Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.: October 1656

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October 1656.

Date. From. To Subject. References.
Vol. 146.
Oct. 1 Jno. Browne, Chatham Dock. Thos. Turner. Sends account of hemp, tar, yarn, &c., in the ropeyard at Chatham 1
" " Thos. White, Dover Navy Comrs Has drawn a bill upon them for 216l. 8s., and hopes it will be paid. Cannot conveniently attend them, so has sent his son up with his quarterly accounts. 2
Oct. 1 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Ask whether to pay the wages due to the company of the Arms of Holland, blown up on coming from Jamaica, as their relatives are daily appealing for a settlement. 3
" 2 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to pay the wages due to the said relations 4
" " " " Order to sell some old ships named by the candle, reserving the tackle, guns, and carriages, and to allow any creditors of the State to make an offer for them, and deduct the purchase money from their accounts. Any money or bills given for them to be paid to the Navy Treasurer. 5
" " Ebenezer Hughes Adm. Com. Petition for renewal of his warrant as master carpenter of the Satisfaction, having served in her for 3 years. With certificates of Manley Callis, and Geo. Kendall. 6–8
" " Wm. Smith, Woolwich Ropeyard. Navy Comrs Account of cordage, cables, &c., in the ropeyard 9
" 3 Adm. Com. " Sends the petition of Thomasin, wife of Nich. Salmon, mariner of the Mathias, now at sea, and desire they will summon her landlady before them, and arrange for the payment of a year's rent due, she having threatened to turn her out. 10
" " " Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to send an estimate of the debts charged on the navy to 1 Nov. next, both for provisions and wages, and to send to the respective yards for an account of all bills that have been signed. 11
" " " " Order for paying off the Wexford in the river, and for a survey of her defects 12
" " Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Whitehall. Navy Comrs Sends some accounts and receipts for fitting out ships at Plymouth, amounting to 574l. 18s. 4d., for which he has drawn a bill, as also another for 138l. 16s. 11d., disbursed for ordnance and ordnance stores; desires they may be paid 13
" " Jno. Falkiner, Ordnance Office. Robt. Blackborne. Asks a convoy for the Amity of London. with ordnance and carriages for the 5th rate frigate building by Jno. Tippetts at Portsmouth. 14
" " Robt. Willis, Leith Navy Comrs Being ordered by Gen. Monk to sail with the Pearl for the Hope, and requiring money for pilotage and other matters, gave Edw. Booth a bill for 3l. taken up, and desires it may be paid. 15
" 4 Adm. Com. " Order for cleaning the Assurance at Chatham, and victualling her for 4 months 16
" " Jno. Falkiner, Ordnance Office. " Sends account of ordnance provisions shipped in the Nonsuch in the Hope for the forces in Scotland. 17
" " Capt. Robt. Plumleigh, Reserve, Spithead. Capt. Jer. Smyth, comr.-in-chief in the Downs. Had a meeting of the commanders of 5 ships named on board the Reserve, to consider the differences between Capt. Best and his officers, and sends the papers. Although the articles exhibited against Best are only signed by Jonas Palmer the carpenter, the gunner, purser, and boatswain, have a hand in the matter. It all arose from the captain's narrow inspection into their actions, and his often calling them to account; the boatswain is now absent without leave. Have had heavy storms, and the ships are damaged, but will return to their stations the first opportunity. 18
" 6 David Lambert Navy Comrs Is desired by his father, Capt. Jno. Lambert, to apply for settlement of his account for disbursements in impressing men for the Lion. 19
Oct. 6 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Send a survey made by Manley Callis of the defects of the Wexford 20, 21
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Sends a demand for hemp and cordage. The Dragon will sail tomorrow; as the Assistance is ready for her victuals, desires they may be sent down. 22
" " Peter Pett, Chatham Adm. Com. Sends an answer to their letter of the 3rd instant 23
" 7 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Martin Noel for 2,000l. paid by his correspondent at Lisbon to Rich. Creed, deputy treasurer of the fleet, for the fleet there. 24
" " " " Order to make out a bill to Jno. Powell, messenger, for 35l. 15s. 11d. disbursed for the navy 25
" " " Major N. Bourne, Capt. Jno. Taylor, Manley Callis. To re-survey the Wexford frigate, and certify what repairs are needful to make her serviceable 26
" 8 Thos. Pointer, Speaker, Bay of Wyers. Navy Comrs Several ships have gone for England, Gen. Blake and 3 others for Cadiz, where the rest of the ships are. The squadron is in good condition, but may be forced home by want of supplies. 27
