Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.: March 1655

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'Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.: March 1655', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1655, (London, 1881) pp. 437-456. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/domestic/interregnum/1655/pp437-456 [accessed 12 April 2024]


March 1655

Date. From To Subject. References.
March 1655. Vol. 105.
March 1 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order the refitting 8 ships named, for the Western expedition, viz., the Gift, Paul, Welcome, Mary prize, Church, Hope, Middleborough, and Marmaduke. 1
" " " " Order the refitting the Plover, designed for guard of the Iceland fishery 2
" " " " Order for the Lyme to be fitted and victualled for present service, and the seamen of the Portsmouth to be turned over to her, and paid their wages when in the road. 3
" " " " Order to make out a bill to Rich. Hill, of Rochester, for 15l., for services in discovering embezzlements of powder and other stores of value. 4
" " " Clerk of the check and storekeeper at Chatham. Order to enter all seamen who come on board the Phœnix at Chatham, not exceeding 140, and to issue the necessary provisions, as she is to be fitted for sea. 5
" " Major W. Burton, Yarmouth. Adm. Com. Has no chests of silver; received two chests of coin, one of Dutch shillings and the other of double stivers, and when at Whitehall, showed some of them to Lord Strickland and Col. Clarke, and sent 3 pieces of each to a merchant at Rotterdam, to see if they would pass current, as they would not realize much here. Gave Capt. Hayward a receipt for them as of the value of 12,000 guilders; the Prize Commissioners sent about them, but as the Admiralty Commissioners ordered him to retain them, has done so; would be glad to get rid of them. 6
" " Capt. Robt. Mackey, the Yarmouth, Downs. " Regrets his delay, but could not get out of Berwick until the 18th; was kept several days in Hoseley Bay by a southerly wind. 7
" " Capt. Math. Browne, Wren, Milford Haven. " Had orders from the Lord Deputy of Ireland to ply between Waterford and Milford until his provisions were expended, and then go to Kinsale for a supply, and to Dublin for further orders, but has been forced in by foul weather and shortness of victuals. 8
" " Capt. Jno. Geffery, Nightingale, Plymouth. " Has come in to revictual and tallow, and will return to his station a
" " Edm. Harvy, Mar. Hildesley, Custom House, London. Thos. Smith, Navy Comr, Seething Lane. His Highness and the Council having directed that all decayed provisions unfit for service shall be exported free of custom, on the letter or certificate of the Navy Commissioners, want authority to export some for Mr. Gauden. 9
March 1 Capt. Phil. Gethings, the Preston, Downs. Robt. Blackborne Finds no seizure in roads will stand good in law, so will be cautions for the future. Sent up the examination of the master and two of the men in the ship taken; if she proves prize, hopes consideration; has paid tickets to some of his men under a mistake, amounting to 20l.; begs they may be passed by the Treasurer, as, having 7 children, he cannot afford to lose the money. Wants to convoy ships to the West Indies, as he is well acquainted with the Islands. 10
" 2 " " " Is ordered to convoy two West India ships to the Land's End, and then return to his station off the Isle of Wight. Has served by sea and land, besides being in the engagements with the Dutch, and the putting of him into a 3rd-rate ship was a mere mistake. 11
" " Saml. Whittell, Custom House, London. Navy Comrs They should state, in their certificates allowing the export of defective provisions, that they are sent out as the Commonwealth's goods. 12
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. " Account of provisions required for the stores. Has surveyed the Nonsuch, and finds she wants sheathing. 13
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Have directed the sheathing of the ships; the Hope, which is going for Barbadoes, is the fittest ship to fetch the masts from New England. 14
" " Capt. Robert Claye, Bryer, Catwater, Plymouth. " Has come in to refit and victual for 6 weeks. Is sorry his coming in a month since gave offence, but his rudder was defective; Capt. Bourne was satisfied about it. 15
" " Capt. N. Heaton, Saphire, Plymouth Sound. Robt. Blackborne. Has had very bad weather since coming from Portsmouth. Received orders from Vice-Adm. Lawson, and having put his pilot on shore, will observe them; 3 of the squadron are in Catwater. 16
" " Vice Adm. Jno. Lawson, Fairfax, Downs. Adm. Com. Sends account of the provisions on board the Bristol and Preston; also a survey of the Morning Star, which is leaky; has changed some of her men who were refractory. The Yarmouth is plying in the Narrow with the Gainsborough. 17-19
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to haul the Old Warwick and Convert on shore, and two of their number to attend their survey, and send an account of the charge for refitting them for a voyage to the West Indies; also to dispatch the Constant Warwick, Drake, and Truelove to sea. 20
" " " " Order that the Plover, designed for guard of the Iceland fishery, carry 70 men and 22 guns 21
" " " " Order for refitting the Elizabeth for summer service in the Channel 22
" " " Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to suspend the payment of money to the gunners of the Adventure and Nonsuch 23
" 3 Capt. Anth. Archer, Augustine, Portsmouth Harbour. Adm. Com. The provisions, &c., of the Pelican have been removed into the Augustine; is rigging her, and hopes shortly to be at Spithead. Wishes to take some of the men out of the Reserve, as they are difficult to be got at Portsmouth. 24
March 3 Christ. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Cannot perfect the works on the Welcome while afloat. Has sent up a demand for necessaries 25
" " Vice-Adm. Jno. Lawson, Fairfax, Downs. Blackborne. Thanks for forwarding his letters. The Barbadoes and many more English and Dutch ships are still in the Downs, Is willing to keep in the Fairfax this summer, if cleaning her will serve, but wants more broken guns for ballast. The Yarmouth has 46 guns, and as she is only allowed 140 men, supposes some of her guns are to be abated, so will take what is ordered out of her. Asks whether the Speaker is to be one of the summer guard. 26
" 4 " " Adm. Com. Stations of ships. The Preston is going as convoy to those bound for Barbadoes 27
" " Major Rich. Elton, Hull. " Will send up an account of the guns and amunition. Wonders there is no money allowed for contingencies, having expended 50l. of his own. 28
" " Capt. Thos. Sankey, Adviser. " Has orders from Vice-Adm. Lawson to go northwards with the Advice, to search all ships bound to any port in the north of England; desires order, having only 14 days' victuals on board. Will water in Burlington Bay. 29
" 5 Capt. Fras. Parke, Great President, Tynemouth. " Has been plying about Tynemouth, and was forced almost as far as the Arcades Isles, by the easterly winds. 30
" " Capt. Mich. Tarleton, Liverpool. Robt. Blackborne Capt. Tarleton of the Islip has been fitted with a cable and revictualled, and sailed with Col. Sankey and 4 other late Parliament men for Dublin. 31
