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

Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1655. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1881.

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'Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.: October 1655', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1655, (London, 1881) pp. 544-574. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/domestic/interregnum/1655/pp544-574 [accessed 12 April 2024]


October 1655

Date. From To Subject. References.
Vol. 115.
Oct. 1 Capt. Edw. Blagge, Marston Moor, Portsmouth. " As the paymasters will soon arrive to pay off the ship, will be ready to go to Spithead on the 3rd. His officers and men are unwilling to return to the West Indies so suddenly, and the lieutenant desires to go home. Lieut. Saml. Blake will attend them for a place. Is not unwilling to return himself, but his wife and friends being much grieved thereat, desires leave of absence to persuade them to submission, as also payment of his arrears for land service, according to his Highness's promise, and the ship can take him in at Plymouth. Capt. Thorowgood will report as to his stowage room for iron-bound casks, &c. 1
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. " The Marston Moor cannot carry what is required, and her men refuse to sail. The Tredagh might be used, and manned out of the Preston and Portsmouth. Particulars of ships. 2
" " Jno. Scott, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Sends an account of the allowance made to Rear-Admiral Dakins. He had a bill for 151l. for his pay at 20s. a day, from 3 July to 30 Nov., and Mr. Bridges, if in London, can produce the order on which it was made. The Marston Moor and Preston will be fitted to-morrow, and be waiting for their victuals; the Portsmouth has come in to change her beer. 3
" " Capt. Robt. Sansum, the Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has come in to change some stinking beer and stop a leak, and having nearly a month's provisions left, will set sail with speed. 4
Oct. 1 Thos. Brooks Robt. Blackborne. Has written Capt. Myngs, who is in the country, that the Commissioners wish to see him; hopes his absence will be no prejudice to him, nor raise any frowns or clouds in their countenance. Can fancy he hears his horse dash; but a word to the wise is enough; hopes he will apologise for him. 5
" " Hugh Salesbury, Portsmouth. Col. Jno. Clarke. Thanks for recommending him to Capt. Alderne for employment; wants a purser's place on the new frigate at Portsmouth for Jno. Hawes, who has served many years. 6
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to ascertain which of the owners of the Marmaduke have evinced their affection to the present Government, also the amount of their respective interests in 1,200l. allowed by order of his Highness and Council in lieu of the ship, as also in 878l. 10s. 2d. due for her freight and hire in 1644; and to make out a bill of sale to the State of their shares. With their report, 15 Oct., that they find no exception to any owner save Capt. Royden, and that most of them have lent money to the State, or otherwise showed their affection; also account by John Keate of their respective shares in the 1,200l. allowed in lieu of the ship, as also in the 878l. 10s. 2d. allowed for her hire and freight while in the service in 1644; this is all that remains due of the bill for 3,514l. 0s. 5d. signed and passed long since. 7–9
" " " " Order to make out a bill to Lieut. Jno. Major for the time he commanded the Endeavour ketch, at 5l. a month, with 10l. for his expenses. 10
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Ordered the refitting of the Marston Moor and Indian for foreign service, and they are ready to victual; also the fitting out of the new ships, the Pembroke, Dartmouth, and Norwich; ask how many men each is to carry. Send a note of the wages formerly paid to pursers, both at sea and in harbour. 11
" " Capt. Jno. Geffery, the Nantwich, Plymouth. " Went from Lisbon to Lagos by order of Gen. Blake, and endeavoured to meet the victuallers off the South Cape, but failing, has returned, having only 7 days' provisions, and requiring tallowing. 12
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. " Capt. Geffery of the Nantwich has come in, and states that on 7 Sept. Gen. Blake held a council of officers in Cascaes Road, and finding the fleet had only a month's provisions on short allowance, it was resolved to return for England, and he directed Capt. Geffery to go to Lagos Road, and direct the Diamond to follow, and afterwards to endeavour to meet the victuallers and send them back. While plying between Capes St. Vincent and St. Mary he was chased by 9 of the Spanish fleet, consisting of 33 sail, who shot through his sails; he says if the General has not met with the victuallers, he will be in the Channel very shortly. 13
Oct. 2 Capt. Phil. Holland, Assurance, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Went as ordered to Cape St. Vincent, and found Gen. Blake with his fleet plying up for Lagos, where the Spanish Armada of 32 sail were two days before; having supplied him with half of his provisions, had to return home on half allowance. The winds being contrary, the General dispatched the Taunton and Assurance with expresses to the Admiralty Commissioners, and the other 6 frigates may shortly be expected at Plymouth. Sends a letter brought by the Hunter of London from some merchants at Malaga; she was forced from thence without anchors or cables. Desires orders, after being tallowed and victualled. 14
" " Wm. Fox, Nantwich, Plymouth Sound. Navy Comrs His commander, on orders from Gen. Blake, went to Lagos, to tell the Diamond to follow the General's fleet for England; he afterwards plied on his station at the Southward Cape, where he met the Spanish fleet of 32 sail, 6 of whom chased them 4 hours, and placed many shots in their sails and rigging, after which they made for England; expected to have heard that the General arrived 8 or 10 ten days before. Noted that he is to be recommended to Capt. Alderne for a purser's place in the Nantwich, and Sharpe as clerk of the check in the Kent. 15
" " Capt. Thos. Vallis, the Taunton, Plymouth Sound. Adm. Com. While with Capt. Holland of the Assurance, 220 leagues off the Lizard, met Gen. Blake, who gave them a packet for the Admiralty Commissioners and an order to proceed at once for England, dated 22 Sept., of which he encloses a copy. Capt. Cuttance and 5 others also had orders to go for Portsmouth. Is out of repair and wants stores; desires order as to coming in. 16, 17
" " Saml. Windis " Asks employment as purser, having served two apprenticeships as purser and victualler, but had his employment taken from him at Liverpool, where he modelled the business before the late contractors had it. 18
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. " The Fame will cost 500l. to make her fit for sea. Is in hand with the Mermaid and Paul 19
" " Capt. Thos. Harrison, Upnor Castle. Col. Jno. Clarke. Recommends Capt. Willoughby Hannam, who has just returned with the Half Moon from Jamaica, for employment in any foreign design; he is an able mariner, and while under his command, displayed great affection to the Commonwealth at the revolting of the fleet. 20
" " Edw. Champness " Desires he will support his petition to the Admiralty Commissioners for employment as a purser; was recommended to him by Col. Bingham. 21
" " Augustine Aldridge, Lydney. Navy Comrs Received 100l. from Major Wade; his men are proceeding in making treenails and have made 10,000. The damage by trespassing through cultivated fields with the timber to the water side will amount to 5l.; as he paid over 100l. for its carriage, and Major Wade cannot advance more without order from the Admiralty Commissioners, desires a further supply; hopes the ship with the timber will arrive safe. 22
" " Adm. Com. " Order to make out a bill to Capt. Jos. Jordan for his pay, &c., as Rear-Admiral to Gen. Blake's fleet, 4 July 1654 to 31 Aug. 1655, at 20s. a day. 23
" " " " Order for victualling the Preston and Tredagh at Portsmouth for 4 months, and 7 other ships named. 24
Oct. 2 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs To receive and examine some papers in the hands of Gen. Penn, belonging to Mr. Carter, late Steward General to his fleet, which were taken out of the sea when the Paragon was burned, and to give those that are private to his widow. 25
" " " " Order for the victuallers to victual the Marston Moor, 280 men and 54 guns, and the Indian, 200 men and 40 guns, designed for foreign service, for 8 months, and leave room for other stores bought by Capt. Alderne for the expedition. 26
" " " Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay off the wages due to Captains Robt. Storey, Jno. Hubbard, Thos. Wright, and Barth. Kitcher, for service in the late expedition westward, provided the suspension is only on the account of supernumeraries. 27
" 3 H. Langham, London Robt. Blackborne. Recommends Tristram May, late clerk of the check of the Phœnix, for employment in the victualling office under Capt. Alderne. 28
" " Tristram May " Petition for the purser's place in the Phœnix, where he has acted as clerk of the check. With certificate of Capt. Nich. Foster in his behalf. 29,30
" " Capt. Thos. Alderne, Victualling Office. " Recommends Nich. Elfard, late steward of the Indian, as purser thereof; with note by Elfard asking Blackborne's assistance. 31
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Deptford. Adm. Com. Recommends his brother as gunner in the new frigate at Chatham 32
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Is about launching the Mermaid and Speaker; asks whether to bring in the Diamond or other ships for repairs. 33
" " Capt. Jno. Harman, Diamond, Spithead. Adm. Com. On departure of the fleet from Cape St. Vincent for Lisbon, 22 Aug. last, received order from the General to ply about Lagos Bay and the Cape for 14 days, to meet any vessels that might be sent from England; on the arrival of Capt. Geffery in the Nantwich, heard that the fleet had left Cascaes, near Lisbon, for England, and received an order from the General to follow, which he did, leaving the Nantwich there. Has brought in a French vessel with bank fish, which he seized on his way home. 34
" " Capt. Nath. Cobham, the Newcastle, Portsmouth. " Sends on order from Gen. Blake of 22 Sept. to sail with the Langport and 4 others to Portsmouth, and there observe orders from Capt. Roger Cuttance; asks instructions. If the wind continues fair, Gen. Blake will arrive in 2 days. 35, 36
" " Capt. Edw. Blagge, the Marston Moor, Portsmouth Harbour. " Thanks for the leave granted to visit his relations at Plymouth, but will attend on board and give the ship all dispatch until the arrival of another commander. 37
" " Capt. Robt. Nixon, Centurion, Spithead. Col. Clarke. Has come in with 5 others by order of Gen. Blake. Is much straightened for victuals; asks directions. 38
Oct. 3 Capt. Jno. Seaman, Dragon, Spithead. Adm. Com. Sailed from Cascaes Road, Lisbon, with the General on 7th Sept., and was desired by him to ply for England with 5 others, all of which have arrived. Parted from the fleet 135 leagues from the Northward Cape, plying homewards. A small pinnace that attended on Vice-Adm. Bourden, and came over with him, was lost, but they saved the men. Asks whether to victual at Portsmouth or ply in the Channel. 39
