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

Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1656-7. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1883.

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'Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.: December 1656', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1656-7, (London, 1883) pp. 472-498. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/domestic/interregnum/1656-7/pp472-498 [accessed 12 April 2024]


December 1656

Date. From. To. Subject. Reference.
Vol. 149.
Dec. 1 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for the survey and repair of the George, damaged by a merchant ship running foul of her 1
" " " " Order for refitting the Pearl at Deptford, and victualling her for 4 months for service in the Channel. 2
Dec. 1 Capt. Fras. Cranwill, Middlebury. Navy Comrs Desires that his bills for disbursements, sent in by order of the Admiralty Commissioners, may be signed and delivered to his brother. 3
" " Capt. Thos. Morris, Portsmouth. " Is hastening the repair and victualling of his ship, and hopes to sail this week 4
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Cannot get the Dunbar higher than Ocumness, but has sent all but 50 of her men to Deptford for their money, and will discharge the rest when she arrives at the moorings. The mastershipwright and several men have gone to repair the damage done to the head of the George. Has ordered a strict account to be kept of the materials and workmanship required. Particulars of ships. 5
" " Capt. Robt. Plumleigh, Reserve, Downs. " According to directions from Col. Clerke, dispatched the Mermaid to transport Col. Lockhart, his Highness' ambassador, from Dieppe to Rye; the Dartmouth, Truelove, and Merlin, as convoy to some ships bound to Holland; the Accadia as convoy to a vessel with provisions for Harwich; the Eaglet to ply off the North Foreland; and the Kent to Chatham to revictual. There are several other vessels in the Downs, richly laden, bound for Rouen and Caen; will order the Adventure to see them to their ports, but others bound for Portsmouth and other places westward will have to wait for a convoy, as the commander of the Cheriton is not able to come on board. Sends a list of the Downs squadron; has supplied the Redhorse pink and Elizabeth with ammunition and gunners' stores, as desired by the ordnance officers, but it will prejudice the service if ships expect such supplies from his squadron. 6
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth Dockyard. " Repair and victualling of ships. Received and delivered the packets for Capt. Fenn, as also those for Jamaica. 7
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorne, the Essex, Downs. " Sailed from Plymouth Sound with Capt. Heaton, and has ordered the Griffin and Bramble to convoy 4 or 5 vessels from Torbay to Newhaven. Hears the prize has safely arrived at Fowey; asks what to do with the 5 prisoners he has on board. 8
" " Major Peter Murford, Portsmouth. " Has hired one of the town's passage coaches to convey the prisoners, Don Diego de Villa Alva, late governor of Havanna, and M. del Plato, and their 6 servants, to London; the coach is waiting for the guard of horse, but 3 of the servants, with the goods, have gone by the wagon. The governor and his servants, since they were brought on shore by Gen. Montague, have been kept at the house of John Tarrant, the postmaster, who has engaged to see them safely delivered at Whitehall by Wednesday night or Thursday morning (being confident the governor, out of respect to his own honour, will submit), and then hopes his charges for their diet, lodging, &c., will be paid. 9
" 2 " " " As the guard failed in attending, has sent up Don Diego de Villa Alva and M. del Plato, with their servants, in the custody of John Tarrant, the postmaster, who will give an account of his disbursements for their diet, coach hire, &c. 10
Dec. 2 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill of imprest to Capt. Thos. Alderne for 1000l. on account of hemp bought for the service in Holland. 11
" " " " " " " 3500l. a week for 4 weeks, to carry on the victualling under his charge. 12
" " " " Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to draw up an estimate of the wages due, to the 1st inst., to the companies of the several ships and frigates at sea, the West Indies, coast of Spain, and in the Channel. 13
" " " " Order for payment of the wages due to the company of the Pearl at Deptford, suspending what is due to John Smith, the captain, and 17 others named, who have been guilty of mutiny. 14
" " " " Order for refitting, cleaning, and reviotualling the Fagons for 3 months, and paying the wages of her officers and company when she arrives at Spithead, retaining 3 months in hand. 15