" " Capt. Lambert Cornelius, Weymouth. Adm. Com. Desires order to transport Cornet Brookes and 5 horses to Jersey, and then to convoy some merchantmen of Dorchester, as 4 vessels richly laden have lately been taken by some Brest men-of-war. 32
" " Thos. Spaight, clerk of the check, Nicodemus, Kinsale. Navy Comrs Sends two muster books. Has been on the Irish coast since May, by direction of Gen. Fleetwood. Took some goods brought from England for Major Jas. Harrison to Limerick. 33
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Send certificate of a survey of the Middleborough at Portsmouth; and as she will not be fit for the service intended, desire they will appoint another. 34, 35
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to appoint two of their clerks to assist Major Manley and Mr. Wilson in perfecting Stewards' accounts. 36
" 6 " " Order to make out a bill for 6l. 12s. 8d. for disbursements by Hen. Webley, messenger, for the Navy. 37
" " Col. E. Grosvenor Col. Clarke. Begs an interview and employment for the bearer, as none will serve more faithfully 38
" " Jas. Jenifer, Mary Rose, St. Helen's Point. Navy Comrs All tickets made by him before the 1st instant have been sealed, but not in folio, as he had not received notice from the clerk of the General to keep his books and tickets in folio. The fleet with the Generals is under sail. 39
" " Thos. Pointer [Robt.] Blackborne.] Asks the place of clerk of the check in the Lyme frigate at Portsmouth 40
March 7 Edw. Tuke, Southsea Castle. Gen. Jno. Desborow. Begs that his son, who has been appointed check to the Lyme, may have his name recorded as such. 41
" " J. Goddard Col. Clarke. Asks him to further the petition of Robert Cook before the Admiralty Commissioners; such a hard measure to any of his condition in the Navy has not been known before. Is convinced of the necessity of thriftiness and saving to the public at the present time, but not by the ruin of particular persons. 42
" " " Gen. Desborow. To the same effect 43
" " Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Lyme, Portsmouth Harbour. Adm. Com. Has taken charge of the Lyme and removed the Portsmouth's men into her. Wants some broken guns for ballast; Mr. Newberry, the storekeeper, has 30 or 40 tons. The Pelican is unfit for service. The Augustine has most of her provisions, but wants men. 44
" " " Robt. Blackborne. The gunner of the Portsmouth has been sent up to London. Is sorry those gunners and servants of the State prove so unfaithful, and hopes they will be made an example of. Sends a letter from Mr. Strelly, and an information respecting the vessels he seized at Plymouth. Begs help therein. 45
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Have examined Major Rob. Sedgwick's accounts, and find there is 1,638l. 9s. 0½d. due to him. A person should be appointed to keep an inventory of the stores left in the forts, and the commanders should be charged therewith, or the forts should be disposed of to private persons, and relieve the State of the charge. 46
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Sends a survey by Samuel Raven, of the Convert, which is not fit for foreign employment, but may be made fit for a summer's voyage. 47, 48
" " Adm. Com. Warrant to receive Hen. Dunning into his charge and detain him in safe custody, for embezzling large quantities of gunpowder belonging to the State. Cancelled. 49
" " Hen. Dunning Examination as to powder embezzled by him and others from ships. Admits that as a hoyman employed to carry the powder from Chatham, Deptford, and other stores, he has embezzled 500 barrels within the last 4 years, but refuses to state who bought it, as it would undo a thousand families. 50, 51
" " Manlie Callis, Deptford. Navy Comrs Wants 12 loads of fir timber for sheathing the Church and Hope, and a warrant for entering 14 caulkers. 52
" " Capt. Rich. Cowes, Cat, Dublin. " Received 6,318l. for payment of the 6 troops of horse sent to Scotland, and delivered it to Major Dan. Redman, at Ayr; landed the horses under the command of Capt. Lisle, at Loch Rian, in Scotland, and then returned to Dublin, where he waits orders. Wants a new cable. 53
" " Capt. Christ. Myngs, Elizabeth, Chatham. Adm. Com. Came in by order of the Navy Commissioners to refit. The carpenters will finish in eight days, when he will be ready to victual. Has had 46 men turned over from the Phœnix. 54
" " Margery Dinnison, Wapping. Mr. Hopkins, Navy Comrs She or her son will attend him on Friday, and, if he will sign her bills, she will pay him what she owes out of the proceeds. 55
March 8 Capt. Hen. Hatsell. Navy Comrs Desires that 1200 or 1500 deals may be sent in the ship carrying the stores to Plymouth 56
" " Capt. Thos. Harrison, Upnor Castle. [Adm. Com.] Is preparing the account required, but being ordered by the Protector to attend Lieut.-Col. Kelsey on the service he is upon, it will be delayed a few days. Has furnished the foot companies with powder, match, and bullet, and receiving notice from the Ordnance Office that 7 barrels of powder had been left at Snodland, sent there for it, to remain in the castle until wanted. During the 4 years he has been Governor, has always ordered his men to attend their duties, and they have continued on hard duty, which shall be maintained. Wants the victuallers to supply one or two months' provision of biscuit and cheese; also wants more powder and shot. 57
" " Peter Harris, late clerk of the check in the Expedition. " Petition for employment as lieutenant or clerk of the check; has served the State since the beginning of the wars; was wounded in the taking of Basing House, and was in most of the engagements with the Dutch; was 21 months in the Expedition, which was paid off last October, and he has been without employment since. 58
" " Capt. Edm. Thomson. Robt. Blackborne. Thanks for his carpenter; recommends Mr. Wilson, clerk of the Victory, as clerk in the Plover. Asks for a warrant to press men, as he hopes to be ready for sea shortly. 59
" 9 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. The Old Warwick and Convert cannot be made fit for foreign service without great expense, but may be used in the Channel during the summer. Mr. Johnson, the shipwright, will dock the Welcome at Blackwall; he should repair the Convert, as she is a pretty man-of-war; 20 caulkers are wanted at Woolwich and Deptford. 60
" " Vice Adm. Jno. Lawson, Fairfax, Downs. " Particulars of ships in the Downs 61
" " Wm. Greene Certificate that Rich. Ford's tar, on board the Fortune of Hamburg, is very good; several ropemakers and others in Thames Street are unfurnished; it is worth from 11l. 10s. to 12l. per last. 62
" " Rich. Stokes Navy Comrs The Welcome is being docked at Blackwall, and the Marmaduke at Deptford; desires a warrant to see the carpenters' work performed. 63
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne. Col. Kelsey's having secured some of the Malignants makes the others very quiet, but there must be vigilancy over the navy. Has taken 10 barrels of powder and some ammunition out of the Phœnix, or must have asked for some from the Tower. Desires the launching of the Naseby 10 or 11 April. 64
" " Manlie Callis, Deptford. [Navy Comrs.] Has reduced the workmen in the Deptford yard to 240; as there are only 6 caulkers, asks a warrant for entering 8 more. 65