" " Capt. Roger Cuttance, Langport, Spithead. " Having become short of provisions through supplying the General's fleet, was ordered with 6 other ships to return to England to recruit, and the General would make for the Downs. 40
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Exeter. Col. Jno. Clarke. Was alarmed between 1 and 2 a.m. by an express from Gen. Blake, who cannot be far from the Channel, as the Taunton and Assurance left his fleet 22 Sept., 230 leagues off the Lizard. Plymouth Road is not good for great heavy ships at this season, or for refitting, as the stores there cannot supply their wants. Will hasten to Plymouth and render him what service he can, although there is much country business which requires his attendance this week. 41
" " Capt. Thos. Morris, Sorlings, Falmouth. Adm. Com. Has been plying in the Soundings with Capt. Vessey, by order of Capt. Hatsell, and hears, by some Brest men taken by the Saphire, that Swart and the Star are coming out. Has come in to water and repair, but will return with speed; his ship is a bad sailer. 42
" " Wm. Burrough " Petition for a lieutenant or purser's place; has served both on land and sea from the beginning of the wars, and lately as clerk of the check in the Bear, in her voyage to the West Indies. With certificates of Fras. Kirby, Barth. Kitcher, and Rich. Booth, of his religious life and conversation. 43–46
" " Rich. Woollaston " Account of shot and other ordnance materials remaining in his custody 47
" " Capt. Edm. Curle, Sparrow, Humber. " As he is to convoy some ships to Hamburg, wants an anchor and cable, and the exchange of some defective beef and pork. 48
" " Capt. Robt. Mackey, the Yarmouth, Chatham. " Asks when he will be paid off, as Capt. Pett says the money is at Chatham 49
" 4 Robt. Blackborne, Whitehall. Navy Comrs To examine Mr. Wormwell respecting double tickets made out by him while on the James 50
" " Thos. Strey, Assurance, Plymouth Sound. Robt. Blackborne. Asks him to forward his petition and certificates for a lieutenant or purser's place; has seen much service by sea and land, and can be recommended by Major-Gen. Whichcott, Col. Webb, Dan. Taylor Commissioner of Customs, and others. 51
" " Vice-Adm. Jno. Lawson, Downs. [Adm. Com.] Hears from ships come in that the Taunton, Nantwich, and Assurance have arrived at Plymouth, and that the General and his fleet, having left before them, were expected to be in England; also that the masters and men of several English ships are imprisoned in Malaga, and that those there seize all the English ships they can. Will supply the Gainsborough with victuals out of the Fairfax and Lyme. 52
Oct. 4 Jno. Scott, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs The Diamond and 6 other ships have arrived from Gen. Blake's fleet at Cascaes Road, and have only two days' provisions left. Mr. Poortmans has come down with the money, and will pay the yard to-morrow. The Marston Moor and Preston are still in the harbour. 53
" " E. Hayward, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne. Returned from London to survey ships, and has since received a warrant from the Navy Commissioners for an account of the remains of boatswains and carpenters' stores in the ships at Chatham; also an order to certify about money for pensioners, and what he has received by the revenue of the Chest for 1653 and since, and how and to whom it has been issued. the account will take 3 months, and he has other duties; begs to be excused, but sends a transcript of the defalcations, and desires it may be returned. 54
" " Thos. Borough Adm. Com. Petition for a purser's place, having served many years in divers capacities, and for the last two years in the Lion and Rosebush. With certificate of John Lambert and Rich. Hodges in his favour. 55, 56
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Deptford. Robt. Blackborne. Having received a bond from Jno. Willes to satisfy for the time he had to serve, desires he may follow his employment; hopes he will prove a well governed and honest man. 57
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. Navy Comrs Desires order for the disposal of the old stuff taken off the Triumph under repair; it pesters the yard, and has cost the State 18l. already for labour in removing it into heaps. It has often been suggested that, the land wall being defective, the State should find the materials, and the town the workmanship to repair it, and this old stuff might serve, and be half the expense of timber, otherwise it must be either sold, given away, or thrown away. 58
" " E. Hayward, Chatham Dock. " Sends account of the remains of boatswains and carpenters' stores in 6 ships returned from the West Indies. Has not mentioned the rigging, it not being required, and being also decayed and unserviceable. 59, 60
" " Hen. Pardoe Adm. Com. Hopes they will be mindful of his petition for a boatswain's place, and on consideration of his long services, grant his request. 61
" " Adm. Com. Mr. Hayward, or his deputy, at Deptford. Order to pay Robt. Blundell and Griffin Jenkin their pensions, or certify to the contrary, as also what they have already received by way of gratuity and pension. With note by Nath. Terne that the pensions are stayed by the Governors of the Chest until they have reviewed the men, and that they will attend for that purpose, and then pay, as far as the money will reach. 62
" " " Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill of imprest to Thos. Alderne, navy victualler, for 5,000l., to enable him to perform contracts for the supply of provisions mentioned for the fleet bound to foreign parts; also to confer with him as to the stowage of provisions in the Marston Moor or Indian for the same service. 63
" " " " Order to make out a bill to the relict of John Carter, late steward-general to Gen. Penn's fleet, at 10l. a month for the time he served, provided she has administered, and her deceased husband is not indebted to the State. 64
" " " " Order to send by bearer an old book of the rates of pay of all officers borne upon the State's ships at sea in 1648, when pursers were in being. 65
Oct. 4 Edw. Hopkins, Navy Office. Robt. Blackborne. Sends the rates of pay for 1648, delayed because Mr. Turner, the general clerk, who has all the records, is absent. 66
" 5 Capt. Jno. Smith, Pearl. Col. Jno. Clarke. Desires he will send down a master with a press warrant; the boatswain and carpenter are sick, and he has to haul on shore to tallow, &c. 67
" " Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Lyme, Downs. Robt. Blackborne. The Vice-Admiral did not order him to convoy the Hannibal through the Channel, as the Admiralty Commissioners sent him down in such haste, and ordered his frigate to be fitted for a further voyage. It was not from any idle humour in him or disrespect to the service. Having lost the warrant for the minister, wants another. 68
" " Vice-Adm. Jno. Lawson, Fairfax, Downs. Adm Com. Has furnished them with the news from the Straits and Portugal. The neglect of the postmasters in forwarding the express brought by the Yarmouth, which lies with those of Southwark, was 200l. damage to the State, as the Yarmouth was forced to lie a week in the Gore. Sends an account of victuals in 6 frigates named in the Downs. The Tiger has come in with a Flemish hoy from Amstersdam, bound for Rouen, laden with goods which Capt. Saunders supposes are French, but the men and papers are under examination by the Sub-commissioners of the Prize Office at Dover. Has victualled the Gainsborough for a month out of the Lyme, and ordered the Hare pink to convoy the Fraternity of New England towards Scilly, so that there are now none but the Drake left, either for convoys or to cruise in the Narrow. Rear-Admiral Badiley has come in with the Andrew and two others very short of provisions. They lost the General on the 1st inst. 69, 70
" " " " [Robt. Blackborne.] To similar effect. Is advised by some merchants to ask leave to write to the Governors of Boulogne and Calais not to give refuge in their ports to the pirates who infest our coast, otherwise their fishermen should not fish on our coasts; if this were done, the fishermen of those places would stone the pirates away. 71
" " Roger Baker, Whitehall. " To present his petition for a purser's place to the Commissioners 72
" " John Greene, Deptford. Navy Comrs Sends the names of 10 ships in ordinary at Deptford, as also of the boatswains and number of men borne upon them; as he is perfecting his quarter books, and doubts whether boatswains ought to be thus kept, desires order. 73, 74
" " Jno. Davies Mr. Turner. Wants the return of 12 receipts annexed to Hen. Brockett's bill of transportation, as he has gone without giving notice thereof. 75
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. The Watermen's Company have sent in some accounts for pressing men which are high; many of the men never appeared; have put a stop upon them until they know whether the Admiralty Commissioners remit the punishment of the offenders, and whether to allow their charges. 76
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order that pursers be borne upon 6th rate ships, as well as others, in the place of stewards and clerks of the check. 77
" 6 " " " Order to advise with Mr. Pett and other builders as to building 4 advice boats 78
Oct. 6 Rear-Adm. Rich. Badiley, Andrew, Dover Road. [Robt. Blackborne.] Lost sight of Gen. Blake and his squadron in a fog near the Channel, and also of Rear-Adm. Stokes, but believes they are safe. Has only the Plymouth and Ruby with him, the General having sent the rest of his division home with packets for his Highness and the Commissioners. As his ships are in such a state that it would be hazardous to keep them in the Downs, and are also out of provisions, asks directions. 79
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Deptford. Adm. Com. Recommends his brother Benj. Young for a gunner's place in one of the new frigates 80
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Cannot find the Preston's men, and the captain is ill, but the clerk of the check will send up their names and crimes. The master of the Marston Moor refuses to go out in her again; another should be appointed. She cannot take in the sails and pumps required as well as the provisions. The sailmakers are working early and late. The Tredagh, Dartmouth, and Hopewell, will soon be ready to sail, but will want men. 81
" " " " " To like effect. Will go into the Bay and take account of the remains of stores on board the ships there. Has desired the commanders to be careful of them until the survey. 82
" " Capt. Edw. Blagge, Marston Moor, Portsmouth Harbour. Adm. Com. Has received theirs, that affairs in America require his speedy return thither; but at the solicitation of his wife and friends at Plymouth desires that he may be excused, and another commander appointed. Jno. Redwood the master, Derrick Curtis, carpenter, and Hill the cook, refuse to go; the others are willing, but there is neither lieutenant nor purser yet come, although the ship has been ready to go to Spithead these three days. Mr. Poortmans would pay the company while in harbour if it were not believed that not three of them would remain afterwards. Recommends Jno. Wentworth for master. 83
" 7 Capt. Philip Gethings, Portsmouth. " Being very ill, if his ship is to return to her station, begs an order to the master to take the command for a week or two, so as to see how the Lord will be pleased to deal with him. 84
