold. 44
" " John Packwood, Woolwich. " Asks whether the Speaker, when in harbour, is only to have a boatswain and one servant, as ordered for other ships. 45
" 8 Capt. Edw. Tarleton, Islip, Dublin Bay. " Delivered the 40,000l. to the Treasurers-at-war at Dublin, and sends receipt of Jas. Standish and Wm. Blackwell for it. Encloses an order from the Lord Deputy and Council of Ireland to him, to cruise for 3 months between Kinsale and Scilly; will use all diligence therein. As he lost one of his anchors at Liverpool, and has but 2, and 2 cables left, hopes to be supplied at Kinsale. 46, 46a, 47
" " Comr. Peter Pett, London. Robt, Blackborne. Recommends Ashley, boatswain of the Constant Warwick, for an appointment in the Rainbow 48
" " Capt. Philip Gethings, Harwich. Adm. Com. Has come in by order of Gen. Penn to land sick men, to clean and tallow, and then to return to the Downs, and observe the orders of the Commander-in-Chief. The sickness on board has stayed, but one is dead, and two are not likely to recover; has not above 20 he shall land, save those already on shore. 49
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. Asks whether the vessel and wools he seized have been condemned in the Exchequer 50
" " Chas. Taylor, surveyor, Bristol. Navy Comrs Will not be able to launch the frigate building there before next February 51
Dec. 8 Jonas Shish, and Math. Chase. [Navy Comrs.] Have viewed Mr. Green and Mr. Goffe's tar, and find it fit for service 52
" " Col. Christ. Whichcote, Windsor Castle. Navy Comrs Has safely received 500 barrels of powder from the Ordnance officers for the use of the garrison; 100 were sent last Dec. by his Highness' order, which Commissary Thos. Fowler laid up with his other stores for the army. Has himself 14 barrels for the garrison's account, and uses as little as possible. Disbursed 4l. 6d. for carriage, and desires payment of his bill, enclosed. 53, 54
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. " The Nantwich sticks in the builder's hands longer than was expected; all things needful are ready for her when completed. 55
" 9 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Sends account of additional supplies needed for Gen. Penn's fleet; cannot obtain them there; desires they may be sent by this day week, when the fleet will be ready to sail. Cannot hear of the arrival of any smiths or masons, save one on the Lion. 56
" " Customs' officers Commander of Plymouth Fort. Being empowered by the Protector and Parliament to manage the Customs, find an obstruction, because vessels are suffered to pass that fort outward before they have cleared at the custom house at Plymouth; desire that none be allowed to pass unless they produce a clearance under the hand of Geo. Strelley. 57
" 10 John Morris, Gravesend. Navy Comrs Capt. Thompson of the Crow cannot sail, having only 35 on board, and they mostly officers and boys. 58
" " Capt. Giles Shelley and Wm. Bolter, the Colchester. " No cable was received at Portsmouth for the Waterhound by Hen. Coleman, alias Rhodes, after she came from the engagement off Portland. With account of what was expended on board from 29 Nov. 1652 to 11 Aug. 1653, and note of 5l. 8s. 6d. due for Rhodes' pay. 59–61
" 11 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " 3 or 4 smiths have arrived for the Mathias. Asks whether to recruit the medicine chest of the Grantham, not in his list, as the surgeon had his first supply in London. 62
" " Capt. Fras. Parke, Great President, Spurm. Adm. Com. Has seen the Hull ship to the Humber, and is now proceeding to his station; if he has a storm at N. or N.E., and cannot hold out, will rendezvous at Burlington Bay. 63
" " Major N. Bourne, Navy Office. Robt. Blackborne. Has been down the river, and finds the ships lading for Barbadoes may be dispatched in 7 days, if the weather is fair and the goods are sent. Those with water are gone. 64
" " Wm. Hayes, Lion, Spithead. Navy Comrs Sends duplicates of 8 tickets out of 10 made for discharged men since the ship was paid off 65
" " Prize officers Account of ships and goods uncondemned and undisposed of, of those uncondemned but disposed of, and of those condemned and ordered to be sold. 66
" 12 Ordnance officers Adm. Com. Have shipped 500 barrels of powder in the Laurence, for transportation to Leith, and desire a convoy for her. 67
" " Jno. Morris, Gravesend. Navy Comrs The Crow has been furnished with necessaries, but wants an anchor, and an order to take 20 able men from the Reserve in the Hope, when she will be ready to sail. 68
Dec. 12 Capt. Joseph Cubitt, Dartmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Account of guns found in 35 prizes captured by the Portsmouth while he had the command of her; desires he will inform the Commissioners thereof, as his company were concerned therein, and expect an account from him. There are some bankers yet to sell at Plymouth, and as he lost part of several ships this war, would be thankful for one of them at the appraised value. 69
" " Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, the Weymouth, Deptford. Adm. Com. Could not sail through the non-arrival of the provisions and beer: if they are received to-morrow, will sail to the Hope on Friday. 70
" 13 Navy Comrs. Robt. Blackborne. Ask what ships upon or intended for the Scottish coast they are to supply with cables and anchors. 71
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, and 3 others. Valuation of timber to be sold by Mr. Wait, being from 3l. to 4l. per load 72
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Asks whether the clerk of the check of the Adam and Eve has had any supplies; cannot find him on the paper sent down by Major Manley. 73
" " " " " What Mr. Dimocke wrote as to the boatswain of the Waterhound being supplied with a cable is true; he had a warrant from the clerk of the survey to deliver one, and it is entered in the book as having been delivered, but no one will swear that the boatswain received it. 74
" 14 Rich. Browne, Pembroke. Adm. Com. Asks an order to the victuallers to reimburse him for a month's provisions supplied to the Mayflower, when she was weatherbound in the harbour, and could not proceed to Kinsale to recruit. 75
" 15 Capt. Fras. Cranwill, Hare pink. " Perceives they are not satisfied with the charges incurred, but everything is very dear, and for ready money; has thoroughly repaired and launched the pink, and when fitted and victualled, will be willing to sail; as she is now in good condition, and fit for service, hopes they will not think so much of the expense. Thanks for the 100l. for his men, but shall want more to carry the work on. 76
" " John Morris, Gravesend. Navy Comrs Wants an order for provisions and beer for the Reserve; asks whether she is to be put into harbour victuals, or break up her sea store. The Crow has sailed. 77
" " Alex. Bence, Alicant " Sends a packet from General Robt. Blake, as also some bills on the Commissioners of Customs for wine and casks supplied to his fleet. 78
" 16 Capt. Thos. Sparling, Assistance, Plymouth. Gen. Desborow, Whitehall. Sailed from Cowes with the vessel laden with powder, according to Gen. Penn's order, and on arriving at Plymouth, received instructions to continue upon the coast, which he will observe. 79
" " Phineas Pett, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne. They are repairing the ships in harbour, and the keel of the new one is laid, but the works are stayed for want of timber. Sends an enclosure to Gen. Blake's fleet. 80
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Renews his demand for New England masts, as he understands Major Sedgwick has arrived; several ships are waiting for them, and not one in store. 81
Dec. 18 Capt. Fras. Cranwell Two accounts of disbursements for the Hare pink since Nov. 1654 82, 83
" " Capt. Robt. Claye, Bryer, Hope. Adm. Com. Has procured within 30 of his number of men, and hopes to obtain the remainder by the time their order arrives to sail. 84
" " Capt. John Bourne, the Portsmouth, Plymouth Sound. " Has come in for sails, water, &c., and when supplied, will return to his station. Has ordered the Pelican and 3 others to Portsmouth, to be refitted and victualled, so has only 4 of his squad ron left, and some of them are in want of necessaries. 85
" " Wm. Tatnam, Exeter Castle. Account of arms, ordnance, &c. received of Capt. Unton Croke of Col. Berrys' regiment, by order of Gen. Desborow, and carried to Falmouth. 86
" " Capt. Robt. Drew, Newcastle. Adm. Com. Was forced in by foul weather and badness of his provisions; has received a supply for 4 months; will sail to the place assigned with the first wind. 87
" " Edm. Hopgood Muster of John Deane, Marshal-General, and Jno. Lawton, his deputy, and 6 servants, for this present sea expedition. 88
" " Christ. Coles Rob. Thomson. Desires an order to the Navy treasurer for payment of some of his bills to the bearer, Thos. Ellis, for provisions delivered at Chatham, Woolwich, and Deptford, as he could not wait any longer in town for the treasurer's return. 89
" " Capt. N. Heaton, Sapphire, Falmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Is bound to Portsmouth to revictual, but forced in by an easterly wind. News at sea is rare, other than loss of masts, shipwrecks, and tempestuous weather, whereof he has had much, and on the 21st ult., was hard put to it, and experienced the words of the 26th and 27th verse of the 107th Psalm to the letter. Hears that many ships have been lost, and is thankful he was preserved; had some men washed overboard. 90