" " Rich. Washington, Nightingale. Col. Robt. Kelsey, Whitehall. Will wash and tallow next week, take in three months' victuals, and hasten to sea again. Capt. Vessey is coming down, suspecting the new frigate at Bristol will not be ready; all the officers and men rejoice at his superseding Capt. Geffery; he will have as much comfort in this small frigate as the best in the fleet. 66
March 9 Capt. Christ. Myngs, Elizabeth. Navy Comrs Has had 47 men turned over from the Phœnix, but is nothing furthered therein. Has the assistance of the navy men; hopes to be ready to receive the provisions in a few days; wants a press warrant. 67
" " Geo. Payler, Navy Office. Col. Jno. Clarke. Mr. Shewell, of Bristol, is to furnish the Nantwich with boatswain and carpenter's stores. If her guns are to be supplied from London, will send gunner's stores with them; if from Portsmouth, they will be furnished there. 68
" 10 Capt. Lambert Cornelius, Weymouth. [Adm. Com.] Will send, as ordered, a just account of all demands. The horses are shipped and gone into the road, with other laden vessels; intends to sail to-night. 69
" " Capt. Edw. Tarleton, Islip, Dublin. Adm. Com. Landed the members of the late Parliament, and then surveyed the officers' stores; they are mostly good, save the powder, which the Lord Deputy has promised to exchange. Sends the Lord Deputy's order to take in 6 weeks' provisions, besides the six weeks' he brought from Liverpool, and will sail for his port on the 15th. Sent his steward on shore at Liverpool for the remainder of the provisions, but he never returned; it is not the first time he has neglected his duty. Wants orders sent to Lochaber. 70, 71
" " Capt. Anth. Archer, Augustine, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has received all the provisions, &c., out of the Pelican, and being nearly rigged, hopes to be at Spithead next week; wants tallow candles, wood, and turnery ware. 72
" " Capt. Fras. Allen, Advice. [Adm. Com.] Has been plying between the Humber and Newcastle Bar, and searched several vessels, but has not found any suspicious persons. The President and Adviser are on the same station, but are coming to Yarmouth for provisions. 73
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to appoint 20 caulkers for 24 days to repair the ships at Woolwich and Deptford. 74
" " Thos. Bere, Woollen Draper, Bridgwater. Col. Jno. Clarke. Wants Capt. Jno. Filking's money to be paid to his sister, the captain's wife, as she is in a sad condition. 75
" " Thos. Alderne, D. Ganden, Victualling Office. Navy Comrs Hearing from Kinsale that the Little Charity, with the horses on board, has put into the West of Ireland by contrary winds, and that the master has applied to their agent there for provisions, desire orders, and also as to supplying Gen. Blake and Gen. Penn's fleet, and engaging transport ships. Gen. Penn had only provisions for 224 days, of which 130 are spent. 76
" " Comrs. for Prize Goods. Adm. Com. Send copies of petitions and orders referred to them by the Protector, viz., of Mr. Eles, about linen at Plymouth, Wm. Pennoyer and Arnold Beake, about wines, and Mr. Sollicoffer, concerning the lading of the Peter. Have also received their order for sale of the linen in the 3 Kings at Plymouth, condemned by the Admiralty Court; but as the claimants have appealed, cannot sell. 77
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorn, the Gainsborough, Yarmouth Roads. Robt. Blackborne. Is commanded by Vice-Adm. Lawson to ply between Flamborough Head and Yarmouth; wants a minister. 78
March 11 Capt. Leo. Harris, Great Charity, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Has had such bad weather since leaving Falmouth that he was 23 days before he could see Cape Finisterre, and having his bowsprit disabled, and being also compelled to keep to the pumps, has put in to refit. 79
" 12 Note of the proportion of victuals required for G[eneral] B[lake's] fleet 80
" " Comr. Peter Pett, New Dockyard, Chatham. Gen. Desborow. Has for years given warrant to Mr. Hill to search for embezzled goods, and he has brought in large quantities, and prevented much stealth, but little notice has been taken of him until lately. As he is making another discovery of stolen goods of great value, and his duties are heavy, a late clerk of the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded, residing at Rochester, might be joined with him, and would be content with 100l. a year as assistant. 81
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs A warrant was sent to the master shipwright to make an estimate of the charge of making a new wharf at the old dock, where the ordnance lies ready to fall into the river; he put it at 12s. a foot; but Mr. Ewell, the house carpenter, would not undertake it under 13s. 4d., which he deserves, considering the prices given in London. Leaves the determination until he comes to London, but has given a bill of imprest for 66l., as Ewell is already in hand with it. 82
" " Vice-Adm. Jo. Lawson, Fairfax, Downs. " The Preston, appointed to convoy the Morning Star and Edward 100 leagues westward of the Land's End, has sailed with all the ships bound that way. Particulars of ships. 83
" " Hen. Ogle, Liverpool. Robt. Blackborne. Asks him to procure a letter from the Admiralty Commissioners to the mayor, to release Mich. Tarleton, a clerk of the Check, from the office of churchwarden, and from any fine for not acting, he being in the service of the State. 84
" " Capt. John. Geffery, Nightingale, Catwater, Plymouth. " Has been plying on his station with the Saphire, but has come in to wash and tallow 85
" " Capt. Anth. Archer, Augustine, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Hears that they tax him with neglecting his duty in completing his number of men, but since their order for fitting out the Augustine, has worked early and late, and done more than when he was master of his own ship. If he pressed men while in harbour, they would run, but when he arrives at Spithead, will use all diligence to complete his number. 86
" " Capt. Robt. Drew, Plover. " Examination about his boatswain, Thos. Branson's, embezzlement; with account of cordage and other stores consumed since leaving Deptford; also of those expended by Thos. Branson, boatswain; two lists of those delivered to him out of the stores by Geo. Kendall and by John Browne at Harwich, and two receipts of Branson for stores. 87-93
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Desires they will hasten down the fir timber, as he cannot sheathe the ships without it; also a dozen caulkers. 94
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor " Six months since, spoke to Fras. Robinson and Thos. Scoulding, timber merchants, about 300 or 400 loads of plank; they now offer 480 loads, which is much needed. Asks leave to contract for it. 95
March 12 Major Wm. Burton, Yarmouth. Adm. Com. Will deliver the two chests of Dutch coins to the Commissioners for Prize Goods, and take their receipt. Capt. Whitehorne of the Gainsborough is to lie between Flamborough Head and Yarmouth. 96
" " Capt. John Fox, Pendennis. " Sends account of arms and ammunition in that garrison, and at St. Mawes 97
" 13 Major John Wade, Little Dean. Col. John Clarke. Presumes the badness of the weather prevents his coming to the forest to make more reformation. Mr. Shewell is cloyed with shot; if there is sufficient, wishes to turn the furnaces, so as to cast pig iron, which will yield money to reimburse what is laid out. 98