" " Capt. Giles Heather, Princess Maria, Downs. Navy Comrs Sends two muster books. Gen. Blake, with 5 sail and a ketch, arrived in the Downs this morning, and 9 sail were sent home on 23 Sept., all being short of provisions. Has been on half allowance himself, and has very little left. 85
" " Vice-Adm. Jno. Lawson, Fairfax, Downs. Robt. Blackborne. Thanks for liberty to come to London to go to see his wife. Hopes Gen. Blake, with his Vice and Rear-Admiral, and 6 or 7 more, will be in the Thames and Chatham this evening. 86
" " " " Adm. Com. The General arrived yesterday; advised him to sail for Chatham, which he did, after which his Vice-Admiral and his Rear-Admiral Stokes came in, with the Unicorn, Bridgwater, and Elias; they have also gone towards the river; to-morrow will send Mr. Pitt, with 7,600l. prize money on board the Fairfax, in the William ketch for Chatham. If the General had not arrived, would have presumed to send Vice.-Adm. Badiley to Chatham, as also the 3rd rate frigates, their victuals being nearly spent, and the 4th rate into the river, which the General intends to do. Thanks for leave to come up to see his wife, who is very weak; will leave the business with Capt. Bourne. 87
Oct. 8 Col. E. Grosvenor Adm. Com. Is obliged for their civilities to his kinsman, Mr. Sharpe; if he did not know him well, would not be engaged for him; Morgan Powell is also willing to join. 88
" " Jno. Hill, Treasury of the Navy. Robt. Blackborne. Recommends Mr. White for a purser's place, Mr. Alderne having promised him one 89
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. As the master of the Marston Moor will not go in the return voyage, there is much need of another. Send the diver employed to find the guns belonging to the Liberty for a further allowance. He has received 30l. on account of his wages and to make engines; although the weather has prevented his expectations, he doubts not but to do some good in the spring east winds. 90
" " Capt. Mic. Nutton, Satisfaction, Falmouth. " On orders from the Council at Dublin, to take in the remainder of the goods belonging to LordDeputy Fleetwood, and then, upon arriving at Deptford, to wait instructions from the Admiralty Commissioners, set sail on 27 Sept.; but meeting with very rough weather, sprung several leaks, and had to keep the pumps going until he got into Falmouth; having now stopped them, will proceed. The Sorlings and Bryer are at Falmouth. 91
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. " Has desired the commanders of 5 ships to supply 10 men's victuals each, so as to get the Marston Moor's provisions on board, which may be done in 3 hours, if the other captains will lend men as they have promised; as she is unmanned, questions whether she should be sent out without 50 at the least, and Capt. Myngs cannot engage one of her men. Desires a warrant for his discharge. 92
" " Capts. Chas. Thorowgood and Edw. Blagge, Portsmouth. " Hearing that Mr. Poortmans intended paying off the Marston Moor, notwithstanding she is still in harbour, went to him and found the money ready upon the table; but having told him that if he paid before she arrived at Spithead, it would be a great hindrance to the service, he put up the money again, and went to London for further order. Thereupon the mariners, thinking they were deluded, began to be in a great distemper, until persuaded to wait till the Commissioners' decision was obtained; think they had now better be paid. 93
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Some 7 ships have been seen about the Nore Head; as soon as they arrive, will send an express. Asks where the men are to be paid. 3 ships have arrived with timber from Dean Forest, but it cannot be got out until 40 tons of shot laden upon it are disposed of. Attended two days last week at the sessions, on the trial of two men for stealing a piece of cable and a great piece of iron; although they were both alike guilty, one was acquitted and the other burnt in the hand. 94
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. A Flemish ship arrived from Bristol with timber, is very leaky, and has no bill of lading for the shot. Asks what is to be done with it. 95
Oct. 8 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Seven sail have been seen near the Nore Head, supposed to be some of Gen. Blake's fleet, two having flags in the main and foretops; as those appointed for Chatham will probably be at their moorings to-morrow, asks what to do with their men. Has ordered Mr. Hill to go to those ships, with instructions to keep off all hoys until they arrive at anchor. Will go and meet them to-morrow himself. 96
" " " " Navy Comrs The Fairfax having arrived, asks what to do with her, and where her men are to be paid. Is in hand with the Naseby, but dares not sheathe her with the glassy nails sent from London, as being so brittle, scarcely one will hold a blow without breaking. The 3 West India ships will soon sail. Sends some demands from the storekeeper, which he wishes hastened down. 97
" " Thos. Pointer " Delivered their warrant to Mr. Packwood, clerk of the check at Woolwich, for entering himself and servant on board the Speaker, but he scruples, because ordered to enter only a certain number, and no steward. As it is in course for pursers to be borne on 3rd-rate ships while in harbour, desires an order to enter him. 98
" 9 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay off the wages due to Edw. Hooper, late master's mate of the Islip 99
" " " " " Order to allow Mathew Davies his pay for the time he served in the Elizabeth as chaplain, though he had no warrant for so officiating. 100
" " " " " Order to pay Capt. Edw. Tarleton, late commander of the Islip, and Jno. Sayers master, ½ their wages, and reserve the other ½ for their neglect in performance of their duty as to the loss of the frigate. 101
" " Capt. Jos. Ames, Winsby, Falmouth. Adm. Com. Left Newfoundland the 15th ult., and the fleet having this day gone for Falmouth, went with them; Reserve is plying up to Plymouth with 2 or 3 others. Desires they will forward an enclosure from Newfoundland, as also a young deer for his Highness, from New England. Will see the ships to their several ports, and then proceed to Portsmouth. 102
" " Capt. R. Blake, the Hampshire, Plymouth. Robt. Blackborne. Is almost ready to sail, but the ship is very much worm eaten, and the powder much damaged; will make shift with 24 barrels. The mainmast has also sprung, but may serve for 2 months longer in the Channel. 103
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. Col. John Clarke. Is much importuned by Mrs. Blagge to prevent her husband's being sent on the next voyage. She is a sober, good woman, has 8 or 9 children, and is passionately affected with his absence. Begs that he may be spared this voyage. 104
" " " " Adm. Com. The frigate taken by the Saphire and Nightingale is new and a good sailer. Will use all means to get rid of the prisoners, and has promised them to 2 owners of ships if they will ship some stout crews. The Taunton has been provisioned and gone to Portsmouth, and the Nantwich and Assurance into Catwater. 105
" " Wm. Hempson Robt. Blackborne. Vice-Adm. Badiley had sent all the frigates to the Thames before the Commissioners' letter was received. 106
Oct. 9 Wm. Mayden Gen. Jno. Desborow. Hopes he will see that his petition is read, and something done towards finding him employment. Is recommended by Major-Gen. Skippon, and has seen much service against the Hollander. 107
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Sent the packet to Gen. Blake, who would have been at his moorings if he had not anchored at Sheerness. A dogger boat has arrived with 8 chests of money from the Downs. The General having sent for him and Mr. Arkinstall, they are about taking a boat to go. As no victuals have arrived for the 3 vessels setting out, will dispatch them to the Hope, where they may receive victuals. Waits an order to dispose of the 40 tons of shot from Dean Forest. 108
" " Capt. Edm. Thomson, Greyhound. " Has rigged, ballasted, and got the guns, &c., on board, and will sail for the Hope to get men; has 16, but should have 30. 109
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. " Rear-Adm. Dakins has agreed to take and dispose of the men between the Lion, Dover, and his own ship, and send in the Middleborough with the Torrington and Swiftsure's men; if sent in with her own, they would soon be gone. The Tiger has come in for a new bowsprit, and several others wait provisions. 110
" 10 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to suspend the wages of Gutteridge, gunner of the Unicorn, and Jno. Castle, gunner of the Diamond, for embezzlement. 111
" " " " " Order to pay off Gen. Blake's fleet as fast as they can, according to order of the Protector and Council. 112
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Dartmouth, Portsmouth. " On arriving from London, found the ship had only her low mast set, and only a man and boy entered, but has procured more men, and hopes to get others, besides those expected from London, and will then proceed to Spithead. Sends a certificate from Capt. Jno. Tippetts on behalf of Elias Wharff, as carpenter. Wants to return to London, to settle his accounts and wages, which he has not done for 3 years, as also an executorship, &c. 113,114
" " Capt. Robt. Plumleigh, Reserve, Plymouth Sound. " In July, certified his departure from Plymouth, and the taking and sending in there of a ship of Rochelle with fish; has since met another from Newfoundland, from whom he demanded the 10th due to the State, but as she had little money, was forced to receive 10l., 6 hogsheads of train oil, and 100 of dry fish. Since then, has been guarding the English fishery from the French, of whom there have been 100 sail fishing on the coast; the English have generally made a good voyage, and gone home. Will go for Portsmouth, but if he is to keep at sea, will want another suit of sails. 115
Oct. 10 Wm. Webb, Reserve, Plymouth Sound. Navy Comrs To. like effect. Went into the Bay of Bulls, where they found the English fishing without molestation; 3 weeks before, there were 3 French men-of-war endeavouring to get into our harbour, but they were prevented by the weather. They carried one boat and 3 Englishmen in her, and are reported to be gone for Canada. Many of the fishers are gone, and 21 sail are ready to go for England; a great part of our fleet have gone for Falmouth, under convoy of Capt. Ames of the Winsby. Has 6 weeks' provisions left, and is making for Portsmouth. 115
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Deptford. Robt. Blackborne. Has been prevented by illness from going to his ship at Portsmouth. Has sent to his lieutenant to get her ready for sailing against he comes; begs to be excused to the Commissioners. 117
" " Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Lyme, Downs. Adm. Com. Will do his utmost while left in charge during the absence of the Vice-Admiral in London; has directed the Drake and Advice to convoy some vessels, and then ply off the Ness and the French coast. The Gainsborough sailed as convoy for Dunkirk, but having met the packet boat, who stated that the Spaniards have made a stop and seizure of all English vessels in that port, she has returned. 118
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. To like effect 119
" " Capt. Dan. Baker, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has nearly completed his repairs; will survey and complete his provisions. No purser has arrived; has engaged Rich. Kneebon, recommended by the master builder, as carpenter. 120
" " Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, the Weymouth, Hoseley Bay. " The fishers are in a very good posture, and have not yet been disturbed; the Holland busses that formerly hindered them are not in close order, and do not come within our fleet, but only such as pass through to carry their herrings to Yarmouth. The French fishers have been blown upon their own coast by the storms, which have hindered the fishing, and done much damage to the nets. 121
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood. " Has sent an express about a mutiny amongst the company of the Marston Moor about their pay; 150 of them started for London, but many returned. The Deputy-Governor has an order from Lord Lambert to provide a vessel to carry a prisoner to Scilly; the Hopewell pink might serve. The pursers of the Marston and Preston have come down, and Capt. Blagge has recommended a master. The Tredagh and Dartmouth will soon be ready, if men appear and an order to enter them; the Diamond is taking in provisions. 122
" " Navy Comrs. " Capt. Taylor and Mr. Pett, master shipwright, propound for the 4 advice boats, vessels 42 feet long and 16 broad, ketch fashion, to carry 6 or 8 guns, and provisions for 30 or 40 men, at a cost of 300l. each; 2 to be built at Chatham and Woolwich, 2 by contract; desire their concurrence. Cannot procure glaziers, smiths, masons, coopers, caulkers, or armourers; those sent last year have not improved much; some workmen may be found upon the place, and if so, a great charge will be prevented. Send the names of ships at Deptford and Woolwich; ask order respecting the accounts of the Governors of Watermen's Hall. 123
Oct. 10 Robt. Waith, Sudbury. Thos. Turner, Deptford. Begs postponement of the meeting of himself and other competitors about a contract for canvas, or he will not be able to attend. Asks the names of the other competitors. 124
" " John Packwood, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Arrival of 5 ships named 125
" " John Greene, Deptford. Robt. Blackborne. Sends his half-yearly account of ships in harbour, viz., 13 ships and 27 men and boys. The Old Warwick wants a boatswain in the place of the one discharged. 126
" " Council List of 71 ships with the number of men borne on each; 11,000 in all 127
" " Capt. Phil. Holland Account of stores on board the Assurance 128
" 11 Jno Hooper and 2 others. Survey of the defects in the Assurance 129
" " " " Like survey of the Nantwich 130
" " Capt. Joseph Ames, Winsby, Spithead. Navy Comrs While in Newfoundland, supplied Nich. Redwood, commander of a ship belonging to Ald. John Frederick of London, with a stream cable for the security of the ship and their lives, they having damaged their own through extremity of the weather; encloses Redwood's bill on Ald. Frederick for it, which he hopes will be met. 131
" " " " Adm. Com. Sent from Falmouth a letter to his Highness, with a young deer from Mr. Williams, President in Providence Plantation, New England. Came out of Falmouth yesterday, with 12 sail of Newfoundlanders, and waits orders. 132
" " Capt. Lamb. Cornelius, Cornelian, Dover. " Has arrived from Jersey with John Lilburne, and several hogsheads of cider from Col. Gibbon, Governor, and waits orders. Begs removal into a ship of more force; could do more had he the ability; there are many offenders about these parts daily, and between them and the Brest menof-war, a small frigate like his cannot annoy them, as will be understood by Col. Gibbon's letter. 133
" " Capt. Alex. Farly, the Basing, Milford Haven. " According to order from Gen. Monk at Dumbarton, sailed for Inverlochy with the money for the garrison, and has now come in for instructions; his victuals are expended, and the ship having been off the ground 6 months is very foul. 134
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs The George, Andrew, and Unicorn have come to anchor below Gillingham; hopes to get them up to their moorings, and asks an order for payment of their men. No victuals have arrived for the two frigates, nor any one to take care of the shot stowed upon the timber sent from Dean Forest. 135
" " " " Adm. Com. To similar effect. Sent away their letter to Gen. Blake 136
" " Capt. Rich. Potter, Constant Warwick. " Returns a letter received from Capt. Hatsell for Gen. Blake, not being able to find him, as he has gone home. Will call at Lisbon, when unable to keep out longer, for orders. 137
Oct. 11 Capt. John Smith, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Asks an order to haul the Pearl on shore, and a deputy to be appointed in the room of the carpenter, who is sick. 138
" 12 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay Capt. Jeremy Country the wages due for the time he served in the Portsmouth shallop. 139
" " Augustine Aldridge, Lydney. Navy Comrs Sends account of timber at Lydney Pill, and asks money to carry on the work, as he is bound to pay for carriage and wages, and payment is the life of all good employment. 140, 141
" " Capt. Roger Cuttance, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. The ships that came home may be repaired in dry dock; the Foresight requires the most. Care has been taken to prevent embezzlements by boatswains, gunners, and carpenters, and a survey made of their remains by each commander. The Diamond has sailed. 142
" " Capt. Christ. Myngs, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. On arriving at Portsmouth, found his company in such an attitude as does not admit of further employment; for his own influence on them, they are most strange faces to him, and if pressed, they might infect others with their own baseness and fear. His first business will be to get the frigate to Spithead, and then may lay a groundwork to the manning; there are some men belonging to some of the Straits' ships who may be willing to go if their money is paid. 143
" " Capt. Robt. Sansum, the Portsmouth, Spithead. " When off the Isle of Wight, there being much wind, his main chain plates gave way, and the mainmast broke short off. Has notice of a ship of 26 guns, very richly laden, coming from Newhaven, bound South, ready to sail with the first wind. 144
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. " Received their express whilst going to pay the Marston's men; has secured two of the worst, and sends their accusation made by the boatswain; none of the men appear. Has desired Capt. Cuttance to get out the ship, as Capt. Myngs desires to have her as soon as possible. The Hopewell pink will soon be ready, if she has men, as also the Dartmouth; the Winsby, Reserve, Taunton, and Portsmouth have arrived. The master of the Preston is thought an able and careful seaman. Capt. Blagge has gone. Encloses returns of ships' stores. 145
" " Capt. Thos. Vallis, Portsmouth. " Received their letter from Capt. Hatsell, took in a week's provisions, and came to Portsmouth; desires orders. 146
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Dartmouth, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. His ship has been tallowed; has entered several men, expects more, and will get to Spithead when ordered, and use all diligence on his station; his guns have not arrived. 147
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Has put in hand the making of the 2 pinnaces, 3 dozen spars, &c., to be sent in the Indian for the 15 frigates; some shall be shipped at once; the three great ships are laid up two miles below Gillingham till next spring. 148
" 13 Capt. Jno. Tippetts, Portsmouth. " Has completed 6 of the pumps ordered for the ships in America, and is in hand with 4 more, 2 of which will be chain pumps, in case any of the ships should leak much; all will be ready by the 17th. As Mr. Dymock fears the hammocks will not be completed, desires they will send down 1,000. Particulars of ships. 149
Oct. 13 Capt. Lamb. Cornelius, Cornelian, Dover. Adm. Com. His frigate having received some injury through the foul weather, and being unfit to go to sea, has come in to be repaired. 150
" " Thos. White, Dover " Begs an order for repairing the Cornelian; having no authority from the generals or commanderin-chief, dares not commence the work, save stopping her leaks, without one. 151
" " " " Navy Comrs To like effect 152
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. Adm. Com. The Indian is ready to take in her victuals and cargo, but wants a master; recommends Mr. Tobias' son, who has been on a similar voyage. 153
" " Derrick Curtis, Portsmouth. " Has been employed as carpenter 14 years, been in the wars with the Dutch, and never absent from sea for 3 months together, as is well known to Generals Blake and Penn, and Rear-Adm. Badiley. Was also employed by the Protector, while carpenter of the Elizabeth, to build a bridge at Ross, in Ireland, 740 feet over; has since been with Admiral Badiley in the Straits, where he was an instrument in preserving the Paragon from being destroyed, and was then preferred to the Marston Moor as carpenter. Being sick, and having a wife and 5 children to work for, begs to provide a substitute, being unable to go her present voyage. 154
" " Thos. Scott, Deptford. " Cannot employ the bearer in rigging the new frigate until a quantity of shrouds and stays for other ships are fetched away. 155
" " Capt. Edm. Thomson, Advantage, Liverpool. Navy Comrs Having received his provisions, fell down to the Black Rock, when the wind shifting, was forced back to Trangmore Lyne, where he formerly rode. 156
" " " " R. Blackborne. Begs payment to his clerk of the check of the money due on some tickets. With note that the writer has already borrowed and paid 23l., but has not yet received all his money. 157
" " Jno. Sayers Col. Jno. Clarke. Begs an order for payment of his wages, being far from home and in great straits, with a wife and 7 children. 158
" " Capt. Phil. Holland Demand for carpenter's stores required in the Assurance frigate 159
" " Capt. Robt. Vessey, Nightingale, Falmouth. Adm. Com. Went to Plymouth, repaired, victualled, and plyed between Scilly and Cape Clear, by order of Capt. Heaton, to surprise the Brest men-of-war. Hearing of a small pirate laying thereabouts, and espying a sail, the James of Brest, chased her as far as the Lizard, and then lost sight of her. 160
" " Jos. Hunt " Petition to be purser of the Portsmouth, in which he has served 3 years as steward. With certificates of Capts. John Bourne and Rob. Sansum. 161–163
" " Capt. Ben. Sacheverell. Thos. Kelsey. Recommends the above petition 164
" " Isaac Lukin, steward's mate. Note of provisions on board the Advice 165
Oct. 13 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay the tickets of such of the ships' companies at Portsmouth, lately returned from the Straits, as are willing to enter the Marston Moor for present service. 166
" " Capt. N. Heaton Certificate that Edm. Nuton volunteered into the Saphire at Portsmouth last January, and has been honest and diligent. 167
" 14 Capt. Jno. Geffery Account of the carpenter's expense of stores from 4 June last, and notes of boatswain and carpenter's stores required. 168–170
" " Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Lyme, Downs. [Robt. Blackborne.] Sends a list of 5 ships in the Downs, and an account of the victuals on board. Has sent a dogger and ketch as convoy beyond Ostend, and the Gainsborough to Calais. Wants a warrant for his minister. 171, 172
" " Capt. Philip Gethings, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Waits the remainder of his provisions, delayed by the bad weather; hopes to be well enough to be with his company in a few days, and will then find out where the neglect is. 173