" " Capt. Philip Gethings, the Preston, Harwich. " Has seized 99 hhds. of train oil in the Sayrey hoy from Holland, and a quantity of pitch, linseed, oil, yarn, kettles, and coppers, in the Golden Pigeon of Amsterdam; will advise with the Customs' Commissioners at Ipswich thereon. Hears the agent for sick and wounded has come down; his sick men have been much slighted by the powers of Harwich, who put them into a house without windows for several days, whereby one is likely to lose his life, and another had saved his limbs if he had had a proper place to go to on shore. Has had 6 fallen sick since he came in, one having the small pox. Has been waiting 5 days for a wind to sail. With receipt for 2l. for sending an express to Whitehall and back, because the mayor of Harwich would not receive the men with small pox. 91, 92
" " Thos. Haiter, Portsmouth. Edw. Hopkins, Navy Comr. Has been detained by illness, and is now ordered to remain to assist Mr. Poortman in paying ships when they are fitted and out in the bay. The Torrington and her squadron have taken in all their soldiers and will sail to-morrow. 93
" 19 Saml. Larke, Plymouth Fort. Gen. Jno. Desborow. Sends account by Robt. Dobell, keeper of the stores, of 690 barrels of powder there. The 300 barrels ordered have arrived, and been stowed in the fort and castle; the Portsmouth, Pelican, and Assistance, who convoyed it, have come in, as also several Dutch and merchant ships. 94, 95
" " " " Adm. Com. The William of London has arrived with the 300 barrels of powder, and is ready to sail with the 200 for Pendennis. 96
Dec. 19 Phineas Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Having received 2 warrants for the carpenter's place in the Tiger, one for Jno. Gale, and the other for Ezekiah Purnell, desires further directions. Has received 30l. 7s. 1d. on account of 38l. of Mr. Randall for decayed provisions. Did not deduct the 20s. in the 100l. according to the contract with Mr. Ellis, the sailmaker; asks whether to deduct it in his last bill about to be sent in. 97
" " Capt. Philip Gethings. Robt. Blackborne. Has delivered the two vessels seized with prohibited goods from Holland to the Customs' officers, Ipswich; begs he will stand their friend that they may have the seizure, or such an allowance from the farmers as is given to others in like cases. 98
" " Wm. Steventon, the Grantham. Navy Comrs Sends the duplicates of some tickets for the pay to some of the seamen's wives, as also of those discharged sick and unfit for service. 99
" " Capt. Fras. Cranwill, Chester. Adm. Com. Has launched the Pink, and will soon be able to sail to his station. Regrets the expense incurred in refitting owing to the high prices, having to pay 4s. for 100 bricks, and 2s. 6d. a day to the carpenters, with other things in proportion. Has several bills signed by Col. Cooper, and hopes they will take some course for payment, for the sake of his wife and family. 100
" 20 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Sends the names of 15 ships of the squadron this day put to sea; the rest would have followed if the water vessels had arrived. Shipped 45 horses, and will have the remainder on board to-morrow. 101, 102
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Ask an order to continue payment of 50l. to Jane, widow of Edm. Nightingale, slain in the war with the Dutch, for the use of her child. The Commissioners for Prize Goods decline paying it on the Navy Commissioners' warrant. With the warrant of the Admiralty Committee, 25 April 1653, for payment to her of 100l.; letter of the Sick and Wounded Committee, 18 Dec. 1654, that they have only paid her 60l., and security should be taken for the rest; request for its payment to Capt. Jno. Strange and Thos. Symonds on her behalf, and their bond in 100l. to pay it to her. 103, 108
" " Capt. Phil. Gethings, Preston frigate. Account of goods, consisting of train oil, whalebone, nutmegs, &c., seized in the Mary hoy of Ipswich; also deposition of Thos. Boones, of Ipswich, mariner, that he helped to take out of the hoy, riding at Ipswich, 50 hogsheads of oil, a quantity of whalebone, and 40 or 50 dry casks. 109, 110
" " Navy Comrs. Estimate of debts owing in the Navy office, as also upon contracts, and the amounts to be provided by the end of March for wages, stores, &c.; with the charge of 8,000 men in 60 ships for the summer guard in 1655. Total, 850,610l. 111
" " Col. W. Sydenham Adm. Com. Recommends Hen. Maper as a clerk of the check, his last ship being laid aside 112
" " Capt. Robt. Clarke, the Bristol, Downs. " On an order from the Protector to provide a frigate to carry Mr. Gage, minister of Deal, to Portsmouth, appointed the Fagons, which has sailed with him. Wants an anchor for the Advice, and some cables for his own ship and another. 113
" 22 " " Navy Comrs Examined the business concerning the 2 soldiers' tickets, and has found one belonging to Jas. Fletcher, and made out and sent up a new one for the other. 114