" " Capt. Christ. Myngs, Elizabeth, Chatham. Adm. Com. Is using all means to dispatch his ship, but has had few of the men from the Phoenix, and the place affords none; must complete the manning in the Hope. Cannot receive the clerk of the check or boatswain again for former misdemeanours; wants others. 99
" " Thos. Pointer, London. Blackborne. Asks for a line or two under his own hand to act as a pass, which the postmaster judges will be sufficient. 100
" " " " " Asks his influence with the Admiralty Commissioners for the appointment of Muster Master General, to which he was designed by the Navy Commissioners, and to have gone with Gen. Blake. Had honest and able men been employed in the 2 fleets, thousands of pounds would have been saved. 101
" " Mich. Tarleton, Liverpool. " Capt. Tarleton was a suitor to the mayor and corporation of Liverpool for a better house, which was granted, being the tenant right of another man. He took possession, and the day after, the cable was delivered. Cannot say whether he was more diligent to effect his own business, or to complete the cable. There was some suspicion that he carried hops for the mayor, but although his frigate was searched twice, it could not be discovered. 102
" " Comrs. for Prize Goods. Adm. Com. The Justice of Copenhagen, brought into Portsmouth, was seized Nov. 1652; the Hector, June 1653; and the Ollaff of Bergen, Mar. 1653, all which came into their possession in the outports on the Danish account. The Marshal of the Admiralty Court also seized, in June 1653, the Mary of Copenhagen, St. John of Frederickstat, and the Linworm of Tönsberg. 103
" 14 Thos. Shewell, Bristol. " Has launched the Nantwich, but as there is no officer on board, can employ men only on weekly wages. 104
" " Wm. Hempson, George. [Robt. Blackborne.] Sends several letters from persons in the fleet to be forwarded. Intended to send an account of proceedings since leaving Leghorn, but hears the General has given a full narration to the Commissioners. 105
" " Saml. Whittell, Custom House, London. Robt. Blackborne. Acquainted the Commissioners of Capt. Gething's seizure at Ipswich, and they sent to the collectors and officers at Ipswich for an account; sends a copy of it. 106
" " Capt. Anth. Young, the Portsmouth, Portsmouth Harbour. Adm. Com. Has been tallowed, and shall victual in a week; but as few men have come on board, will have to engage volunteers coming from London, or press. 107
March 14 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for the refitting the Centurion for summer service in the Channel 108
" " " " Order for the victualling the Little Charity, one of Gen. Penn's fleet, put into Kinsale by stress of weather, and for supplying the horses on board. 109
" " " " Order for the victuallers to supply the Great Charity, which has put into Plymouth by stress of weather, with two months' provisions. 110
" 15 " " Order to treat with Capt. Alderne for buying and sending a quantity of victuals named to Barbadoes for the fleet gone westward, and to pass a bill on the Navy Treasurer, payable to Capt. Alderne, to discharge all Bills of imprest for the undertaking. 111
" " " " Order that the Navy Victuallers provide 3 months' provisions for Blake's fleet in the Mediterranean, and ship it away with speed; also to give notice to the Commissioners of Customs to let it pass free of customs; also to contract for merchant ships to transport it, and conceal where it is bound for. 112
" " Capt. N. Heaton, Saphire, Camaret Bay. Blackborne. Went into Camaret Bay on the 11th inst. with two other ships, and when near Brest Castle, destroyed a man-of-war, and has blocked up 3 more. Will be at Plymouth in 12 days for water and further orders, and to land the men he took off the tobacco Prize. Has too few men to man a prize and his own ship too. 113
" " Adm. Com. Having taken the command of the Western Guard, touched at Plymouth, took the Nightingale, Assistance, and Assurance, and made for Camaret Bay, where he found 4 Brest men-of-war, one of which he destroyed. The lieutenant of the Assistance will report as to the others. If they will allow him 3 more frigates and 3 ketches, can block up the harbour. 114
" " Capt. Edm. Thompson. Navy Comrs Asks dispatch of Thos. Ould's warrant, that he may receive his stores, as the Plover is ordered to sea. 115
" " Comrs. for Prize Goods. Adm. Com. On the petition of Valentine Tatnall, lieutenant of the Advice, find he had an order from Generals Blake and Monk to sell the goods taken prize between the decks of the Rassell for the best price, and send them an account. When she was brought into the Thames, the lieutenant, having to go to sea, instructed them to sell the goods, which they did, and enclose account of the proceeds, amounting to 123l. 19s. 10d.; but conceiving, by the votes of Parliament of 1652, that goods taken between decks are not prize unless taken in fight, and that the ship did not fight or carry guns, and was merely taken with other ships that did fight, they have declined paying the proceeds without further order. 116, 117
" 16 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Have conferred with Capt. Alderne about sending 3 months' provisions to Gen. Blake's fleet, and agreed with 3 ships for transporting them to any place between the North Cape and the Straits, at 44s. a ton; if they proceed as high as Alicant, 54s. with 2s. primage and average, ⅓ to be paid down, and the rest on certificate of delivery. Have given warrant for the shipping, and desire a convoy may be ready next Monday. As to Gen. Penn's supply, besides the provisions appointed, other necessaries, such as lamps, oil, wicks, and wax candles, to the value of 400l., will be required; 4,000 bushels of peas will be acceptable to the seamen. 118
March 16 Capt. Peter Bowen, Mayflower, Caldy Road. Adm. Com. Transported Col. Robt. Saunders with his family and goods to England, by order of Lord General Fleetwood; then, plying about Lundy, sprung a leak, and his sails and rigging being much torn, and having only 5 weeks' provisions, has come in to refit. The Greyhound and 3 others have gone to Kinsale to victual. 119
" " Capt. Joseph Ames, Winsby, Catwater, Plymouth. " Is fitting his ship, and hopes to be ready for sea in 8 days. Geo. Clarke, the late master, being ordered to another ship, asks a master. Has received Major Lewes and Capt. Byam prisoners, from Capt. Thos. Rea, and Lieut. Saml. Larke, Commander of Plymouth Fort, and shall be very careful of them. 120
" " Jno. Alderson, hoyman, of London. Deposition that Rich. Leake, gunner of the Pelican, sent 10 barrels of powder and 500 shot in Hen. Dunning's hoy to Christ. Hill, a waterman at Greenwich, and that Andrew Jackson, of Chatham, gunner of the James, sent 20 barrels of powder in the same hoy to London for his own use. 121
" " Com. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Wants victuals for the Centurion, and men for her and the Elizabeth 122
" " Capt. Rich. Potter, Constant Warwick. Adm. Com. Has about 60 men on board, and hopes to obtain his complement by the time he has orders to sail. 123
" " J. Royston Robt. Blackborne. Hopes Mr. Carill's and Major Wither's recommendation, with his favorable remembrance, will procure him the employment he seeks. With Jos. Carill's note in his favour, 9 March 1654–5. 124, 125
" " Lieut. Nath. Browne, Woodbridge. " Is the most ancient servant in his capacity in the fleet, but all the generals and commanders with whom he has served are removed or dead, and he is a stranger to the Admiralty Commissioners. Begs his influence for further employment. 126