" " Capt. Jer. Country, Roe ketch, Harwich. Adm. Com. Convoyed several vessels for London; has victualled for 10 weeks, and will proceed to his station. 16
" " Rob. Grassingham, Harwich. " Repair of the Portsmouth frigate. The Elizabeth, Row ketch, and Hunter, will sail to-morrow 17
" " John Greene, Deptford. Robt. Blackborne. Account of 14 ships in ordinary at Deptford 18
" " T. Loddington, Victualling Office. Adm, Com. Desires order for victualling the Wakefield and Fagons at Portsmouth; also that they will inform Col. Clerk that the beer for the Straits will be shipped to-day. 19
" 3 Capt. Dan. Baker, Portsmouth. " Although neither himself nor his master are acquainted with the Irish coast, they are ready and willing to proceed, and would have been at Spithead if the wind had permitted. 20
" " Capt. Jno. Baskett, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. As the master of attendance has promised his cables on Friday, hopes to sail the next day; wants John Harrison, late chaplain of the Pearl, to go with him. 21
" " Capt. Rich. Cowes, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has come in from Kinsale, and convoyed 3 ships laden with sugar, fruit, &c., as far as the Isle of Wight, and has returned to St. Helen's Road. Went on shore to report his arrival to Commander Willoughby, but as he was out, has been ordered by Capt. Thorowgood to bring in his ship to-morrow. 22
" " Fras. Baylie, Bristol. Navy Comrs As his ship will be laden with the timber by the 13th, asks if she may then sail without a convoy 23
" " Capt. Hen. Fenn, the Bristol, Spithead. Adm. Com. Is still waiting with his convoy for a wind 24
" " T. Loddington, Victualling Office. " Sends Major Burton's account for provisions supplied to some of the State's ships, and desires order for allowing it, although some receipts are wanting. 25
Dec. 3 Capt. Robt. Plumleigh, Reserve, Downs. Adm. Com. Will order the Amity and Truelove to Deptford when they arrive, and will send an account of his proceedings oftener. The Adventure and Red Horse are waiting for a wind to convoy 3 vessels for Newhaven and Caen. Hearing there are 4 Dunkirk men-of-war ready to come out from thence, wishes some frigates could be sent to check them; there are only 4 ships in the Downs. 26
" " Jas. Puckle, Yarmouth. " The Preston and Vulture have returned, having convoyed the fleet into the Maas, and will sail for the Thames to-morrow. Being short of provisions, they could not wait to convoy any ships back; wants a frigate sent over for that purpose. 27
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Preston, Yarmouth Roads. " Convoyed some vessels to the coast of Holland, and then made for Chatham to revictual, but has been detained by weather. Although he cannot hear of any of the enemies' ships, a man-ofwar or two should be appointed for the north coast, to countenance trade. 28
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth Dockyard. " The Paradox has come to Spithead, and will repair to Portsmouth, as ordered. Particulars of ships. 29
" 4 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Benj. Sillam for 112l., according to a bill of exchange enclosed, for disbursements for the Falcon flyboat in New England. 30
" " John Barfoot Adm. Com. Petition for the gunner's place in the Kinsale frigate, having so served the State 10 years; was in all the engagements with the Hollanders, and lately in the Half Moon, which, having been laid up at Deptford for the last 2 years, he has during that time been destitute, and has long waited upon them for employment. With certificate of Andrew Ashford and 2 others, of Stepney, co. Middlesex, in his favor. 31,32
" " Capt. Robt. Clarke, George, Hope. Adm. Com. The damage done to his ship's head will be made good in a week, there being many men at work. Two ships have just come in from New England. 33
" " Capt. Robt. Duck, Hunter, Thames Mouth. " Having received 49 days' provisions for 35 men from the victuallers at Ipswich, will keep out as long as wind and weather permit, and take care of all vessels coming from Harwich. 34
" " Capt. Phil. Holland, Assurance, Spithead. " Will convoy some ships at Spithead bound to the Downs, and then proceed to his station. Was prevented from getting out of harbour by contrary winds. 35
" " Capt. Saml. Sharland, the Kinsale, Beaumaris. " Received order from Lord Hen. Cromwell to bring Capt. Bringfield Claypole from Dublin to Holyhead, but waits for wind and weather to get to Dublin. 36
" " Capt. Jo. Topping, Tynemouth Castle. " Paul Andreence is secured, and 4d. a day allowed him. Would have sent an account earlier, but has been staying for Mr. Taylor (Wm. Clerke's brother) to procure a certificate from some person of credit in York, as to what office Simon Spont held when he was taken. Desires their favor on Clerk's behalf, as he is an enemy to the Cavaliers, and several of his friends, who are honest and well affected, have suffered in the late wars. Has Capt. Tysen, and Brookes, his quarter-master, prisoners in Scarborough Castle; if either Spont or Brookes might be released, Clerke would have his liberty to come to England. 37