" " Devereux Wiatt, Adventure, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Being accused by Capt. Best of dishonesty with regard to the provisions, and the entry and discharge of men, and he having sent up a muster book in support of the charge, encloses his general muster book, as purser, with particulars of the services of each man. 28, 29
" 9 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to pay the wages of the captain, and such of the company of the Arms of Holland as were saved when she was blown up. 30
" " Jno. Parker, Cherriton, Dover Road " Lost an anchor in a storm while laying before Ostend, and another in Dover Road. Met Mr. Bowden of London, and he having lost all his anchors and cables, and being richly laden with canvas, lent him a cable. Has 12 butts of stinking beer, but has had a fresh supply. 31
" " Thos. Turner, Navy Office. " Account of stores shipped in the William, for supply of ships named at Jamaica 32
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby. " Desires order for the sale of 10 or 12 tons of old cordage, and 4,000 or 5,000 yards of old sails in the stores at Portsmouth. 33
" 10 Capt. Phil. Holland, Assurance, Downs. Adm. Com. Particulars of damage done to his ship by a violent storm while making for the Downs from the Nore; loss of masts, sails, boats, &c.; she being very leaky, desires order to come in to repair, and increase of his men. 34
" " Edw. Matthews " Petition for a gunner's place in one of the new frigates building at Deptford or Portsmouth, having so served in the Wexford. With certificates of Capts. Fenn, Allgate, and Holland, and the Ordnance officers. 35-37
" " Navy Comrs. " Send an estimate of debts which stand charged on the navy for wages and provisions 38
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " Particulars of ships 39
Oct. 11 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham Navy Comrs Has examined Maplesden's accounts for timber bought into the stores at Chatham between June 1654 and Mar. 1656, and finds he delivered 4,170 loads of 4 feet timber and plank, which, with the charges for converting, land, and water carriage, &c., amounts to 8,529l. 3s. 6d. There is a balance of 256l. 9s. 6d. due to Mr. Beeching, and 264l. 8s. 4d. to Mr. Blinkhorne, which Maplesden will pay out of the first money he receives. Has cancelled and sent up all his receipts, and drawn a bill ready to pass, but the amount expended being over 8,000l., has declined to sign it until further order. As the business has been well and frugally managed, thinks Maplesden well deserves the allowance of 1s. 6d. in the pound, promised on all money laid out on buying broom, furze, &c. 40
" " Adm. Com. " Order to pay off the Cornelian in the river, and have her surveyed 41
" " " " Order to examine the accounts sent of Major Elton, for stores snpplied to the Preston and Expedition, and see that they are charged on the boatswains and carpenters; also to send the accounts relating to ordnance stores to the ordnance officers. 42
" " Edw. Booth, Leith " Sends account of money disbursed in washing and tallowing ships; desires payment, and an allowance for his pains. 43
" 13 Jno. Barnard, the Hampshire, Plymouth. " Sends two muster books; has not sent them as often as his instructions direct, the entries, runs and discharges being so small. 44
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. " Mr. Bowman. master of a ship of London, will accept a load of timber, and has written his owners to agree about the freight. 45
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham Dock. " Is much importuned by the workmen in the yard for their quarter's wages; they allege that through being compelled to live upon trust, they can scarcely clear their scores; has sent up one of them, and hopes he will receive a favourable reply. 46
" " Thos. Wright, Fame, off Scarborough. " Begs acceptance of a bill of exchange, drawn in favour of Edw. Booth, agent to the victualler at Leith, for tallowing and victualling the Fame. 47
" 14 Adm. Com. " Order for sending a best bower cable of 13 inches in the Dunbar for the Nonsuch in the Downs 48
" " " " Order to pay off the Drake in the Medway, and have her defects surveyed 49
" " " " Order for the navy victualler to put 14 days' petty warrant victuals on board the Satisfaction, and to furnish her with more as required, she being appointed to guard the Medway; also for Capt. Tatnell to see that what is necessary is supplied. 50
" " Hen. Champlyn, Plymouth. Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Whitehall. Fras. Williams and Jno. Markes have been released, and have come home from Passage in exchange for Capt. Mich. Lorance, a Biscay captain. Rich. Rinicom, servant of Mr. Cutts of Dartmouth, has also come over with them, being released through the influence of the wife of Baltazar Gillion, a prisoner here, whose release should be ordered. There are 22 prisoners still there, being mostly captains of ships; desires an order to obtain their release, or exchange for Cox, Meader, and others. 51