" " Capt. John Geffery, Nightingale. Adm. Com. Has washed and tallowed, and taken in 3 months' provisions, and will sail with the first wind 127
" 17 Capt. Thos. Sparling, Assistance, Catwater, Plymouth. " Has been cruising with the chief of the squadron, and has come in to victual and tallow 128
" " Fras. Baylie, Bristol. " Has launched the Nantwich 129
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. Navy Comrs The Nantwich is floated, and wants a captain and master; cannot get or keep men on her without them. Has supplied Mr. Aldridge with 70l., which he has charged by bill. Begs payment of this and another bill for 400l., for disbursements upon the Nantwich. 130
" " Adm. Com. " Order for the shipwright at Dover to send a bowsprit to the Truelove in the Hope 131
" 18 Capt. John Geffery, Nightingale, Sound. Robt. Blackborne. Capt. Vessey having come on board and taken charge, will hasten to Bristol according to his instructions. 132
March 19 Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. Col. Fras. Willoughby. The steward of the Augustine is now willing to accept his offer. The steward of the Pelican makes profession of religion, but he has left some dusty bread and rotten cheese behind, which cannot be disposed of. The captain is going to Cowes to-morrow, to join the rest of the company. Has had the boatswain before the mayor for felony, but nothing is done with him, although he stole ropes worth 3l.; his wages ought to be stopped unless he can give a better account. The Lyme and Portsmouth will soon be ready to sail. Will lay the spun yarn next week; there are 40 tons left in the stores. Desires order to supply Capt. Gethings with provisions; he is to convoy some vessels to the Land's End. 133
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Send a letter from Capt. Thorowgood at Portsmouth, and desires they will give orders thereon 134
" Have stopped the wages of Wm. Holmes, late boatswain's mate of the Portsmouth, for sending tar and junk to Paul Seamer, the boatswain, at Portsmouth; he appears to have done it by his order. The boatswain is most culpable; have also stopped his wages. The Nantwich is launched and wants a master and officers. 135
" " Capt. Rich. Potter, Lee Road. Adm. Com. Observed their instructions of the 16th inst., but seeing no appearance of any service of that nature, asks whether to remain there, or when manned, follow former orders. 136
" " Chas. Taylor, Bristol. Navy Comrs The Nantwich was launched on the 13th, and the carpenters discharged, though much work required to be done to complete her; as everything is at a stand, desires instructions. 137
" 20 Adm. Com. " Order for the setting forth of the Tiger, and furnishing her with victuals for this summer's expedition. 138
" " " " Like order for the Dragon, and furnishing her with victuals and other necessaries 139
Vol. 106.
" " " " " Like order for the Adviser, now at Harwich 1
" " " " " Order to contract for the hire of a smack built by Capt. Berry at Barking, to attend ViceAdm. Lawson and the rest of the fleet in the Downs. 2
" " " " " To make the usual allowance of necessary money to the steward of the Augustine; if he refuses to sail, will call upon his surety. The men-of-war in port will be a sufficient guard of the ships at Portsmouth without men. They are to prepare for launching the Naseby this day week. 3
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham Dock. Col. Jno. Clarke. To grant a further imprest to Mr. Hayward for payment of the pensioners of the Chest, to avoid the clamours of the lame, as quarter-day is approaching, and the Treasurer will not supply any more until the accounts are audited. 4
" " Capt. Ga. Saunders, Horseydown. " Sends the names of his chief officers, with particulars of their services and characters 5
" " Capt. Thos. Alderne, Victualling Office. " Wants the Patent for the money to be disbursed for provisions to be sent to General Penn's fleet, having contracted for bread, oatmeal, and cider, and shipping to carry them, which will require 5,000l. in 10 days. Is shipping the supplies for Gen. Blake's fleet, and wants a convoy. The fleet has arrived at Barbadoes, and they have taken in men there. 6
March 20 Capt. Jno. Seaman Adm. Com. Sends the names of 8 officers who were under him while in the Dragon, and whose conduct was satisfactory. 7
" 21 Vice-Adm. Jno. Lawson, Fairfax, Downs. Navy Comrs Sends the receipt for a mast for Mr. Michell, bound for the East Indies, he having broken his. Hopes they will hire the Nonsuch at Barking, as she is much wanted for the summer guard. 8
" " Capt. Thos. Alderne, Victualling Office. Col. Jno. Clarke. Particulars of the victualling of ships. Wrote the Lord Deputy of Ireland the 16th inst. 9
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for the officers at Harwich to wash and tallow the Great President, and supply her with 5 months' provisions for the summer expedition. 10
" " " " " Order to make out a bill for pay and entertainment to Jno. Fowler, Judge Advocate of the fleet, at 8s. a day. 11
" " " " " Order for Capt. Alderne to ship lamp oil, lamp wicks, and wax candles, amounting to 400l., and 3,000 bushels of peas to Gen. Penn's fleet. 12
" " " " " Order to examine the contract made by Alex. Bence, merchant of Alicant, with Geo. Agenor, master of the Return of Dartmouth, for freight of 5 great guns, part of those saved out of Prince Rupert's ships, and make out a bill to Agenor for the balance due of 30l. 13
" " Comrs. for Prize Goods. Adm. Com. Send orders of the Lord Protector and Council, on petitions referred to them, and desire directions. The Lord Ambassador of Holland is concerned in one of them called the Sea Flower, and the Admiralty Judges have ordered her restoration without cost. 14
" " Jno. Sims, late boatswain, and Edm. Matthews, late gunner of the Fortune. Depositions that they were in the ship when she was fitted at Dover in Nov. 1652, and when Mr. Greene supplied sails which were found to be old and almost useless. 15
" 22 Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. " Particulars of ships. The Augustine has sailed; hopes not again to be troubled with such a disorderly company. Returns their packet for Capt. Archer, he having also sailed. 16
" " Robt. Dunn, Harwich. Navy Comrs Asks money for the men on the Fellowship hulk and the Concord, not having received any since 30 Sept. Has disbursed much in re-mooring the hulk, and sweeping her anchors. 17
" " Capt. Rich. Potter Adm. Com. Has observed instructions, but not seeing anything of the nature sought for, has come in for further directions. 18
" " Adm. Com., Whitehall. Navy Comrs Rich. Kennedy, of the Sea Adventure, taken up to attend Gen. Penn's fleet, returned to Fowey, 6 Jan., his vessel being unfit for the voyage. He should be questioned what he has done with his time, and what goods of the Generals or fleet he has on board. With Kennedy's letters, 6 and 15 Feb., and 17 March, that having lost Gen. Penn's fleet through bad weather, he has put into Fowey, as also an account of his proceedings since leaving Portsmouth on 26 Dec., and a notice that he has returned according to their order; "I having already tasted of the cruelty of the merciless Turk, by whom I have been in captivity, and if I should ever again come into their hands, there were no hope of redemption." 19-22