" 15 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill of imprest to Mary, wife of Vice-Admiral Goodson, for 300l. on account of her husband's pay, she having a letter of attorney from him. 174
" " Capt. Dan. Baker, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Is waiting for men and gunner's stores, but hopes to proceed on the winter expedition next week. 175
" " Thos. Malony, Minister, Manlie Callis, and 4 others, Deptford. " Recommend Hen. Carless, parishioner of Deptford, as master carpenter for the new frigate building there. 176
" " Capt. Jno. Geffery, the Nantwich, Catwater. " Asks whether the money due to his men for short allowance will be paid; the master is careless and ignorant; desires another. 177
" " E. Hayward, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne. Recommends Rich. Corke, late steward in the James, as a purser; asks further time to execute the Admiralty Commissioners' commands respecting the accounts of the chest. 178
" " Capt. Christ. Myngs, Marston Moor, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Wants another carpenter, the former declining to proceed on this voyage 179
" " " " " Request that Mathew Davis, his former chaplain, may be his chaplain in the Marston Moor 180
" " Navy Comrs. " Ask how several bills of exchange, sent by commanders of the fleet in the West Indies for provisions bought there, and another from Capt. Leverett for 500l., for supplies for the forts in New England, are to be paid. As there is much repairing work going on, the building of the advise boats would be sooner completed by contract. 181
" " " " " Send surveys of provisions and stores aboard the ships from the West Indies. Hear that the Cornelian has come in very leaky, and will require many repairs; ask speedy directions. With their reply, 16 Oct., that they will not go to any heavy expense; but if ordinary repairs will fit the Cornelian for service, she should be put in hand. 182, 183
Oct. 15 Capt. Mic. Nutton, Satisfaction, Gravesend. Adm. Com. Has brought some of Lord-Deputy Fleetwood's goods from Dublin, and will come up to Deptford as ordered. 184
" " Com. Peter Pett, Chatham. " Particulars of ships. The wind being contrary, has been unable to bring up the 3 great ships, but is paying off the George; hopes to dispatch the other 2 by Thursday, the Treasurer having arrived. 185
" " Capt. Giles Shelley, the Colchester, Tynemouth Haven. " Put into Leith Road through foul weather; being sick, could not go on shore. Sent to the General, who ordered that when he had only 14 days' provisions, he was to go in; but if it would last to the end of November, then he was to haul on shore at North Shields, and only wash, which was much needed, as having been off the ground 9 months, her grass was so long and the barnacles and mussels so numerous that every collier outsailed her. On her next coming in, she will want many alterations and repairs. Being victualled to 22 Dec., will hasten to his station. 186
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Jno. Tippetts, Portsmouth. " The Essex wants more breadth, and several alterations. The Tredagh waits a wind, and although some men from the Marston Moor and other ships have joined her, more are required; they may be had about Weymouth and Poole, the New England ships having come home. 187
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood. Navy Comrs Will finish the new sails next week, but cannot stow them from the rats and from rotting, unless he has dry fatts to put them in. The pumps are ready. Asks what to put into the Marston Moor, as some of her old men have re-entered; it is not safe to send her into the Road without 40 or 50, and men are required to get in her provisions. The Admiralty Commissioners have directed Mr. Tippetts to girdle the Essex. Should Gen. Blake's fleet, now in the Bay, come in to refit, they will want a suit of sails each, and there are none in store. 188
" " Ordnance Officers Adm. Com. Have fitted the Marston Moor with 54 brass and iron ordnance guns for her present voyage 189
" 16 Comrs. of Customs Robt. Blackborne. As the guns and ammunition in the smack employed by the Custom House are exhausted and defective by long usage, want 4 small brass guns of 2 or 3 cwt. each, ammunition, and materials. 190
" " John Atkins, Rochester. " Recommends the late purser of the Triumph, discharged through sickness, for further employment 191
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Has laid up the provisions of the Brest frigate. The Hampshire is still detained for want of a wind, as also the ships with provisions for those in the Sound. Capt. Heaton being still very ill, Capt. Claye of the Bryer should have his command, and Lieut. Thos. Morgan of the Hampshire succeed Claye. John Rye, steward of the Sorlings, should be made a purser. Has ordered the Bryer to convoy the cloth vessels from Topsham to Newhaven. Victualling of ships. 192
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. Begs to be remembered to Gen. Blake and Mr. Creed 193
" " Capt. Jno. Best, Hull. " Wants employment, having refitted himself with necessaries; asks an order to engage men, there being many volunteers. 194
Oct. 16 John Tye, Hull Blackborne. Several vessels have arrived from North Yarmouth to lade lead for transportation; does not wish to prejudice Mr. Putinger, a very honest man, but thinks the Commissioners ought to know this; it must benefit the merchants, and it is questioned whether they have the same rules for weighing it there as here. 195
" " Capt. N. Heaton, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Asks leave to come to London, being unable to serve through illness 196
" " Capt. Fras. Cranwill, Hare, Cowes. " Waits a wind to convoy the Fraternity of New England as far as Scilly; will have to revictual at Plymouth before returning to the Downs. 197
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for a survey of the defects in the ships lately returned from the Straits and West Indies 198
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, the Lizard. Adm. Com. Account of money paid to his company from the proceeds of the sale of goods taken out of the Trooper of Limerick. 199
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" 17 Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Dartmouth, Portsmouth. " Having entered 40 men of his old company, who came from London, and expecting 20 volunteers from Poole, will get his frigate dispatched; hopes they will receive their conduct money as promised. 1
" " Ordnance Officers Gunners of ships Rules for the better regulating of their accounts, the preservation of the stores, and delivering up of the remains at the end of the voyage. 2
" " Alex. Covill Adm. Com. Petition for payment of his wages as a mariner in the Portsmouth shallop, taken by a Brest manof-war. With reference to the Navy Commissioners. 3
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, and Phin. Pett. " Account of the timber on board a ship belonging to Edw. Whitton of Rochester. The deals are worth from 5l. 5s. to 7l. per 100. 4
" " Capt. Thos. Vallis, Portsmouth. " Has taken an account of the remains of stores on board, and will be careful to prevent embezzlements. The repairs needed may be done at Portsmouth. 5
" " Thos. White, Dover Navy Comrs Sends copy of a former letter, not having received any reply, and the ship and her company lying idle. The Cornelian is very leaky; Mr. Tatnell is in hand with her; asks orders about her repairs mentioned. 6
" " Capt. Ben. Sacheverell, London. " Cannot attend them on the matter between himself and Rich. Grace, being ordered down to the Nantwich by the Admiralty Commissioners; hopes they will do what is right therein. 7
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Tredagh, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has his provisions on board, but waits for beer, of which there is a deficiency through supplying Gen. Blake's fleet at Spithead. Will get out, so as to keep his men on board. Asks orders with regard to the recent alterations concerning clerks of the check and pursers. 8
Oct. 17 Capt. Anth. Young, Tredagh, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Recommends Capt. Wilkes, who has suffered great loss through the burning in the West Indies of the Discovery, of which he was commander, for satisfaction. 9
" " Capt. Dan. Baker, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Will sail for Scilly next week. Asks how to proceed upon arriving at his station 10
" 18 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill upon the Navy Treasurer for payment of 1,087l. 10s. 2d. due to the owners of the Marmaduke, after deducting Capt. Royden's share of 82l. 5s. 3¾d., and to take a bill of sale from them for their several shares and interests therein. 11
" " Robt. Blackborne, Whitehall. " The Admiralty Commissioners have ordered the Cornelian to the Downs, where she is to spend her present victuals; if on further survey she be found not fit for sea, they will order her into the river. 12
" " Capt. John Bourne, the Lyme, Downs. [Robt. Blackborne.] Thanks for his friendship; recommends Capt. Valentine Tatnell, formerly of the Rosebush, as fit to be employed in obtaining intelligence from Ostend and Dunkirk. Has received the copy of his minister's warrant; complains of his steward as being absent and idle. Particulars of ships. 13
" " Lieut. Hugh Middleton, the Marston Moor, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Has been detained by contrary winds, but hopes to get to Spithead to-day, and there get some men, as 100 have volunteered; there are 100 merchant ships at Cowes, out of which he expects to get more. 14
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Wants a deputy appointed during the absence of Edw. Crouch, carpenter of the Pearl, who has long been ill, and unable to assist in getting her out. 15
" 19 Capt. Joseph Ames, Winsby, Downs. " Received their letter at Spithead, and sends the bond, which is void, as the conditions have been performed; hopes now for payment of the bill accepted. 16
" " Augustus Aldridge, Lydney, Forest of Dean. " Has sent his accounts for his operations in Dean Forest. Has 13,000 trenails ready for shipment. Will go on providing the best timber. The last shipload sent has arrived at Bristol. 17
" " Robt. Browne, Pembroke. Adm. Com. The Basing has come into Milford from the Scotch coast, by order of Gen. Monk, out of provisions; has supplied her for 28 days, and will tallow her. Capt. Parker came in last week, but did not stay. Several ships bound for Virginia and France wait a wind. 18
" " Capt. Phil. Holland, Assurance, Plymouth. " Has tallowed and taken in guns, and hopes to be ready for sailing next week. Will want more men. Desires some consideration for those he has, as they have been 6 weeks on short allowance. 19