Dec. 4 Capt. Thos. Wright, Fame, Harwich. Adm. Com. As the refitting and tallowing of the Fame will soon be completed, desires order for revictualling, as also for a boat, and a warrant for Philip Pecke to act as minister. 38
Plymouth. " Sends his 2nd complaint against Mr. Clampe, master of the Constant Warwick, as also against the gunner and carpenter, for embezzling and selling stores belonging to that and other ships and prizes, as also of the master for being a great drunkard. Will inform them further of what he knows of some other officers of the western guard. 39
" 5 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay the wages of Capt. Jno. Smith, of the Pearl, and of the 17 men of his company, notwithstanding the order of suspension of the 1st inst. 40
" " Capt. Pet. Bowen, Mayflower. Adm. Com. Sent a copy of his order from the Council at Dublin, and has since been cruising about the Salts and Dungarnon, but meeting with foul weather and having sprung a leak, had much difficulty in getting into Milford to repair. Having hauled on shore, and been supplied with materials by Rich. Browne of Pem[broke], hopes soon to be at sea. The Nightingale has again gone out, having been forced back twice before. 41
" " John Morris, Gravesend. " Particulars of ships 42
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Particulars of ships. As the Kentish has arrived at Gillingham, desires order as to disposing of her and her men; if they are to be paid off, hopes it may be at Chatham, as there is a fear they will see no more pays there. Is in great want of deals. 43
" " " " Adm. Com. To similar effect 44
" " Jas. Puckle, Yarmouth. " Received their order for Capt. Sansum of the Portsmouth to ply on the Northern coast, but he and the Tiger are at sea; 7 of the enemies' men-of-war are gone to the Northern coast and took 4 vessels yesterday, in sight of the town of Wells, 2 of which belonged to Yarmouth, and were laden with corn. Was requested to send some men-of-war to try and redeem the prizes, but there was no one but Capt. Country of the Rose ketch, and as there was no hope of his doing anything, he did not go. Sends a letter from some gentlemen in the town, and desires a convoy may be appointed for ships waiting for one. Having employed some men to recover an anchor and cable belonging to the Elizabeth, desires an order for paying them; 12l. will give content. 45
" " Capt. Robt. Sansum, the Portsmouth, Sole Bay. " After revictualling, did his best to get to sea, but was prevented by the weather until the 24th ult. Since then, has been plying with the Tiger, and chased one of the enemies' men-of-war, but lost her by night coming on. 46
" " Thos. Wilde and 2 others, Yarmouth. " Having heard that a petition has been presented against Capt. Jno. Smith of the Pearl by his company, for being often drunk while at Yarmouth, beg to state that they have taken much notice of him, and never saw anything of that tendency in him, but found him a sober, discreet, diligent, and pliant man, and willing at all times to do the State service. With notes of the evidence against him partly in shorthand. 47, 48
Dec. 6 Phineas Pett, Jno. Browne, Chatham. Receipt from David Fithie, merchant of London, of 883 cwt. of hemp into the stores at Chatham purchased by Wm. Greene. 49
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order for the speedy refitting and cleaning the Paradox at Portsmouth, and victualling her for 4 months, and on her arrival at Spithead, for payment of her officers and company, reserving 3 months in hand. 50
" " " " Order to pay the wages due to the officers and company of the Kentish frigate at Chatham 51
" " " Navy Comrs Order to state the accounts of Nehemiah Bourne for refitting and setting forth ships at Harwich, and to make an allowance of 1½ per cent. on his account, for his pains. 52
" " Capt. Danl. Baker, Spithead. Adm. Com. Has received 4 months' provisions for 80 men, and after they are paid off on Monday, will use his best endeavours to observe their orders; hopes to be allowed to carry 80 men. 53
" " Capt. Rich. Cowes, Paradox, Portsmouth. Col. Jno. Clerke. Sends a letter received at Kinsale; apologises for its delay, and desires orders 54
" " Capt. Jno. Littlejohn, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Sends a packet from the General, whom he left with 12 sail off the Southern Cape, the rest of the ships being at Lisbon for provisions; will proceed to the Thames as ordered; has 15 days' victuals on board. 55