Dec. 22 Capt. Edw. Tarleton, Islip, Dublin Bay. Adm. Com. The shipwright that built the Islip made a mistake, as her bearing is too low by 2 feet, so that when her provisions are in, her bearing lies almost under water; she must be girdled. Sends an order from the Lord Deputy and Council of Ireland, 21 Dec., to convoy 2 ships to Cork with provisions for the army, then proceed to Bristol to have his ship strengthened, and return to Dublin. 115, 116
" " Capt. Fras. Cranwill, Hare, Liverpool. Navy Comrs Sends account of the expenditure of 200l. imprest, and of disbursements in refitting and furnishing his ship. Has received 300l., and expended 162l. 8s. 4d. above that amount; desires it may be cleared. 117, 118
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Have provided the cables and anchors for the frigates on the coast of Scotland; as the victuallers are not freighting any vessel bound there, have hired a Scotchman to take them. 119
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " Has no news of the Nonsuch and Hope, but will send up their men on arrival. If they agree with Mr. Waite for his timber, which is large and very dear, it should be equally distributed between the yards of Chatham, Woolwich, and Deptford. 120
" " Chas. Walley, Chester. Rich. Hutchinson. The bill for 40l., payable to Rich. Piggot having been mislaid, encloses another, and desires payment, having received the value from Wm. Legg. Asks whether to pay Capt. Cranwill 149l. odd, balance due for fitting out his frigate. 121
" " Tim. Carme, the Selby, Portsmouth Road. [Navy Comrs.]. Sends up the muster books, and duplicates of the tickets he was necessitated to give to some of the men. 122
" 23 Rich. Poulter, Ordnance office. Account of gunpowder bought by Jno. Freeman for the State, on which a bill of imprest was made out for 528l. 1s. 123
" " Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, the Weymouth, Gravesend. Adm. Com. Most of the foremast men ran away when paid, though leaving 3 months' pay due, but some have returned. Will try to get more. 124
" 24 Capt. Robt. Saunders, Dover frigate. General Desborow. Will do his utmost to prove his affection for the present Government, which neither Generals Dean nor Monk have had any reason to doubt. 125
" 25 " " Navy Comrs Begs consideration of his charge in coming from the Essex to the Tredagh, and in taking the latter from Deptford to Long Reach, and allowance as former commanders. Had he continued in the Tredagh, should not have thought his care and charge too much, as he was never in a better ship, which is to the builder's credit; Comr. Willoughby will certify his readiness in assisting to fit out the ships for the service. 126
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne. Begs him to inform the Admiralty Committee that the Centurion is at anchor near the Sovereign, and to obtain their order to the Treasurer and Navy Commissioners for the pay of her men, whom he will send up to Deptford. Recommends Jno. Gail as carpenter in the Tiger, he having so served in the Greyhound for 2 years; had he not also served him 7 years, should have said more in his commendation. 127
Dec. 25 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Sends certificate of a survey made by Jno. Tippetts and 2 others of the ships in harbour; as the fleet is dispatched, has ordered the men to go to work upon them with expedition. 128, 129
" " Wm. Hayes, Portsmouth. " Sends duplicates of some tickets granted to his men, and desires they may pass 130
" " Robt. Moore Adm. Com. Petition for the boatswain's place in the Mary prize, having served many years; was at the taking of Scilly and Barbadoes, under Sir Geo. Ayscue, as midshipman in the Mary, and in the engagement with the Dutch off Portland. With certificate by Capt. H. Maddison and 3 others in his favour. 131, 132
" " Capt. Lamb. Cornelius, Weymouth. " Received their order, and will ship and carry the money to Jersey on its arrival 133
" " Capt. John Bourne, the Portsmouth, Plymouth Sound. " Came in for sails, victuals, &c.; has been detained by the weather, but hopes to proceed to his station to-morrow. Particulars of the movements of ships. 134
" 26 Capt. Wm. Crispin, Laurel, off the Lizard. " Was ordered by Rear-Admiral Dakins to lie out, so as to speak with any ship homeward bound, and inform them that the Major-General and all the rest on board the squadron were well, and only wanted the Indian, who has not yet joined. The wind is at S.S.W. 135
" " Capt. Thos. Sparling. Assistance, Falmouth. General Desborow, Whitehall. Has been detained at Plymouth by the foul weather; on proceeding to Falmouth, met the Saphire, who signalled, being in distress for want of provisions, by holding up empty cans and platters; found they had but 2 days' at half allowance, to which they had been confined for some days. Could not then supply them with the 14 days' provisions demanded, as no boat could lie by her side, but will do so, and then proceed to his station, as ordered by Capt. Bourne. 136