March 22 Thos. Herbert, Dublin. Chas. Walley, Chester. Is ordered by the Lord-Deputy and Council of Ireland, to desire him to purchase and send to Commissary Timothy Every 2 cables and a hawser for the Fleetwood riding there, and to state whether he will have the bill charged upon the Treasurer there or at London. With note by Rich. Livesley of Liverpool to Walley, that he cannot supply him with cables so soon as he wants; and note by Rich. White, of the weight and price of sizes mentioned. 23-25
" " Ordnance Officers Adm. Com. Ask leave to send the gunner's stores required for the Nantwich at Bristol from the Tower 26
" " Mathew Lynde, surgeon of the Unicorn. Account of medicines received for the ship's chest. [Damaged.] 27
" 23 Capt. Lamb. Cornelius, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has come in to refit. Suggests the building of a quarter-deck, as shelter for the men and a greater security for the vessel; desires a removal. 28
" " Saml. Law Proposition to supply 3,000 hangers at 4s. each, 2,000 rapiers with cerecloth scabbards at 5s. 4d. each, and to grind, clean, and new scabbard old swords at 10d. each. 29
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. Navy Comrs Wants a master and other officers, that he may rig the new ship, or to hire men on rigging wages. 30
" " Capt. Jno. Parker, Truelove, Lee Road. " The smack carrying down the money under convoy of the Constant Warwick ran on board a flyboat below the Hope, and had 2 men and a woman drowned; ran her on shore, stopped her leak, and got her off and into Lee Road. 31
" " Capt. Thos. Sankey, Adviser pink, Lee Road. " Being ordered away quickly, begs that Chas. Shirburne, his surgeon, may have his bills of freegift and imprest. 32
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. To appoint boatswains to the Mary prize, Hope, and Marmaduke, fitting at Deptford, as Mr. Kendall, clerk of the survey, is compelled to trust unwarranted persons with their rigging and stores. 33
" " Capt. Christ. Myngs, Elizabeth. " When Ambassador Whitelock had been landed at Gravesend, the commander gave orders to the master and boatswain to keep the men on board, and return to the Downs, but the boatswain with 20 men stayed behind, and followed her overland to Harwich; and she being then bauled on shore, he again absented himself on the plea of sickness, but the captain found him drunk; he was a common drunkard and neglected his duty, and the clerk of the check was the same. 34
" " Wm. Barbour, Navy Office. Robt. Blackborne. Desires he will write Jno. Godbolt, Hatfield, Essex, to decide the arbitration case between Mr. Swinborne, postmaster of Witham, and another, with reference to the hire of a horse for the navy service, as the arbitrators will make no end of it. 35
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Wants money for the captains of the Tiger, Dragon, and Elizabeth, who have undertaken to impress men, and also the victuals. Is going to Woolwich to the launching of the Naseby. 36
March 24 Capt. Robt. Mackey, the Yarmouth, Weymouth Road. Adm. Com. The Bristol and Sparrow pink have sailed for the Downs, and left him and the Paradox to search all vessels, to discover and secure the enemies of this nation; cannot gain any intelligence save that they have been dispersed, and some secured. 37
" " Capt. Christ. Myngs, Elizabeth, Tilbury Hope. " Having received his provisions and stores, save the gunner's, sailed from Chatham and will try to get men. 38
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Deptford. " Recommends Thos. Ould, boatswain of the Plover, as boatswain of the Portsmouth, and Robt. Dawson to succeed him. Wants a press warrant. 39
" " Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Delivered the press warrants and summons to the lieutenant of the Lyme and the master of the Portsmouth, and ordered them to get men and protect trade. The gunner of the Essex, and all other officers in London, should be hastened down to their ships these troublesome times, and be ordered to stay until they have warrants to go up. 40
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for refitting and victualling the Tredagh, Sorlings and French shallop at Portsmouth, for the summer expedition. 41
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. The Nantwich, building by Mr. Baylie at Bristol, was launched on the 13th, and the workmen have been discharged, although there is much work to be done upon her. His poverty is the sole cause of his not completing his contract, although his payments have been duly made. There is 420l. payable when she is completed, which was ordered to be retained till his default in launching her at the time agreed upon was considered; ask further directions. 42
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Are troubled to find the State so abused by Mr. Baylie; he ought to smart for it, and some persons ought to be appointed to finish the carpenters' work, and be paid out of the 420l. due to him; or he be suffered to complete it, and be allowed only sufficient to enable him to do so, the rest being reserved to satisfy the damage. 43
" " Robt. Morse Adm. Com. Petition for a cook's place in one of the ships on the stocks; served in the late wars in the Entrance, and has been deprived of his wages by a false ticket. With certificates of Capt. Jno. Bourne and Samuel Howett and 3 others in his favour. 44–46
" " Capt. Jno. Sherwin, Primrose, Plymouth. " After landing several bales of clothes at Cork, by order of the Lord-Deputy, met contrary winds, and being sea struck, made for Plymouth; will proceed to Chatham for repairs. 47
" " " " Gen. Jno. Desborow. Has come in for repairs. Hears the Canaanites trouble the land, but hopes they will be destroyed by the power of Gideon's sword. 48
" " Chas. Thorowgood and Jno. Tippetts, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs The Lyme has most of her provisions and stores, and 89 men on board, and will be ready to sail next week, and the Portsmouth also if men can be procured. With examination of Rich. Kennedy, Master, and two of the officers of the Sea Adventure, as to the cause of their putting into Fowey, and remaining there from December to March, and report thereon; the cause of her remaining behind was not as alleged, the leaky condition of the ship, but the master's fear of going the voyage without company, being left behind by the fleet. 49–52
March 24 Jas. Tucker Adm. Com. Petition for a gunner's place, having served as master and master's mate, and been in the engagements with the Dutch. With certificate of Capt. Thos. Penrose of the Nonsuch, and Thos. Hares, and 3 others in his behalf. 53–55
" " Capt. Anth. Archer, Augustine, Falmouth. " Sailed from Cowes on the 21st with the rest of the fleet bound for Barbadoes, under convoy of the Preston, but has been forced in by contrary winds. 56
1655. March 25 Capt. Edm. Thomson, Expedition, Chatham. " Has received his provisions, but waits for sails and ordnance stores, and desires they will send to the Tower to speed them; will then sail for the Nore. 57
" " Stephen Skewes " Asks for employment, having served several years, and lately as clerk of the check in the Satisfaction. 58
" 26 Capt. Rich. Ducie, Nicodemus, Galloway. " Has been ranging the coast by order of the Lord-Deputy, and is going further north. Will want a cable, &c., on his return to Kinsale in May. The Little Charity, with 4 ships from Kinsale, has sailed for Barbadoes, well supplied. 59