Oct. 14 Ordnance Officers Adm. Com. Find, on examination of the accounts, that 2,411 barrels of gunpowder were repaired by the powder makers between 10 Nov. 1654 and 13 July 1655, at a cost of 2,049l. As a large quantity still remains in the stores, and much more may be shortly expected from ships at sea, suggest, as a saving to the State, the erection of a stove, at a cost of 80l., to dry powder, and the appointment of a stoveman at 40l., and an assistant at 20l., to separate the good from the bad, and to head up the latter for regrinding at the mills. 52
" " " " Account of ammunition and arms in the stores 53
" 15 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to examine and certify when the storekeepers' bills or certificates were issued for making out bills for payment of 4 sums named, which should have been paid long ago, if demanded. 54
" 16 " " Order for cleaning the Taunton, Bristol, and Phoenix, at Portsmouth, and victualling them and the Jersey for 6 months, they being intended for the Straits. 55
" " " " Order for the graving and refitting of the George and Unicorn for the same service 56
" " " " Order to furnish Capt. Robt. Duck, of the Hunter, with boatswain and carpenter's stores mentioned on indentures. 57
" " " " Order for receiving 37 bundles of hemp, bought at Rotterdam, for the navy, and brought over into the stores at Woolwich, and for a survey to be taken thereof. 58
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Send Thos. Coleman, carpenter of the Satisfaction, and his statement as to having prevented the former carpenter from embezzling various stores while the ship was at Deptford. 59, 60
" " T. Lodington, Victualling Office. " Desires order to Capt. Thorowgood to supply workmen and materials for buildiug the bread rooms in the Loyalty at Portsmouth. 61
" " Ordnance Officers " Delivered 525 barrels of old powder to Thos. Warren, as ordered, and have had 499 good returned. 62
" " " " Account of powder received and issued between 1 Dec. 1655 and 16 Oct. 1656 63
" " J. Larke, Sam. Cooper. Attested account of disbursements of 1,073l. 15s. 8d. for the sick and wounded 64
" 17 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. The Seventure was hired to attend Gen. Penn's fleet when bound to the West Indies, but did not complete the contract, Rob. Kennedy, her master, declining to undertake so long a voyage; leave the consideration of what is due for freight for the time she was employed to the Admiralty Commissioners. 65
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for graving and fitting the Unicorn and George at Chatham, instead of at Portsmouth, and victualling them for 8 months, for 300 and 320 men, they being appointed for the southern expedition. 66
" " " " and Order for refitting at Chatham the Merlin galley, lately returned from the Straits, and victualling her for 3 months' for service in the Channel. 67
" " " Treasurer. Order to pay the wages of the company of the Diver hoy at Deptford 68
Oct. 17 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to pay off the officers and company of the Falcon flyboat, lately arrived at Portsmouth from the West Indies. 69
" 18 " " Order to pay the wages of the officers and company of the Bristol, Jersey, Taunton, and Phœnix, refitting at Portsmouth, as soon as they arrive at Spithead, reserving 3 months' in hand, as customary. 70
" " T. Lodington, Victualling Office. Robt. Blackborne. Sends account for the Commissioners of provisions shipped in the Jonathan and Abigail, John and Abigail, and Loyalty, for Gen. Blake's fleet in the Straits. 71, 72
" " " " Navy Comrs Certifies that Capt. Rich. Penhallow, of the Beaver, has passed his victualling accounts 73
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has finished the building of the bread room in the Loyalty and she is taking in the provisions. Movements of other ships. Has received two expresses, one from Geo. Pley, at Weymouth, and the other from the deputies to the Serjeant-at-arms attending there on Jno. Ashburnham, who is to go to Guernsey, desiring that either the Amity or Hopewell may carry him, but has not heard of either for several days; the Jersey can be sent, if ordered. 74
" 19 Capt. Rich. Newbery, the Gloucester, Downs. " Sends accounts of stores, &c., wanted by the ships in Jamaica. Received orders from Adm. Goodson to sail for England with the Torrington and 3 others. Left Adm. Goodson with his squadron 10 leagues from Havanna. In coming over, were separated by a violent storm; when off Scilly, chased 3 Ostend and Dunkirk men-of-war, but as they ran away, spoke the Hampshire to follow up the pursuit. The Gloucester and the others come over are much out of repair and require docking; they have altogether over 50 Spanish prisoners on board. 75–81