" " Capt. Mic. Nutton, Norwich, Hope. " Is waiting for provisions; some of his company have been on board 15 months. Received their order at Chatham, and will hasten to Leith with all speed; begs removal into another frigate. Wants more guns for his upper deck, there being 8 or 10 ports without. 56
" " " " Navy Comrs To similar effect 57
" " Ordnance Officers Adm. Com. As 16 barrels of the powder returned into the stores from the Dover, lately arrived from the West Indies, are spoiled by salt water, and as the makers refuse to take it, desire order for its disposal, by sale or otherwise. 58
" " Capt. Robt. Plumleigh, Reserve, Downs. " Has given up the command of the Downs' squadron to Capt. Whitehorne, and acquainted him with their commands concerning the supply of gunners' stores; will set sail with the Oxford to ply in the Narrow, with the others designed for that service, but the foulness of the frigate renders her unserviceable for cruising. The Mermaid has returned to the Downs; the same day, ordered the Cheriton to Dover to clean and revictual. 59
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Portsmouth Dockyard. " Particulars of ships. Will send the minister intended for the Fagon to Mr. Bartlett, the minister of the town, for his approbation, he being a man in commission for trial of such. 60
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " The Norwich would have been ready last Tuesday, if the captain had been half as diligent in his duty as he was forward in informing against the shipwright, whose only error was in too great a compliance with his demands. The victualler also might have saved the labour of complaining of the deficiencies of the captains and masters of attendance; he should be ordered to keep punctually to such intimations as he may receive from himself. Particulars of ships. 61
Dec. 6 Capt. Wm. Whitehorne, the Essex, Downs. Adm. Com. Sends a certificate by Jno. Hundson, his purser, as to victuals received from Portsmouth for 250 men for 126 days, which is the complete time they should last, notwithstanding the victualling for one day of 336 men taken prisoners in the St. John of Ostend. Has received and will observe their instructions. The Reserve and two others are ready to ply in the Narrow, and the Sparrow has gone as convoy to a vessel richly laden for Amsterdam, which is needful, there being 2 or 3 men-of-war upon that coast. Has appointed the Mermaid to convoy two vessels with the State's goods bound for Portsmouth to Spithead, and 10 or 12 more bound westward as far as the Wight. As there are several bound for Caen and Newhaven, has desired Capt. Plumleigh to send in two of the vessels plying with him in the Narrow; it will not in the least prejudice the service required. Hears from Dover that 3 men-of-war went out of Dunkirk last week, but which way is not known. 62, 63
" 7 Major Rich. Elton, Hull. " The merchants return thanks for the convoy promised for their ships bound for London, most of which will be ready this week; as they have 8 others bound for Holland, and as there are 2 or 3 of the enemies' men-of-war upon that coast, they desire a convoy for them; they dare not stir without. The poor man who had given 12l. for the old boat returns thanks for the satisfaction given to him in the past, and hopes to be further considered. Has sent up his son, Ensign Rich. Elton, and hopes they will pay him the 20 nobles for the man. 64
" " John Morris, Gravesend. " The Unicorn and Norwich have arrived in the Hope 65
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Preston, Chatham. " Has come up to refit, and hopes his men will receive their wages before going to sea again, there being many months due, and their families much impoverished for want thereof. 66
" " Capt. Robt. Sansum, the Portsmouth, Yarmouth. " Will use all opportunity to get to his station and observe their commands 67
" 8 Capt. Rich Cowes, Portsmouth. " Having orders to refit and victual, and having no purser, desires that one may be sent down, or Rich Barnes, his clerk of the check, appointed, he having so served for 6 years on board the Paradox. His steward is unfit for his employment, and did not give the seamen satisfaction during the voyage. Desires leave to come to London for 4 days. 68
" " John Davies Account of stores shipped on board the Champion for transportation to the fleet under Gen. Blake in the Straits. 69
" " Capt. Thos. Eliot, Portsmouth, Blackborne Begs to remind him of a promise of 10 more men; is confident that the Admiralty Commissioners will grant it. 70
" " Capt. Phil. Holland, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Will proceed to his station, and not put into any road or harbour unless necessitated, but ply about and send a daily account of his actions. 71