" " Capt. Edw. Tarleton, Islip, Dunstaffnage. " Came there by order of the Lord-Deputy of Ireland, and waits a wind to sail through the narrow channel to Inverlochy. 60
" " Wm. Serjeant, clerk of the chek, Islip, Dunstaffnage. Navy Comrs. Sailed from Liverpool on Mar. 1 with Col. Sankey and 3 others, and landed them at Dublin on the 3rd, and then had orders from Lord Fleetwood to go to Inverlochy to relieve Capt. Nutton. Received 6 weeks' provisions at Dublin for 100 men, and 9 weeks' at Liverpool, but 6 tons of beer and some bread and peas were left behind, through negligence of the steward, who is absent or has run. 61
" " Capt. Abra. Algate, Drake, Margate Road. Adm. Com. Has been plying on his station between the Nore and North Foreland, and chased and searched several vessels for suspicious persons. 62
" " Navy Comrs. Robt. Blackborne. Send a letter of Robert Grassingham from Harwich, that he and Robt. Willis have spent 3l. in hiring men and boats to find the Liberty, but without effect; some men have offered to search for a week, on payment of 10l. if they find her, and 5l. if they do not. 63, 64
" " " " " Ask how many men the Sorlings and French shallop are to carry; not being in their list, cannot order the victualling until they know. 65
" " Jno. Pitt, Fairfax, Downs. Generals of the fleet. The Bristol and Sparrow pink have arrived from Portland, leaving the Yarmouth and Paradox behind, so that there are 3 of the State's ships in the Downs. 66
" " Capt. Leo. Harris, Great Charity, Plymouth. Adm. Com. The refitting of his ship has been delayed by 3 others being in harbour. A fleet of merchantmen have sailed, and some being bound for Barbadoes, sent a packet to Gen. Penn to report his delay; but as there have been contrary winds, doubts if they have got far, and hopes not to be long behind. 67
March 26 Christ. Pett, Sam. Raven, Woolwich. Adm. Com. Particulars of a survey of the Welcome at Blackwall 68
" " Vice-Adm. Jno. Lawson, Fairfax, Downs. " The Bristol and Sparrow pink have arrived; they have been off the ground 12 months, and want provisions. Ask whether to send them to Dover. 69
" " Capt. Jno. Geffery, Bristol. " Coming from Plymouth, met Gen. Desborow at Exeter, who hastened him to Bristol, where he found his frigate very backward for want of men. Desires a speedy order, and hopes to sail in a month. 70
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Ask whether the new ketch at Barking is fit for the service, and the terms for hire, as one must be dispatched to Gen Blake's fleet. 71
" " " " " Order for the stores for setting forth the Naseby to sea to be immediately prepared 72
" " Capt. Phil. Gethings, Falmouth. Adm. Com. Going out of Falmouth with 20 other ships, one of them ran on board the Morning Star, and tore her down to within 3 feet of the water. The weather being very stormy, bore up for Falmouth, and assisted night and day in getting her in for repair. 73
" " Jno. Tippetts, Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. " Will hasten the fitting of the Tredagh, &c., and if men and provisions are not wanting, they will be ready to sail in 10 days. Particulars of ships. 74
" 27 Phineas Pett, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne. His brother having gone for Woolwich, opened their packet and dispatched the enclosures to the respective commanders. Capt. Taylor will send an account of what he is concerned in; 50 men have been entered on the Centurion, 15 on the Tiger, 12 on the Dragon, and 61 on the Elizabeth, which has sailed for the Hope. 75
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs There will be no want of anything for the Naseby, provided the clerk of the ropery impress men to lay the cables, &c., for her launching; Mr. Davis should send down some silk colors; 40 more seamen are wanted. 76
" " Adm. Com. " Order to send, on demand of Thos. Booth and Peter Pett, 90 more men to close the cables of the Naseby at Woolwich. 77, 78
" " " " " Order to certify what deals are in Deptford yard, and whether 400 spruce deals may be spared. 79
" " " " " The Sorlings is to bear 100 men and 28 guns; they are to advise with Capt. Willoughby about the French shallop, and hire the Sea Adventure if the Adviser is not fit. Also to continue the gun-finder at Harwich, and advance him money for the work. Have sent the boatswain of the Portsmouth up to be examined, as to embezzling pitch and tar at Plymouth. 80
" " Capt. Robt. Colman, the Fleetwood, Dublin Bay. Major Thomson, Navy Comrs As the fishing design he came about cannot be accomplished, is appointed by the Lord-Deputy and Council to command the Fleetwood for the summer expedition; wants flags, men's clothes, &c. 81
March 27 John Tracy Maj. Bourne and Mr. Hopkins, Navy Comrs Recommends the bearer, who served the State, and has been in many fights, for employment 82
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Will engage the new ketch at Barking when she returns from a voyage to Hull. Have no other vessel fit for the service. 83
" " Rich. Blackwall Robt. Blackborne. Recommends the bearer as a lieutenant in the navy, he having been long in the service. 84
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. Adm. Com. In the absence of Commissioner Pett at Woolwich, perused their letter informing that the frigates are not ready. Particulars of ships. The master attendant with the ordinary are doing their best to further their dispatch. 85
" 28 Capt. N. Heaton, Saphire, Plymouth Sound. Robt. Blackborne. Particulars of ships. Is under sail, but has hardly finished the work about the mainmast 86
" " Capt. John Bourne, the Lyme, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has quickened the work on the Lyme, and hopes to get her out to-morrow, but wants men. 87
" " " Robt. Blackborne. Neither the men of the Hopewell or the ketch will be useful for the Lyme; will make the best use he can of others. Mr. Chillingworth, the steward, has arrived, but there is difficulty in his taking charge from the other of the provisions; will see that nothing is embezzled. 88
" " Thos. Chillingworth, the Essex, Portsmouth Harbour. " Having a warrant from the Admiralty Commissioners for the steward's place in the Lyme, went on board; but as Mr. Boulter, the present steward, had received the provisions, necessary money, &c., has forborne entrance, as he could not give a receipt without unstoring the ship to survey them. Desires to continue steward of the Essex. 89
" " Capt. Anth. Young, the Portsmouth, Portsmouth Harbour. Adm. Com. Is victualling, and hopes to get to Spithead on Saturday, and to procure men; wants a boatswain. Will send up the steward's bond; has heard a good report of him. The Lyme will sail for Spithead to-morrow. 90
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. Wants his press warrant; asks the removal of his brother Joseph, lieutenant of the Advice, into another ship. 91
" " Capt. Robt. Mackey, the Yarmouth, Weymouth Road. Adm. Com. Has been very diligent in searching vessels for suspected persons, and finding 6 in a boat from the town whose carriage was suspicious, his ship and the Paradox fired at it, and sent out boats, but they would not strike till about to be knocked down with the musket. Has all of them on board, but finds they are poor ignorant men, living 5 miles off, and were dredging oysters to sell at Weymouth. Searched 3 Dutch ships from Flushing bound for Spain, one of whom reported they feared they should have another war with us, as there was a great division amongst them in Holland, many being for the Prince [of Orange]. 92