" 20 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Sends a contract between Capt. Thos. Fleet and Ben. Gillom, for the repair of the Falcon flyboat at New England for 111l. 19s. 0d.; also an account of the number of masts, bolts, and pipe and hogshead staves brought over in her, with reasons for their being loaded on her, by Dan. Gookin and 2 others. Also two accounts by Thos. Broughton of disbursements for her; and a survey of her defects by Jno. Anderson and Jas. Garrett. Hopes Capt. Thorowgood has supplied what was desired. Has spoken to the captain of the Falcon as to charging bills upon the treasurer, but it was simply for victuals and carpenters' work for the Falcon, without which she could not have kept at sea, as also the reason of his taking a freight. Asks when to launch the new frigate, and what name to give her. 82–87
" " Capt. Jer. Smyth, the Dunbar, Downs. " The Taunton having been forced back, will detain her for the other victualling ships. The Jonathan and Abigail have sailed with the Jersey, and the Dartmouth has come in to clean and victual; as Capt. Plumleigh's father-in-law is dead, he desires leave to go to London for 5 days, while she is supplied. Capt. Pownall, of the Eaglet ketch, desires to resign; the purser of the Amity is dead. The Beaver has gone to Deptford, by order of Capt. Hatsell, and the Gloster and Dover have arrived from the West Indies. Sends a packet brought by Capt. Newberry, of the Gloster, and an account of the Downs squadron. 88
Oct. 20 Capt. Hen. Powell, the Portland, Downs. Adm. Com. Left the fleet off Havanna, by order of Gen. Goodson, on 23 Aug., with the Torrington, Laurel, and Dover, Capt. Newberry commanding-in-chief, but was separated on the banks of Newfoundland by a storm, which blew away two courses from the yards, and his maintopmast and new topsail; having nothing to refit, could not come up with his consorts. 89
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Preston, Flamborough Head. Robt. Blackborne. Is assured by his letter of God's mercy towards our frigates at Cadiz, as also of the seasonable loss sustained in the West Indies, which appears like a seal from the Almighty upon the resolutions of Parliament to join with his Highness in these just and necessary wars against Spain; has only divulged the contents to the well affected. The wind holding N.E. no vessels pass, and nothing can be heard of the enemy. Has sent the Pearl to her station near the bar for the laden fleet; the Weymouth and Fame are waiting in the Humber and the Roads for the light fleet; will lie off the Head and see the east countrymen out of danger, as by their long delay, the enemy has no doubt intelligence of them. Recommends Jno. Blundall as gunner for a vessel at Yarmouth. 90
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. Adm. Com. Desires order to contract with Jas. Bowman, master of the John and Mary, of London, for carrying some shot to the Tower, hearing from the ordnance officers that he has been sent by the Navy Commissioners to take in timber for London. 91
" " Capt. Rich. Ducie, Wren pink, Yarmouth Roads. " Is still attending the fishermen, but wants victuals, sails, and men 92
" " Navy Comrs. " Send a survey by Chris. Pett and Manley Callis of the Cornelian; she may be made serviceable for some years at a cost of 130l. 93, 94
" " Capt. Rich. Potter, Constant Warwick, Downs. " Convoyed the East India ships to the Downs, and is going to Capt. Hatsell, at Plymouth, to refit, nothing having been done to his frigate since she was built. 95
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to take care for payment of the wages due to the officers, workmen, and labourers in the State's yard at Portsmouth, to the end of Sept. 1656. 96
" " " Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to the Commissioners of Customs for 100l. received of their collector at Hull by Major Elton, deputy governor, for cleaning and refitting the Adventure, Expedition, and other frigates. 97
" 21 " " Order to make out a bill to Jno. Fowler, judge-advocate of the fleet, for his pay and entertainment, at 8s. a day. 98
" " " Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay the wages due to the officers and company of the Beaver, at Deptford 99
" " " " Order to pay the Gloucester, Dover, and other frigates arrived or expected from the West Indies, and to cause a survey to be made of their defects, &c. 100
Oct. 21 Capt. Robt. Clarke, Unicorn, Quinborow. Adm. Com. Hopes to get up to Chatham to-morrow and receive further orders 101
" " Capt. Geo. Ford, Merlin, Chatham. " Sends a survey made of his ship in the Downs. Has come up by order of the commander-in-chief, but will hasten to sea again. 102
" " Dan. Furzer, Lydney. Navy Comrs Particulars of his building of a frigate; wants some one appointed to look after the materials, also a small boat. 103
" " Capt. Phil. Holland, Assurance, Gillingham. " Has fallen down with 30 or 40 workmen on board, who have been working night and day to dispatch the ship. 104