Dec. 8 Capt. Thos. Morris, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Received their commands through Mr. Blackborne, respecting his boatswain having 2 wives, and as it was a general report of his men, informed Capt. Willoughby. The boatswain admits that he had a wife in London when he joined, but not having seen her for years, and not knowing if she was living, he has since married another. Will sail to Spithead with the first wind. 72
" " Capt. Hen. Fenn, the Bristol, Spithead. " Sailed with his convoy from Spithead on the 5th, but was forced to anchor off South Yarmouth the same day, and the next day was forced back, and remained until the 8th. The wind still blowing hard at S.W., returned to Spithead and will take in some petty warrant provisions, so that he may be able to keep his sea victuals until he sails. 73
" " Navy Comrs " Send account of provisions received by and charged to Rich. Hooker, steward of the Weymouth pink; as the accounts of Capt. Wilkinson, her late commander, exceed the usual rate allowed, have declined to pass them. 74, 75
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Objects to the disposal of any of the knee timber bought of Mr. Holland for the stores at Woolwich, by Mr. Shish for the stores at Deptford and Chatham, as it is much needed this would be contrary to the contract made with Mr. Waith, and the warrant for receiving it into the stores at Woolwich. 76
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " Account of provisions required for the stores. Repair and victualling of ships. Desires they will inform the treasurer or paymaster that the men of the Kentish will be at Deptford on Wednesday for their money. Mrs. Isaacson died this evening. 77
" " Capt. Jno. Parker, Cheriton, Dover Pier. " Is somewhat restored to health, and came in last Friday; the caulkers have been delayed by the foul weather; desires an order for building a forecastle, as the ship can well carry one. 78
" " Thos. White, Dover " The Cheriton has come in to be caulked, and as the captain requires a forecastle, desires order for building one, that it may not hinder her dispatch. 79
" " Capt. Thos. Wright, Fame, Harwich. Adm. Com. Has washed and tallowed, and is ready to take in provisions. Wrote to the Navy Commissioners for a long boat of 25 feet, his old one not being worth repairing. 80
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorne, the Essex, Downs. " Several vessels have been prevented sailing to their stations with their convoys by contrary winds, and others have been forced in. A fleet of 50 merchantmen came out of Guernsey with Capt. Mackey, of the Assistance, bound for Bordeaux and other ports, and have arrived off the South Foreland. Will send an account of the stations of the Downs squadron. Will send 5 Ostend prisoners, whom he has on board, to Deptford, by the Amity or Truelove; one named Capt. Anth. Collard, offers himself in exchange for any English prisoner in Ostend, and the other 4 are sturdy fellows. 81
" " Jas. Puckle, Yarmouth. " Sent for the Tiger and Portsmouth cruising off Southwold to come in; delivered Capt. Sansum their orders for plying on the north coast, and informed him of the rumour that the enemies' men-of-war there had lately taken 4 vessels; delivered Capt. Sanders his orders for going to the Maas to fetch over the ships there; he will sail to-morrow, and on his return, will require revictualling. The Elizabeth and her convoy are waiting in the Roads for a wind. 82
Dec. 8 Capt. Ga. Sanders, Tiger, Yarmouth Roads. Adm. Com. Received their orders and will make what haste he can. Knows his gunner's demands, and the shot he received by reason of Major Bourne's disposing of what he left with him, which was unknown to the ordnance officers when the rest of his stores were sent. 83
" " Wm. Smith, Woolwich. Mr. Turner. Shipped the 10 cables for Gen. Blake's fleet in boatswain Ansdell's lighter last Thursday, and gave Mr. Davies an account; knows no cause for their delay, except the fog. 84
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, State's Yard, [Portsmouth]. Adm. Com. Particulars of ships. The clerks have gone on board to pay the Hare. Gave Mr. Bayley, the master, his warrant; will try to send up the boatswain of the Sorlings to London, and has directed the clerks not to pay him. Mr. Tippetts has surveyed the defects of the Paradox, and she will soon be dispatched. Thinks the ships and frigates ordered for Ireland ought to be better fitted than those in the Channel, as they seldom receive a supply. 85
" 9 Capt. Robt. Mackey, the Yarmouth, Downs. " Left St. Martin's Road on the 2nd inst. with 60 sail bound for various ports, and, having left some of them in the Channel, has come in with the rest to the Downs. The Assistance has gone with a dozen bound for Lynn, Boston, &c. Many of the Bordeaux masters complain of the abuses offered to them at Blay Castle; it cost one of them 1,000 livres for not saluting the Castle, and another 600 or 700 for not doing it in the right place, besides imprisonment and other injuries. Having been 5 months off the ground, and being short of provisions, cables, &c., desires order to go up to Chatham to clean, as it will be dangerous doing so at Harwich during winter. 86