Oct. 19 Capt. Robt. Smith, Rochester. Col. Jno. Clarke. Has searched all the smiths' houses and other suspicious places for the ironwork embezzled, and found 6,300 cwt. of good serviceable articles, nearly 50 cwt. being on one man, and the evidence of his servants proves that the goods seized belonged to the State. Has taken a room to stow them in, also bonds of those having them for their appearance before the Admiralty Commissioners when required. Encloses a paper from the clerk of the check and cook of the Unicorn, accusing the boatswain of embezzlement; advised them to apply to Commissioner Pett, but they think him soft in such matters. With examinations taken 16 Oct., of Steven Clarke, Jeremy Giles, and Jno. Thompson, servant and apprentices to Robt. Moore, of Gillingham, Kent, as to their master's purchasing ships' stores of the carpenters and other officers, and reselling them to the State. Also examination of Rich. Burton, of St. Margaret's, Rochester, blacksmith, 18 Oct., that he bought some of the iron seized of a labourer employed in the State's yard at Chatham, who said he had it from a ship, but does not remember where he purchased the remainder. Also account of embezzled stores found in possession of persons named about Chatham and Rochester, and seized by order of the Admiralty Commissioners. 20–25
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. Adm. Com. On their letter about the short allowance money due to the Hampshire, has paid Capt. Blake 7d. a day each man, but if the rest of the fleet only have 6d., he will return the difference. Capt. Heaton, being unfit for the winter service, is going home. Wrote Col. Clarke about pursers and the short allowance money for the Nantwich and Assurance. Particulars of ships. 26
" " Capt. Alex. Farly, the Basing, Milford Haven. " Carried the money for the soldiers from Dumbarton Firth to Inverlochy, by order of Gen. Monk, and then came to Milford to clean and victual, having been off the ground 7 months. 27
" " Navy Comrs. " Send intelligence of importance received from Mr. White of Dover 28
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Recommends Robt. Parsons, carpenter of the Plover, for the Pearl, and desires a warrant to Mr. Packwood to enter him. 29
" " Capt. Jno. Grove, Pembroke frigate. Robt. Blackborne. Has tried to dispatch his frigate, but had no order to enter men until 3 days after he had his commission; on sending to Deptford for his sails, they had been disposed of to other ships. If he can obtain sails, hopes to get to the Hope on Monday, and the rest of his provisions may be sent after him. 30
" " " " Adm. Com. When commander of the Cardiff in her last voyage, found her tight and well sheathed, but being 14 years old, she was weak abaft; thinks she can be made serviceable at a small charge. 31
" 20 John Packwood, Woolwich. Robt. Blackborne. Sends his reasons for maintaining that it is of greater advantage to the State to have ships fitted out at Woolwich than elsewhere, although some have endeavoured to show to the contrary; 10 seamen home on board wages will do more service therein in one day than 30 of the ship's company; although there is less store room at Woolwich, there are other conveniences which do not exist in the other yards. 32
Oct. 20 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to suspend the wages of David Rogers, boatswain of the Unicorn, for embezzlement of cordage; also the wages of 9 mariners named belonging to the same ship, for being engaged in a mutiny at Chatham. 33
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. Adm. Com. Has delivered their second warrant to Nich. Jordan for his appearance before them on the 24th instant; he replied that he had written to them thereon. 34
" " Capt. Gabriel Saunders, Tiger, Spithead. Robt. Blackborne. Has come in for beer, having supplied the Preston when the West India fleet arrived, and lost more in leaking and stinking beer. Upon receipt of 10 tuns just come alongside, will return to his station until his victuals are expended. 35
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Dartmouth, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Having entered 60 men, besides others just come down, desires a warrant for Jno. Robinson, the master, and hopes to sail next week for the Downs. 36
" " Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, the Weymouth. " Sends request by 18 owners of fishing vessels bound westward, for the appointment of the Weymouth as a convoy to see them home, there being a rumour of several Ostend men-of-war out. Has been staying with the fishers, who have not been disturbed either by French or Flemish. The West Country fishers are going home, and those of Yarmouth go in 14 days. 37, 38
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Tredagh, Spithead. Robt. Blackborne. Is ready to sail, but desires instructions how to act, since the alteration of clerks of the check to pursers. 39
" " Thos. Scott, Deptford. [Navy Comrs.]. The new frigate being nearly ready for launching, desires order for entering seamen 40
" " Josiah Child, Portsmouth. " Will send accounts, but his disbursements exceed his receipts, and he cannot obtain money on the terms they propose at 30 days' sight, 3 or 6 days being the customary time. 41
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, John Tippetts. Survey of the defects of the Cardiff at Portsmouth 42
" " Ordnance officers Certificate that Wm. Bous, master gunner of the Marigold, has returned his remains of ordnance, ammunition, &c., into the stores, and given in his account of his expenditure. 43
" " Capt. Hen. Pack Navy Comrs Certifies that Thos. Rouse of the Amity frigate under his command, was at the time of his decease in debt to Anth. Porter, the clerk of the check, whom he called his cousin, and the nearest of kin he had living. 44
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to allow Jno. Sayers, late master of the Islip, the money due to him as pilot, and to pay the wages due since he has been master. 45
" " " " Navy Comrs Order for the navy victualler to send victuals for 500 men for a month to the Fairfax in the Downs, and for supply of any ships there in want, taking the present pursers' or stewards' receipts for the same. 46
Oct. 20 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for a survey of the Elias at Woolwich 47
" " " " Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order for washing and tallowing the Basing frigate at Milford, and supplying her with 4 months' victuals. 48
" " " " Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Rear-Adm. Geo. Dakins, of Gen. Penn's fleet, for his pay at 20s. a day while he served in the Paragon. 49
" 22 " " " Order for an account to be taken of the remains of stores brought home by Gen. Blake's fleet 50
" " Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Lyme, Downs. Adm. Com. The Reserve and Winsby have arrived; the Gainsborough and Advice wait wind and weather, and the Greyhound has gone as convoy. Will dispose of the victuals as directed, and give orders to the steward of the Fairfax and check of the Lyme, when they return from London. 51
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. To like effect. Hopes Mr. Creed is better 52
" " Josiah Child, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs May be able to take up 2,000l. or 3,000l. at Winchester and Southampton in a few days, if ordered. Has been ordered from the Admiralty Commissioners to pay by ticket all volunteers to the Marston Moor out of Gen. Blake's fleet, and the captain intends to let the men receive their whole pay, although it would be safer to detain a part until the ship is at sea; has good reason to believe they will desert as soon as they receive full pay; but as he persists in paying, desires orders. 53
" " E. Hayward, Chatham. Navy Comrs Jno. Culmer's accounts for the State's provisions being satisfactory, they may grant his allowance as heretofore. 54
" " Capt. Christ. Myngs, the Marston Moor, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has been delayed from getting out; the victuallers cannot accomplish their part in less than a fortnight, and a carpenter is wanting; hopes they will consider the labour of swimming against the stream. Has enlisted 100 volunteers, and might have had 50 more, from the plyers in the Channel, but for Capt. Thorowgood, who alleged that it was against order; no money has yet arrived to pay those willing to serve, and Capt. Nixon is unwilling to discharge such as are free. 55
" " Navy Comrs. " Report on the petition of Simon Arrowsmith, late steward of the Islip, cast away upon the Scotch coast, that they cannot disprove that the remains of victuals were not lost with her, and know no reason why his bond should not be delivered up. 56
" " " " " Have ordered a survey to be made of the defects in the Elias at Woolwich and send particulars; with the survey by Christ. Pett and Sam. Raven. 57, 58
" " Jno. Tippetts, Portsmouth. " Sends account of ships returned from the Straits, and their wants. Desires they will hasten the 1,000 hammocks for the ships in Jamaica, as the Marston Moor can receive them next week, having some men enlisted and more expected. 59
Oct. 22 Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Jno. Tippetts, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Send survey of the Cardiff, which is fit for a man-of-war, and may be ready in 14 days if furnished with men and provisions, as may also the Marston Moor. Particulars of ships. 60
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Sends a certificate on behalf of Mr. Chillingworth, who has been much maligned. Hears that Wifield would have sent stinking fish to Gen. Blake's fleet had it not been prevented; he tried to cause mutiny among the seamen for want of fish money, and has thrown much discredit on the State by causing the ordinary to neglect their business in running after him for their money, which he agreed to give them for victuals. 61
" 23 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for taking off the workmen employed upon the new ship at Chatham, and from other work where they can be spared, that they may be wholly applied to dispatch the Triumph. 62
" " " " " Order to direct the cleaning and revictualling of the Drake and Cornelian at Dover 63
" " Captain Lambert Cornelius, the Cornelian, Dover. Robt. Blackborne. Delivered the cider to Mr. White, who has shipped it for London. Asks influence to get him removed to a better ship, which has been often promised. 64
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. Navy Comrs Sends accounts for disbursements in refitting frigates, for goods bought for the stores and gunners, amounting together to 799l. 0s. 2d., for which he has charged bills on the treasurer. Particulars of ships. Will shortly have to trouble them about a supply of stores, and is much importuned for money due to sick and aged men discharged from the Nantwich and Assurance, whose tickets were delivered to Edw. Pattison to procure the money, as also by two poor women, whose husbands died in the West India expedition, and who have sent up letters of attorney to Fras. Hacker, to receive their husbands' due. 65
" " " " Adm. Com. To similar effect. Will pay the company of the Nantwich their short allowance money at 6d. a day; Capt. Geffery objects to the master as unfit for his duties. 66
" " Capt. Phil. Holland, Assurance, Plymouth. Robt. Blackborne. Is taking in provisions, and will be ready to sail this week 67
" " Robt. Kirby, Isa. Chere, Edw. Harris. Certificate that Tho. August and Robt. Porter, of the Sophia, were left on the island near Pharoh, by order of the General, to look after some masts put on shore there, and had short allowance money due from 23 Mar. to 12 Aug. 1655, but between 1 May and 23 July they were on full allowance. 68
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Ask how to dispose of a quantity of clothing brought back by Gen. Penn's fleet from the Indies, supplied by Vice-Adm. Goodson, as being defective, and much eaten by rats, it is unfit to be sent there again. 69