" " Phineas Pett, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne. Forwarded their packet to Capt. Clarke, as also a pilot, and expects he will be at Chatham to-morrow. 105
" " Capt. Rich. Elton, Hull. Adm. Com. Received their letter of credit to Mr. Lake, chief collector of customs at Hull, who accepted it and promised payment of 200l. Is entreated by the merchants of York, Leeds, and Hull, to remind the Commissioners of their petition for a convoy, many of their ships being laden with cloth of great value, and having paid their customs, they are ready to sail. 106
" " Capt. Geo. Pley, Weymouth. Robt. Blackborne. Has tried, as instructed, to procure a convoy for Mr. Holden, but none appearing, he resolved to go to London to obtain a ship for their transportation. 107
" " Capt. T. Whitstone, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Will obey their commands on the arrival of the Phœnix, and has directed the commander of the Supphire to hasten her in. Is now restored to health. 108
" " Capt. Thos. Wright, Fame, Spurn. " Meeting a light fleet near Flamborough Head, bound northward, plied with them, but has been forced in by a storm, as have also two Eastland men; several others are in Burlington Bay. 109
" 22 Capt. Dan. Baker, Spithead. " Since leaving Dover, has been attending the orders of the commander-in-chief in the Downs; returned the week's provisions he had from Capt. Parker, and desires orders. 110
" " Capt. Ben. Blake, Whitehall Blackborne. Begs the command of the George or Unicorn, which are to be refitted for sea 111
" " Manley Callis, Deptford. Navy Comrs Sends surveys, by Capt. Jno. Taylor, and two others, of the Wexford and Drake; repairs of ships. 112–114
" " Capt. Robt. Ducke, Thames' Mouth. Adm. Com. Could not get down to Orfordness, the wind being easterly, but it now being westerly, will do so, ply about, and fight for the Lord's glory and England's honour. 115
" " Jno. Hieron Robt. Blackborne. Recommends Mr. Matthews, gunner of the Wexford, for a remove into the new frigate to be launched at Deptford. 116
" " Capt. Thos. Marryott, the Dunbar. " Thanks for remembrance as regards his frigate, and his suit at law 117
Oct. 22 Jno. Morris, Gravesend. Adm. Com. The Accadia sailed to the buoy of the Red Sands, but was forced to return to the Hope through the easterly winds. 118
" " Navy Comrs. " The reason why Mutton's bill for anchors, Geo. Young's for freight of the Adventure, Jno. Perrin's for ironwork, and Jno. Phinee's for boats, have not been tendered for payment before, was that they and others, being informed the bills would not be settled for 12 months, allowed them to remain in the storekeeper's hands, until they had notice to attend to receive their money. 119
" " " " " Particulars of a survey made by Capt. Taylor and Manley Callis of the defects of the Wexford and Drake. 120
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs A hoy of beech plank has arrived from the New Forest, and is not required at Woolwich; it should be sent to Chatham or Deptford for repair of the great ships, or for the block maker. 121
" " Capt. Thos. Penrose, the Bristol, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. The Bristol will he hauled on shore to-morrow, when he will do his utmost to ger her dispatched 122
" " " " Col. Jno. Clarke. As the Bristol is again designed for the southward, begs to be excused going such a long voyage, and to be employed in plying in the Channel, until he has settled matters relating to a small estate left by his father, which is his and his family's sole subsistence, and may be lost by his absence. 123
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorne, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has done his best to get the Essex to sea, but his provisions have been stayed by contrary winds. There are several other vessels bound for the Downs. 124
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " Particulars of the arrival and state of ships. Has been much hindered by foul weather. There having been a great demand for sails and canvas, desires that the 110 bales received from Mr. Child may remain in the stores. Wants a quantity of old iron, colours, and lanterns, sold with the cordage. Cannot proceed with the dock on account of their restrictions. 125
" " " " Navy Comrs Received theirs by Mr. Clarke, and considering the store of masts, thinks the White Roach should sail for the river, and has desired Clarke to take the opportunity of the (convoy of the) Essex, which is going to the Downs. Wants hemp, &c.; some of that bought by Capt. Alderne and others abroad might be sent. 126
" 23 Capt. Rich. Cowes, Paradox, Milford Haven. Adm. Com. Having received orders from Capt. Hodges to convoy the ships bound to Jamaica 60 or 80 leagues to sea, went from Milford to Kinsale, where he found Lieut.-Gen. Brayne, with the Grantham, as also the Nightingale, and on the 15th they set sail, being 10 in company. On arriving at Cape Clear, was sent back with the Lieut.-General's letters, and on the way, chased and engaged with a ship for 3 hours, but she being clean outsailed him and escaped. Lost one man and spent 4 barrels of powder and some shot. Having little left, and other stores getting short, and his topsails having been much damaged by the enemy, desires order where to recruit. 127