" " Capt. Fras. Cranwill, Hare, Liverpool. Adm. Com. His account sent up will show that he has not expended a penny more than needed in repair of his pink; had he been timely supplied with money to discharge his engagements, would have long since been at his station. 137
" 27 Navy Comrs. " Have freighted the Recovery, William, Morning Star, and Edward, to carry the goods for Barbadoes, and they are now in the river waiting for a wind. 138
" " Capt. Robt. Clarke, the Bristol, Downs. Navy Comrs Will deliver their letter to Capt. Fenn of the Augustine, on his arrival from New England with the masts. Wants an anchor for Capt. Allen of the Advice, and some cables, and oars for his own ship and the Fagons. 139
" 28 Capt. Alex. Farley, Basing, Cockenny Road. Adm. Com. After receiving his provisions at Newcastle, set sail, but the weather proving very bad, was forced into the Firth. 140
" " Col. Rich. Ingoldsby Certificate that Abr. Barnes, soldier, served in the Assurance, but came sick from shipboard, and is now in Ely House Hospital. 141
Dec. 29 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. The Pelican has arrived from Plymouth with orders to go to Chatham for repair, and the Advice to be fitted there, but as her defects are so great, and as they are much behind by the fleet's long abode there, thinks she had better go to Chatham. The Little Charity has 20 tuns of water on board, and if there were not a stay for casks, might take in the horses. 142
" " Capt. Rich. Cowes, Cat, Dublin. " Has been ordered by the Lord Deputy and Council to stay to convoy the ships with horses for Scotland; they supplied him with new sails the better to perform the service. 143
" " Capt. Fras. Cranwill, Liverpool. " Waits a confirmation of former credit, and directions to conclude what was begun by their orders. Is grieved to be compelled to stay, being victualled and fitted, but cannot sail without money, or settlement of his account. Has been twice to Chester, but cannot receive any money from Mr. Walley. 144
" " Capt. Robt. Clarke, the Bristol, Downs. Robt. Blackborne. The hoys bound to Portsmouth were seen by 2 London ships bound for the East Indies. Apologises for troubling the Admiralty Committee instead of the Navy Commissioners for anchors and cables. Sent the Advice to Dieppe to fetch the Marquis Fisco, but he had left. There are several ships at Dunkirk waiting for a convoy. Mr. Poortmans has paid his company, and is now paying the Fairfax. 145
" " Wm. Serjeant and 2 others, Dublin Bay. Adm. Com. Certify that the builder of the Islip has made her bearing too low, and she would be in danger in a strong gale. 146
" 30 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " As the Little Charity may sail by Wednesday, desires the captain may have instructions. Particulars of ships in the road bound for the Downs. 147
" " Jno. Parker Certificate that he ordered Stephen Day, steward of the Truelove, to deliver the empty casks on shore at Wexford and Dublin, as mentioned in his receipt, having no room to stow them. 148
" " Capt. Ja. Terry and 3 others. Certificate that they surveyed the Pelican prize, and found her stern and headings rotten and defective, insomuch that the sea had a constant course in, and the spikes and bolts had very little hold in the stern; her officers, soldiers, and men were very unwilling to proceed further in her, but very free to go on their voyage. [2 copies.] 149, 150
" " Capt. Robt. Haytubbe, Little Charity, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Is fitting out his ship, and has most of the water stowed, and as he hopes to be ready next week, asks orders how to proceed, as other ships are expected bound the same way. 151
" 31 Capt. Robt. Clarke, the Bristol, Downs. " Sends particulars of ships in or from the Downs. Will give Capt. Penrose of the Nonsuch notice of their order on his arrival. 152–153
" " " " Navy Comrs Will direct Capt. Thompson of the Crow to come in, and will observe their order on the arrival of the Augustine. The Advice wants an anchor, and his ship and the Fagons want cables, &c. Also wants some ballast, which Mr. White at Dover says will cost 3s. 6d. per ton, and his boats cannot fetch any. 154
Dec. 31. Geo. Gosnell, Ipswich Capt. Phil. Gethings. Hears from Mr. Papworth, their officer at Harwich, that he has delivered up the two vessels, and also that he is about to sail; will see that his 3rd part therein is paid. With 2 receipts for cask had from Gethings. 155–157
" " Thos. White, Dover Account of disbursements for ships named since 2 Oct., total 58l. 19s. 3d. 158
Dec. ? John Wager, boatswain of the Tiger. Navy Comrs Certificate that Capt. Peacock, on 24 Oct. last, took a State's pinnace from the shore at Harwich, and left a decayed one in her place. 159
" Capt. Rob. Mackey Adm. Com. Has been detained by had weather, so that the pilot would not venture to carry him out, but will sail with the first wind. 160