" " Ordnance Officers Navy Comrs Propose that the powder makers be ordered to deliver all powder into the stores in casks, warranted wind and water-tight, made of the best material, of double thickness, and bound with 12 hoops, and that they be allowed 8d. for each cask; also that a number of similar casks be sent in to pack the loose powder for supply ships. 70
Oct. 23 Capt. Geo. Pley, London. Robt. Blackborne. Asks assistance for Isaac Holmes of Weymouth, in obtaining the command of a ship, having long been so employed. 71
" " [Capt. Robt. Smith, Rochester.] Examination before him of Jas. Gibson of Rochester, blacksmith, that he purchased 12lbs. of old ship iron, such as spikes, bolts, &c., and 48lbs. of shot, iron bars, &c., of Thos. Ashby, who said it was given to him by some of the company of the Andrew for carrying their goods. With Gibson's bond, 24 Oct., in 100l. for his appearance before the Admiralty Commissioners on summons. 72, 73
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Tredagh, Spithead. Adm. Com. Has received their instructions, and will repair to the Downs, but it is blowing hard 74
" 24 Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Lyme, Downs. Robt. Blackborne. The captain of the Winsby having brought home a deer as a present to the Protector, and received no order therein, has sent it on board the Reserve, whose captain has 6 hogsheads of train oil, and 30l. in money received from a Biscaneer at sea on account of 10ths. Particulars of ships. 75
" " Captain Lambert Cornelius, the Cornelian, Dover. Navy Comrs Will soon be ready to sail; desires order to the Sub-Commissioners at Dover to recruit the chest of his surgeon, who has not reserved free gift or imprest money; wants new main shrouds. 76
" " " " Adm. Com. Desires order to Mr. White to supply him with victuals. Although well acquainted with the windings and turnings about Jersey, cannot alone and with such a small vessel prevent all those pirates which daily annoy it, to the great prejudice of those isles. 77
" " Capt. Thos. Harrison, Upnor Castle. Robt. Blackborne. As the business of settling pursers is before the Admiralty Commissioners, desires he will remind them of the petition and certificates of Stephen Pyend for a purser's place; he served 3 years as purser and steward in the Vanguard, &c. 78
" " " " Col. Jno. Clarke. To like effect. Pyend has served the State 7 years, was in all the engagements against the Dutch, and behaved stoutly. 79
" " " " Col. Kelsey. To like effect. Spoke to Mr. St. Nicholas about Mr. Crocker's being removed to Ash, and he wished it were done. 80
" " Abra. Hulett Adm. Com. Petition for payment of the arrears of wages due to Thos. Blackman, late of Portsmouth, Marshal General to the fleet, and captain of a foot company in the expedition to America, who died at Jamaica 19 May. He bequeathed most of his estate to Francis, his only son, but not appointing any executor, and his son being an infant, the Prerogative Court granted administration to petitioner. With certificates of Mark Cottle, registrar, and Gen. Penn, to that effect; and reference by the Admiralty Commissioners to the Navy Commissioners, to make out a bill as desired, on production of the letters of administration. 81–83
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor [Navy Comrs.] A new graving place for ships having been made near the yard at Chatham, it is found necessary to make a wharf near it, which will cost 100l.; asks a warrant. 84
" " " " Survey of deals at Rochester belonging to Mr. Whitton, value 5l. 5s. 0d., and 7l. a 100, all fit for service. 85
Oct. 24 Capt. Thos. Wilson, Dover Castle. Col. Kelsey. Sends a return of the business of Feversham; there will be a great breach between the parties if some expedient be not offered. If the wardens would nominate Mr. Gibbon to the town, it would be a good expedient. 86
" " Capt. Ben. Sacheverell, the Norwich, Hope. Adm. Com. Has used all expedition in getting the victuals and stores on board, and if he can procure more men, will sail to the Downs, though much of the carpenter's work has to be finished. Recommends Rich. Cooper for minister. 87
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth. " The Marston Moor went out with only 30 men, although 110 were entered. Capt. Myngs is displeased that he was not allowed to have some out of the Preston, and is confident she will have to stay awhile, until properly manned. 88
" 25 " " " Particulars of the arrival of ships 89
" " " " Navy Comrs To like effect 90
" " Adm. Com. " Order for fitting out the Lion, Mathias, Convertine, Bear, and Cardiff, as men-of-war for foreign service. 91
" " " " Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to give directions for sheathing the Naseby at Chatham 92
" " " " " Order to examine the account of Capt. Tarleton, commander of the Islip, which he promises to verify by the evidence of his company, his books and papers being lost when the ship was cast away. 93
" " " " " Order to pay off the Satisfaction at Deptford 94
" " Capt. Robt. Clarke, the Bristol, Spithead. Robt. Blackborne. Thanks for favours; having sent particulars of his voyage to the Admiralty Commissioners, will not trouble him with them. 95
" " Capt. Robt. Nixon, Centurion. Adm. Com. Recommends Robt. Whetnall, clerk of the check of the Centurion, as purser under the new regulations. 96
" " Comr. Peter Pett Certificate of the good conduct of Mich. Miles, late steward of the Entrance, while at Chatham 97
" " Capt. Jno. Smith, Gravesend. Adm. Com. After waiting at Woolwich 3 days for his provisions, which lay in a hoy by his ship two tides, was forced to meet her at Blackwall, to tow her aboard. Will hasten to the Downs. 98
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Tredagh, Downs. " Spoke a Dutch man-of-war of 40 guns off Beachy Head, but she had no news. She seemed a fine new ship, so she and he tried, but he was too hard for her in sailing. 99
" 26 Capt. Dan. Baker, Portsmouth. " Only wants men, but they are hard to get; there is no money to pay those of the Straits' fleet, which causes the men to be backward. Desires that such as he can influence, having tickets granted, may be paid off when he comes in to revictual. Would have been at Spithead but for the weather. 100
Oct. 26 Rich. Browne, Pembroke. Major Robt. Thomson. Milford being' appointed a victualling port, informed Col. Clarke, when at London, of the applications made to him for provisions for tallowing and fitting the ships appointed on the coast, but time did not permit the obtaining what he wanted. The Basing being there on his return, and the captain being out of money, furnished him with supplies for tallowing, and will send up the account. Husbanded the expense, but the weather being so foul, the boats with the guns were forced to attend 6 days. which augmented the charge. Some one should be appointed to do such things; if he is to do them, will endeavour the good of the public. 101
" " " " Adm. Com. Arrival and repairs of ships 102
" " Capt. Alex. Farly, the Basing, Milford Haven. " Sent two letters since his arrival, and waits orders. Having been off the ground 7 months, and being very foul, has tallowed and fitted, and now requires provisions. 103
" " Capt. Nich. Foster, and 3 others. Certificate that Tristram May, late clerk of the check of the Phœnix, faithfully discharged his duties, as well in the engagements with the enemy as at all other times, and is well qualified to be a purser. 104
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Plymouth. Robt. Blackborne. Delivered the tickets for the Nantwich and Assurance to Captains Geffery and Holland, and advised them to be careful how they gave them out, Capt. Sparling, of the Assurance, has come in with a cracked bowsprit, and brought in a little bunker with her. There are 9 vessels which were bound for St. Sebastian and Bilboa, one from New England, and 8 with fish from Newfoundland which are come off from St. Anthony's Road, near Bilboa, one of the masters having notice of the seizure and embargo there. He will have his hands full if there is a war with Spain. 105
" " " " Adm. Com. Will pay the captains of the Nantwich and Assurance their short allowance money; but for the weather, they would have had their 4 months' provisions on board. Mr. Fox has signed his bond. Mr. Barber, purser of the Assurance, doubts not but his friends will be bound. Delivered the instructions to Captains Geffery and Holland, who promised to be careful of their charge. Capt. Sparling has come in with a cracked bowsprit. He met, amongst other ships, a ship of London from St. Anthony's, near Bilboa, who told him of the embargo and seizure in Spain, which he had imparted to other ships, who thereupon all came away. Sparling also met 5 ships of Bilboa and St. Sebastian, laden with fish, from Newfoundland, bound home, and suffered them to pass, having no orders to meddle with them. 106
" " Navy Comrs. " Understanding that the Bristol, with Capt. Haddock, Mr. Morley, and Master Everett, commanders of the 3 victualling ships sent to Gen. Blake's fleet, has arrived at Spithead, desire order for the disposal of the provisions on board, and whether they shall unlade at Portsmouth. With order 27 Oct., that the Hannibal discharge her stores at Portsmouth, and her victuals be given to Capt. Alderne's instrument, and that the others discharge their stores in like manner, and then come to London. 107, 108
Oct. 26 Capt. Jno. Parker, Truelove, Milford Haven. Adm. Com. Came in to victual. Had very sore weather at sea, and they were in great hazard of their lives, if Providence had not cast them into Waterford Harbour. The ship being small, the channel narrow and dangerous, and the nights long, they are unable to endure the seas; if he is to stay out the winter, asks some other station, as where he is, he can do no service. 109
" 27 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for the sheathing of the Entrance, under repair in Chatham Dock 110
" " " " " Order for the sheathing of the Speaker 111
" " " " " Order for the sheathing and refitting the Success, Lion, Mathias, and other ships mentioned in their order of the 25th inst. 112
" " Capt. Dan. Baker, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Wind and weather favouring, got to Spithead, and on obtaining 15 more men, will proceed according to instructions. 113
" " Capt. Jno. Bourne " Certificate of the good behaviour and diligence of Wm. Healey when under him in the Assistance, as pilot and master's mate, and since as master of the Centurion. 114
" " Thos. Hall, boatswain of the Worcester, Woolwich. Comr. Bourne. Begs him to sign the tickets for the wages of Jas. Wickliffe and Edw. King, stopped until further evidence as to whether they or their former master, Jno. Flower, should receive them; when they came into the Worcester under Capt. Hill, they could not go to sea for want of clothes, whereupon he supplied them; they have been long under restraint, and the master knows by the trial at Guildhall that they were freed from him. 115
" " Geo. Dawson, Custom House, Newcastle. Robt. Blackborne. Begs payment of salvage for an anchor and cable belonging to the Sun, taken up near Tynemouth Bar by some fishermen, and brought to Shields. 116
" " Jno. Hook Deposition that when he was attending upon the James, commanded by Capt. Stokes, 2 small guns seized were supplied for the ketch, with 16 rounds of shot, by order of General Blake, 1frac12; years since. 117