Oct. 23 Capt. Jer. Smyth, the Dunbar, Downs. Adm. Com. Sends particulars of the sailing of ships, some of which have been damaged in the storms. The Constant Warwick has gone to Deptford with the prisoners. A Hamburgher and a Flemish vessel have arrived from Bordeaux; they were boarded by three men-of-war, who enquired in what readiness the English ships were at Bordeaux, and they also met some others off Belle Isle. Imagines that these pirates are lying about to surprise the English fleet of Bordeaux and Rochelle, and desires that Capt. Plumleigh may be sent that way, with the Adventure, Nonsuch, and Assurance, as it will be impossible to miss them, they being daily seen by others. Asks that Capt. Sparling may be drawn off his station at Ostend, as he will not be able to ride there in the winter; the Red Horse has come from thence with a broken tiller, and reports that they have not met one another these 5 or 6 days, through the bad weather. 128
" 24 J. B[lackborne], Plymouth. Robt. Blackborne. Sends a letter for Capt. Stoakes. Mr. Cudworth opened his design, but to no end, for the fleet has passed here; he intends going to them at Portsmouth to-morrow. Had got together 100l.; asks whether Mr. Opey's bill is paid, so that he may apply to him in time, as some of his bills have been sent back by Mr. Jeffery. 129
" " Capt. Matthew Browne, the Warwick, Spithead. Adm. Com. Came in by order of Gen. Montague to land a packet, and receive further orders. Saw a fleet off the Isle of Wight, bound for the Downs. The Convert, with one of the prizes, is yet astern, by reason of her heavy sailing. 130
" " " " Col. Clarke. To like effect 131
" " Capt. N. Heaton, the Gainsborough, Plymouth. Robt. Blackborne. Sends his log book from the time he left Plymouth on 1 Sept., to convoy some ships bound for Jamaica, until his return to Plymouth Sound on Oct. 18. Met the fleet with the welcome news of taking the Plate fleet, and after leaving the Jamaica ships off Scilly, attended upon Lieut.-Gen. Brayne. Has had very bad weather, but hopes the fleet with Gen. Montague have arrived, as he parted with them on the 19th. His new master has arrived, but he is fit for a better ship. Col. Clarke would have allowed him a lieutenant, if the Admiralty Commissioners would have bestowed such a place upon his old master; although the wages are less, it would be an encouragement. 132,133
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Sends a certificate of Capt. Geo. Ford, and the officers of the Merlin at Chatham, that the delay in sending in of the sea books arose through the purser staying behind at Portsmouth, and that the men have wanted provisions through his negligence. Particulars of ships. 134
" " Capt. Robt. Sansum, the Portsmouth, Harwich. " Ran aground off Yarmouth, and having lost the rudder and part of the false keel, and being very leaky, has been towed in by Capt. Thomson of the Expedition. Had on board the pilot, who said he never heard of any danger in that place, it being in the fair way where most ships pass that go northward. 135
Oct. 24 Capt. Edm. Thomson, Expedition, Harwich. Adm. Com. Being with the fishers in Corton Bay, out of the storm, heard the Portsmouth frigate fire a gun, and on sailing to her, found she had been aground off Yarmouth Haven, where such a disaster never occurred before. As she had lost her rudder, and was otherwise damaged, lay by her until the tide served, and then took hold of her stream cable, and towed her to Aldborough Bay, and the next day to Harwich, where she now is. The Expedition being too light, he will take in more ballast, and return to his station. 136
" " Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, Weymouth pink, Leith Roads. " Informed Gen. Monk of his arrival at Leith with his convoys, and is ordered to victual for 14 days, and then convoy all vessels bound southward. In his passage to Leith, the leaks kept the pumps going two days and nights. Has not seen or heard of any men-of-war upon the coast. 137
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " The Old President has arrived at Spithead, with a packet from Gen. Montague, whom she left the 8th inst. 8 leagues off the Lizard. Two hours afterwards the General, with the Resolution and other ships, came into Stokes Bay, because of contrary winds and bad weather. As they are all out of provisions, desires orders therein, as also as to laying any of the ships up. 138
" 25 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for refitting the Lizard at Portsmouth for service in the Channel, and victualling her for 4 months. 139
" " " " Order to give allowance for 10 additional men for the Mermaid frigate, making 110 140
" " " Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay off at Portsmouth the Old Warwick, just arrived from the southward 141
" " " " Like order for the Hopewell pink, reserving 3 months' wages in hand, the company being ordered to be turned over to the Lizard. 142
" " Capt. Robt. Clarke, Blackwall. Robt. Blackborne Begs to be excused waiting upon the Commissioners, as he may be cheated of 100l. by being absent. Desires the commissions and warrant may be delivered to his master. Is going to Chatham to forward the business on Monday, and will then attend them. 143
" " Capt. Peter Foot, Mermaid, Portsmouth. " Wants more men, the same as borne on the 5th rate frigates; his master gunner desires to quit the service, as he has kept his cabin for the last 2 months, and said no power on earth will compel him to fire a gun, lest blood might be spilt, and that his tenets oblige him thereto; it is thought he is a Quaker. Has put Christ. Taylor, the midshipman, in his place, and desires he may succeed him, having been on board 4 years. Came in to refit, tallow, and victual. Wants some printed tickets. 144
" " Capt. Thos. Morris, Sorlings, Spithead. Adm. Com. Since leaving the Downs, the very rough weather split his maincourse and blew the mizen out of the bolt ropes; being also so leaky that the pumps had to be continually going, and short of provisions, made for Portsmouth, but will return to his station. 145
" " Major Wade Certificate that 100 tons of pig iron have been delivered to Thos. Foley out of Dean Forest since 24 June last, which at 7l. 4s. 0d. per ton amount to 720l., for which Foley is debtor to the State. 146
Oct. 25 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has been on board the General, who is well, and will send an account of the state of the fleet, and of the victuallers bound for Gen. Blake. The prize and several other ships are destitute of cables, anchors, and sails. The very bad weather has seriously interrupted business, both in repairs, shipping stores, and paying off the Jersey; has paid the Falcon flyboat. When the Loyalty has received 20 tons more of provisions, she can sail with the Jonathan and Abigail. Has reserved the name for the new frigate, and will launch her the first opportunity, and ship the canvas they mention. Particulars of ships. 147
" 26 Major Rich. Elton, Hull. Navy Comrs Has taken up 200l. of Math. Locke, chief collector of customs, by order of the Admiralty Commissioners, for defraying the expenses of cleaning and tallowing some of the State's frigates, and given a bill of exchange payable to the Commissioners of Customs in London. 148
" " Capt. Willoughby Hannam, the Kent, off Quinborow. Adm. Com. Has convoyed 3 ships from Elsinore, bound for London, and having broken his capstan, has sent to Chatham for a new one. Was forced by contrary winds into Norway, where he met a hoy who passed two English frigates with two merchantmen, bound for Elsinore. 149
" " Capt. Robt. Plumleigh, Reserve, Downs. Robt. Blackborne Thanks for favours as also for the narrative of the victory of the fleet on the coast of Spain. Retook the Palm of Dartmouth, and sent her to the Downs. Examined all ships passing the Narrow, but could not meet with any of the enemy; hearing they have a rendezvous on the coast near Plymouth, hopes they will be routed. Although he was careful in selecting men to carry in his prize, finds they embezzled several parcels of goods, and has put some of them in irons on board the Dunbar, for trial by a court martial; the commander-in-chief and the governor of Deal are endeavouring to find out the buyers, two of whom are Hum. Bingelston and Vincent Dean of Deal; the former was charged 10 months since with buying a hawser of the gunner of the Preston. Hopes they will be punished. 150
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Preston, Burlington Bay. Adm. Com. Has been riding in Burlington Bay since the 20th inst., and had such a storm as has not been known by the inhabitants for years; his anchors, cables, &c., received much damage. Is now going out with the Advice, Fame, and some East countrymen, whom he will see off the coast, and then return to Scarborough for orders. 151
" " Capt. Robt. Sansum, the Portsmouth, Harwich. Major Burton or Jas. Puckle, Yarmouth. Cannot repair to the Downs as ordered, having damaged his rudder and keel by going on the sands off Yarmouth. Mr. Browne has forwarded the letters to Aldborough and Hosely Bay. 152
" " Capt. Gab. Sanders, Tiger, Hosely Bay. Adm. Com. Convoyed some vessels from Holehaven northwards, and others to the Maas, and has now been forced in by the storm. Many ships have been lost about Yarmouth. The Norway ships and others have lost their cables and the Assistance her boat. Has had much extra difficulty from the multitude of fishermen about. 153