March 28 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to contract with the owners of the Sea Adventure for her hire and freight, fit her out, and appoint an officer to take charge of her. 93
" " Navy Com. Adm. Com. Have treated with the owner of the Sea Adventure at 50l. a month, he finding victuals and wages for 10 men and a master; so she will not be above ⅓rd the charge of the Adviser pink. 94
" " Major N. Bourne Robt. Blackborne. Wants protection for 30 men of the Hopewell at Gravesend, bound to New England for masts; also a warrant for her sailing, as there is a stay of all ships outward bound. 95
" 29 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Have examined Paul Seaman, late boatswain of the Portsmouth and Tulip, and Wm. Holmes his mate, and find them guilty of embezzling the tar and junk laid to their charge. With certificate of Seaman, 3 Nov. 1654, that Holmes sent the stores on shore to him at Plymouth by his order; as also his examination taken before a court martial at Plymouth 27 March, that he purchased the same of some seaman of the Great Charity at Portsmouth for 20s. 96–98
" " Capt. Lamb. Cornelius, Portsmouth. " As they will not order a quarter-deck in the Hopewell pink, desires they will put him into some other ship; has been in her three winters and undergone much cold, having no shelter. The ship is off the ground, and only wants provisions and money. 99
" " Navy Comrs. " There are 4,000 ordinary and 500 spruce deals in the stores at Deptford; as they may be wanted for the ships fitting out, cannot recommend parting with any, unless they can be returned in 4 months, and they cost the State 12s. each green, besides taking them on shore and piling in the yard. 100
" " " " " Send Chas. Taylor, shipwright, to give an account of the Nantwich. building by Mr. Baylie at Bristol; want a master for her. Have received a warrant to enter Winckley, boatswain of the Sorlings, but Generals Desborow and Penn have already appointed Jno. Horne. 101
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Hearing from Mr. Taylor, the surveyor, that 150l. is required to complete the Nantwich, building by Mr. Baylie, desire orders to Baylie to finish it; if he refuses or delays, Taylor should employ persons to do it and have money not exceeding 150l. 102
" " " " " Order to make out a bill to Jno. Hooper, clerk to the Navy Commissioners, for his salary and entertainment at 100l. a year, from 25 Dec. to 25 March. 103
" 30 " " " Order to make out a bill to Jno. Powell for 31l. 6s. 1d., and to Hen. Webley for 6l. 17s. 9. disbursed by them as Admiralty messengers. 104
" " " " " Order for entering 20 shipwrights or carpenters on the small frigate building at Portsmouth, for greater expedition. 105
" " " " " Order to sign a ticket for payment of the wages due to Wm. Holmes, boatswain's mate of the Portsmouth, but to respite the money due to the boatswain till further order. 106
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Navy Office. Robt. Blackborne. Sends Capt. Myngs' certificate touching the boatswain and carpenter of the Elizabeth. Is going to Woolwich and Chatham to fit all things for launching the Naseby. 107
March 30 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Recommend Fras. Wirrall as clerk of the check or steward. Ask instructions as to fitting out the Old Warwick and Convert. 108
" " " " " The Sea Horse and Orange hoys lying at Dover should be put up for sale by the candle, as they are unfit for service, and will get worse by continuing in harbour. With order for their sale accordingly, 31 March. 109, 110
" " Edw. Mundy, Ipswich. Navy Comrs Has charged a bill on them for 500l., and begs payment. Has engaged for 300 loads of timber, by order of Commssioner Pett and Capt. Taylor, it will be very useful for the new ships building. 111
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. Adm. Com. There are 50 men at work on the Great Charity, and no time will be lost, but her captain is sick. The Winsby, now lying between the Island and the Land's End, will sail to-morrow; the Saphire and others have gone. 112, 113
" " Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Lyme, Spithead. " Waits orders and men. Sends the warrant he gave the gunner of the Essex, for delivery of 44 barrels of powder to the gunner of the Portsmouth; has chosen a boatswain for the Portsmouth, with consent of Capt. Young. 114
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. To the same effect 115
" " Capt. Robt. Vessey, Nightingale, Plymouth Sound. " Went on board on the 19th, but as there were not 16 able men, got 5 more with the assistance of the town, but they mostly had the Commissioners' protection from impress. Sailed for the French coast, and stayed until the 24th; then, through the extremity of the weather and want of men to manage the ship, put into Falmouth, and obtained 23 more. Hearing from the Governor of Pendennis that there were 3 or 4 pirates off the Land's End, plied there and about Scilly, but not finding any, is going to the coast of France. 116
" " Manlie Callis Navy Comrs Is sorry they are dissatisfied with his valuation of the freight of the James, bound for Plymouth, and tax him with self-interest, extortion, and carelessness. Knew not what they formerly gave or what the master demanded, and hardly spoke with him; was ordered to judge of a moderate freight, and as she was of 300 tons burden, and few ships could carry more or larger masts, thought her worth 17s. 6d. a ton for the voyage, which amounted to 262l. 10s. 0d. 117
" 31 Adm. Com. " Order to make out a bill to Hugh Middleton, lieutenant of the Assistance, for 10l. for travelling charges to and from Plymouth. 118
" " Rich. Creed, Crokehorn. Robt. Blackborne. Received the sad account of Mr. Poortman's fall; trusts the Lord, who knows when and how to give checks to his poor creatures, will sanctify it to him. The General is on his way for London, and hopes to be there on Wednesday night. 119
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. Adm. Com. The Nantwich is forward, the captain and officers have arrived, and an order that men are to be entered; she may be rigged in 14 days, and ready to sail in 6 weeks, if the ordnance stores are not delayed. The officers and men demand conduct money; asks if he shall pay it. Has received 450 tons of shot from Major Wade. 120
March 31 Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Lyme, Spithead. Robt. Blackborne. Will observe the Admiralty Commissioners' orders, but the wind is contrary and high, so that he cannot get stores or men, and it was no use pressing while in harbour, as they run. Those he has have not yet been paid off, and as they hear the paymasters are coming down, they ask for their money. 121
" " " " Adm. Com. To the same effect. Will sail to the Downs the first opportunity 122
" " Ordnance Officers " Recommend And. Jackson for a gratuity for service at Chatham in setting forth ships, surveying, and taking charge of gunners' stores, &c. [Damaged.] 123
March ? Jerem. Medlicott " Petition for a place as reformado, or any employment belonging to a pen, on the Marmaduke or any other ship going this expedition to the West Indies, in which he much desires to serve. With certificate by Martin Noel and 5 others. 124, 125