" " Capt. Hugh Middleton, Portsmouth. Blackborne. Since receiving his commission and instructions, has seen Capt. Thorowgood and the master shipwright, who with himself will endeavour to get the ship out, but there are no officers, save the boatswain; Mr. Tippetts has sent to London for the carpenter. Asks a press warrant, and what number of men he is to carry. 118
" " Thos. Newberry, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Is taking about 20 brass and substituting 16 iron ordnance in the Marston Moor; the Cardiff will carry about 28 pieces as a man-of-war, although she only had 18 as a victualler. If they will sell the outlandish iron ordnance on Tower Wharf, will send a merchant who will buy them at a good price. 119
" " Ezekiel Pakeman Col. Clarke As to his abilty to manage the purser's place in the Resolution, dares challenge any purser in England concerning either the theoretical or practical part of that employment; if conferred on him, will execute it with all faithfulness. 120
Oct. 27 Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Dartmouth, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Received the Commissioners' letter and his master's warrant, and will hasten to the Downs, having nearly all on board save the guns and men. Hopes to get men, though with much trouble, but does not intend to carry one pressed man. 121
" " Martin Simon Adm. Com. Petition for the place of purser, having served as clerk of the check in the Discovery 3 years, and suffered much loss; with certificates of Capt. Thos. Wilkes, Commissioners Peter Pett and Thos. Wilson. 122–124
" " Capt. Ja. Tarry, Indian, Chatham. " Is fitting his ship, but as few seamen are to be had, desires some may be impressed at London; has not sufficient to get to the Hope. Wants to have a half deck built, with a mainmast. 125
" " Capt. Jno. Tippetts, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Received their warrants for fitting and repairing 17 ships, but only two are in harbour, the rest being at Spithead. Sent an account of their wants, and an estimate of the charge. The works will take a long time to accomplish, with only 180 men of all sorts, as other work may come in. Asks whether he may increase the number, and what ships he is to put in hand first. 126
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorn, the Gainsborough, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Has been in the Downs under the Vice-Admiral and Capt. Bourne, and has come in to tallow and refit. Has spared Capt. Myngs 10 men; hopes a further supply speedily. 127
" 28 Rich. Brooke, Gatehouse. Lieut.-Col. Kelsey. Having patiently waited some hours for redemption, but in vain, sends a petition to the Commissioners, and desires favour in getting it read; is confident that a summons to attend them will make him yield to good and honest things. 128
" 29 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to enter 50 more workmen at Deptford, 60 at Woolwich, 100 at Chatham, and 50 at Portsmouth, an order of 27 Jan. last limiting the whole establishment to 980 notwithstanding, they being required for fitting out the winter guard and next summer's fleet. 129
" " " " Wm. Willoughby, Navy Comr. Order for the ships at Spithead, returned from the Straits, and belonging to Gen. Blake's fleet, to repair to Portsmouth, to be paid off and refitted. 130
" " Capt. Jno. Bourne, the Lyme, Downs. Adm. Com. Has appointed the Winsby to take charge of the vessels for the Firth, and to call for orders on her return as to revictualling. Arrival of ships. 131
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. To the same effect. Capt. Heaton has gone to the Thames in the Hampshire, being still too weak to travel by land. Recommends Mr. Healey for employment, and Robt. Greene as gunner. Has still the captain and company of the Ostend shallop on board; is not a whit sorry at the dismissal of his steward and clerk of the check. Is sorry to hear of Mr. Creed's illness; hopes the nation and his friends will soon have the comfort of so fit a help. 132
Oct. 29 Capt. Christ. Myngs, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. There has not been 1,000s. nor even 500s. paid to volunteers; as to bad management, there was not a man paid until the frigate was at Spithead. Only gave leave to 4 or 5 to go to London, of whose return he has no doubt. The influence of volunteers brings in others. Has not been hindered for want of men; as for impressing, has hitherto had no boats to carry him to and fro. Has 50 men ready to come from the Gainsborough and Advice, who will leave half their pay in hand until ready to sail, so as to remove any jealousy of non-compliance from fear of the frigate being lost. On the Commissioners' arrival, it will be found there was no such thing, nor any cause to blame the master. Desires order for paying the short allowance, as without some encouragement, it will be impossible to man without that disengaging course of turning over. The arrival of his provisions has been delayed by bad weather. 133
" " Capt. Jas. Tarry, Indian. Robt. Blackborne. Could sail on Thursday if he knew where to procure men. Desires warrants for Mr. Gravenor, late of the Mathias, as chaplain, Mr. Street, his late clerk of the check, as lieutenant, and Jno. Stoakes as cook. 134
" " Jno. Wyles Col. Clarke. As the Mermaid is ready to leave Woolwich Dock, asks a petty warrant for her, that he may follow his business. 135
" 30 Adm. Comrs. Navy Comrs Order to consider of a fit place in the yard at Deptford, for receiving ordnance taken out of ships that are brought there. 136
" " " " " Order for a bill for the pay of Robt. Blake, as one of the generals of the fleet, up to the 30th inst. 137
" " " " " " " " " of Rich. Badiley at 30s. a day as Vice-Admiral in Gen. Blake's fleet till the Andrew was paid off. 138
" " " " " Order for a bill to Jno. Harwood for 913l. 4s. 0d., according to a bill of exchange drawn, to be placed to the account of Capt. Crispin and the other Commissioners who drew it. 139
" " " " " Order for survey and sale of a quantity of clothes returned from Gen. Penn's fleet, which were supplied by Vice-Adm. Goodson when in the West Indies, Gen. Penn also nominating some persons to join therein. 140
" " " " " Order to charge the boatswains of the Langport and Centurion with anchors, cables, &c., supplied by Capt. Thos. Bowrey of the Warwick. 141
" " Capt. Joseph Cubitt, Dartmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Thanks for the offer of the western station; cannot accept it, yet is so desirous of the fleet's prosperity, that if anything presents itself at Dartmouth which may contribute thereto, will communicate it. 142
" " Humphrey Dennes, Dover. [Adm. Com.] Being in a house at Dover, overheard the clerk of the check say to the steward of the Centurion, "I wonder that you, having given security, leave so much provision ashore, not knowing what necessity we may be driven to in so long a voyage." The steward making light of it, the clerk said he must give an account of it when opportunity presents. 143
Oct. 30 Lieut. Wm. Dale Col. Kelsey. Begs employment, having served as lieutenant in the Bear, in the expedition to the West Indies 144
" " Thos. White, Dover Navy Comrs Has fitted and victualled the Cornelian for 2 months, and she is ready for sea; but being old, she has been very much pieced and patched. 145
" " Edm. Wilmott Adm. Com. Petition for renewal of his commission as boatswain of the Heartsease under Gen. Penn. With note by Geo. Kendall that he has passed his accounts for the stores. 146, 148
" " Lawrence Wise, Chatham. Col. Kelsey. Is importuned by Brother Wood, a member of their church, to recommond Robt. Rose, steward of the Victory, for the purser's place there. Sends a certificate by Capt. Pett in his favour. 149
" " Capt. Taylor, Chatham. Estimate of the charge for repairing and fitting 22 ships mentioned, total 8,140l., with the employment of 304 men; asks order as to proceeding with the work. 150
" " Jno. Green, Deptford. Robt. Blackborne. Has received orders to fit out the Ruby, and entered 15 men upon her; asks whether Capt. Curtis' commission to command her will be renewed for the next voyage. The purser should be hastened down to victual her men, who are getting discontented; also gunners for the Hope, Plover, and Old Warwick. 151
" 31 " " Navy Comrs Has entered several men on the Ruby, Maidstone, and Providence, fitting out for sea, 15 being on the Ruby. As the men are discontented for want of victuals, and he has no one he can trust with petty warrants, wants a purser appointed, and orders as to victualling those of the Satisfaction. Has enquired why the muster books in rigging time were not brought to the pay table, seeing he is required to send up two of each ship, setting off the absences of each man, so that they might be defalked out of their wages, which is beneficial in various ways, but hears they are lost. The men care little for their victuals, so that they have their wages, and although daily musters are troublesome, they are yet profitable; asks orders, that the labour may not be so slighted. Although the Old President was sold long since, the boatswain and his servant are still borne upon her at the State's pay. 152
" " Edw. Hopkins, Navy Office. Adm. Com. Mr. Kendall, clerk of the survey at Deptford, when making a survey of the remains of carpenter's stores on board the Plymouth, found 6 barrels of powder in the carpenter's storeroom, covered over with deals and canvas; the gunner having already delivered up his remains, including 108 barrels of powder, have examined Jno. Butt, carpenter, Wm. Paine, gunner, and Hugh Hogrose, yeoman, respecting them, and although they plead ignorance, believes they were all more or less guilty. 153
" " Dan. Johnson, Collector of Customs, Poole. " Desires the Portsmouth frigate or Hopewell pink at Portsmouth may convoy some ships richly laden with drapery goods from Poole and Weymouth to St. Malo; the merchants solicited it from fear of Ostenders and Dunkirkers on the coast. 154
Oct. 31 Thos. Shewell, Bristol. Navy Comrs Recommends Jasper Crauch for employment; he had the command of two ships as master, and has gone to London with his son and servant to voluntarily enter themselves. 155
" " Capt. Robert Wilkinson, the Weymouth, Yarmouth Roads. Adm. Comrs Is waiting for the fishers' coming. The West Country fishers went home the 22nd, and the Yarmouth will end their fishing next week. His ship is very leaky; with certificate of Jno. Hopper the carpenter to that effect, and that, as the pumps are choked with ballast, she is not fit to remain at sea. 156, 157
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Has arrived and received their packet and orders, which he will execute. Gen. Blake's ships came into harbour yesterday. 158
" " " " Adm. Com. Repair of ships; has received their orders, and will send an account 159
" " E. Hayward Account of a survey made 30 and 31 Oct. of the remains of carpenters' and boatswains' stores on board the George, Andrew, and Unicorn. 160
" " Ge. Kendal Account of carpenters' stores on board the Gillyflower and 10 other ships named at Woolwich, and Deptford, being Gen. Penn's squadron returned from the Straits. 161
Oct. Jas. Wormell [Navy Comrs.] Begs them, in pity to the ruined condition of himself and wife, to move the Commissioners, some of whom are nearly related to him, to give him employment, that they may have the means of subsistence. 162
" Robt. Woodward Adm. Com. Petition for the place of purser in the Swiftsure, of which he has been steward since she was rebuilt. With certificate of Capt. Jonas Poole, commander. 163, 164