" 27 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to direct the repair of the Drake and Cornelian frigates for service in the Channel, and the laying up of the Wexford until there is a want of fire ships. 154
Oct. 27 Capt. Jno. Blythe, the Dover, Gravesend. Navy Comrs Was ordered by Capt. Smyth of the Dunbar to Woolwich, and coming over the Flats, lost his best bower anchor and cable, in a storm; while off Margate, his boat (a Spanish gondola) sank at the stern, and was too much decayed to bear hoisting. Has written Mr. Brooks, deputy at Margate, to engage a vessel to recover his anchor; has sent up his clerk of the check with the books, and for orders as to revictualling. 155
" " Capt. Rich. Country, Hind, Harwich. Adm. Com. Has been ranging to and fro upon his station, and convoyed several vessels up the Swinn. Has 8 days' provisions, and will put to sea to-night. 156
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Sends a letter received from the Kent at the Nore Head; as she let her cable and anchor slip below the Shoe, has appointed a ketch for weighing them and has sent her a capstan. The George is launched; will dock the Unicorn. 157
" " Jas. Puckle, Yarmouth. Adm. Com. Received their order for sending the Tiger to the Downs, but a storm of wind raging from Thursday to Saturday, no vessel could go out, so sent an express to Harwich; directed the Wren pink to ply as high as the Rolling Grounds, and endeavour to meet her. Delivered their letter to Capt. Ducie; he having lost his boat in the late storm, has supplied him with another. 158
" " Thos. Shewell, Bristol. " Has offered the master of the John and Mary of London 16s. a ton for the freight of the shot to be delivered at Tower Wharf, but he declines to accept less than 18s. 159
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Particulars of ships. Will procure what cordage, &c., he can, but is much hindered therein for want of money, bills for even 6l. or even 40s. not being met. 160
" 28 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Jno. Powell, messenger, for 5l. disbursed by him for the relief of a poor woman whose husband was lost in the service, in pursuance of a reference from the Protector in that behalf. 161
" " " " Order for making the sails required for the frigates left on the coast of Spain, Gen. Montague having reported want of them. 162
" " " " Order to make out bills of imprest to Thos. Alderne, navy victualler, for 3,000l. a week for 4 weeks. 163
" " " Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay the wages of the officers and company of the Constant Warwick, and send her to Deptford, to be refitted for service in the Channel. 164
" " Capt. T[hos.] A[lderne], Victualling Office. Wm. Hempson. Sends particulars of a contract for the shipment of 400 pipes of Madeira wine, and desires a vessel may be sent over to receive it. 165
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Launched the George on Saturday, and will get in hand with the Unicorn and Gloucester. Wants noyals canvas, having been forced to send to Deptford for 700 yards to repair the Merlin's sails. 166
" " Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, Weymouth pink, Leith Road. " Has been to Burut Island to stop leaks, mend his rudder, &c., and took in 14 days' provisions, by order of Gen. Monk. Took up 5l. of Mr. Booth to defray charges, and gave him a bill which he hopes they will pay. 167
Oct. 29 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Send a demand of the company of the Dover frigate for an allowance of 7d. a day; a like demand will be made at the pay table by other ships' companies, which will amount to a large sum. Ask directions therein, also as to launching the new 5th rate frigate at Deptford, to make room for docking the Constant Warwick. 168
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham Dock. " Could not dock the Unicorn the last tide, but the master shipwright will do his best the next. The Gloucester is in the river. Asks order as to the disposal of 12 Spanish prisoners on board her; also what is to be done with Fortescue, the gunner, in Upnor Castle, as he cannot get bail. 169
" " Capt. Jno. Stoakes, Rainbow. Account of indigo and sugar received on board in Wyers Bay, and part redelivered by order of the Generals. 170
" " Capt. Anth. Young, Andrew. Similar account 171
" 30 " " [Navy Comrs]. Finds since his last account that he delivered 79 chests of indigo on board the Hope flyboat in the Bay of Wyers for which he has a receipt. 172
" 31 Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Jane Graveson, the pretended wife of Jno. Smith, who was blown up in the Arms of Holland, presented a ticket to be signed for his wages; having a suspicion of fraud, took her examination, and that of Wm. Hambleton who accompanied her, and then ordered them into custody. Sends their examinations and that of Joan, another pretended wife of the said Jno. Smith; believes they are some of those attending upon the Commissioners at Ely House for a pension. 173–176