" " Capt. Thos. Morris, Portsmouth. " Is still detained by winds. Wants 2 small guns for his quarter deck. Referred his boatswain to Capt. Thorowgood, who has ordered him to appear before them, and he will start for London to-morrow. If he is dismissed, solicits the place for his mate, Rich. Driver. 87
" " Navy Comrs. " Have drawn up an estimate of the wages due to the ships and frigates at sea, in the West Indies, on the coast of Spain, and in the Channel, to the 1st inst., total 247,207l. 15s. 6d. 88
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for 10 more men for the Satisfaction, and 2 months' more provisions, it being found inconvenient to furnish her with petty warrant victuals. 89
" " " " Order for refitting the Providence when she arrives at Portsmouth from Gen. Blake's fleet, and furnishing her with 6 months' provisions, she being designed for the southern expedition. 90
" " " " Order to make out a bill to Thos. Alderne, navy victualler, for 2,300l., on account of a parcel of hemp he is desired to buy in Holland. 91
" " " " Order to allow 60l. to Thos. South, owner of the Rebecca hoy, which foundered while employed by the State in carrying beer to the Essex in Mardike Pitts, and which was worth 200l. 92
" 10 " " Orders for the commander of the Anne and Joyce and Champion to sail to the Hope, and go under convoy of the George and Unicorn to General Blake's fleet, and to send invoices of their lading to the General. 93
" " Capt. Danl. Baker, Spithead. Adm. Com. Could not be paid until to-day, the clerks being prevented from getting on board by extremity of weather. Waits the first opportunity of wind to depart. 94
Dec. 10 Capt. Rich. Cowes, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. The repairs being nearly completed, can take in the provisions next week, but has no one to take charge of them, his steward being unfit and much indebted to the victualler, and his clerk of the check gone to London to ask for the purser's place, having served 6 years as purser and check. If he is to be again sent to the Irish coast, wants more small cordage, and 10 more muskets for the men lately added. 95
" " Capt. Thos. Morris, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Desires order for 2 small guns promised by them and Col. Clerke when he was in London 96
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Have received an account by the late victuallers for building and reparation of the State's houses, amounting to 5797l. 5s. 1d., and there being a clause in the contract of 12 Jan. 1652–3,— stating that the proportion of victuals appointed for that year being so great, there was a necessity of making some new additions to the buildings used for that service, and agreeing that when such new buildings are erected, either at London, Portsmouth, Sandwich, or elsewhere, allowance should be made to the contractors, according to the goodness and condition of such buildings when the contract expires,— desire orders to guide them in settling the matter. 97
" " Capt. Mich. Nutton, the Norwich, Hope. Robt. Blackborne. Having most of his provisions on board, and expecting to sail, wants a minister, the former one having been discharged through illness; also some guns for the upper deck, having 8 or 10 ports without. His men have been paid to within 3 months. 98
" " Ordnance Officers Adm. Com. A strict account is required from them of all stores received and issued at Chatham, Deptford Woolwich, and the Tower, since the last survey, but unless the branch of the Ordnance at Chatham is continued in their hands, the State will be put to greater charge, and they will not be able to give the account required. Ask leave to appoint an officer for that place at 30l. a year, to be borne on the quarter books, and to send two labourers there, to take care of the stores and prevent embezzlements. 99
" " John Tippetts, Chas. Thorowgood, State's Yard, [Portsmouth]. " Victualling and sailing of ships. Yesterday being lecture day at the Yard, Mr. Bragg, minister for the navy, performed the duty; Mr. Bartlett, a Commissioner for trial of Navy Ministers, being present, examined Mr. Cade as to his fitness as minister of the Sorlings, and found him sound and orthodox, and nothing was urged against his life and conversation. 100
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " The Kentish's men were sent to Deptford for their money yesterday. The Advice is launched and ready to victual; hopes the disagreement between her captain and master has been determined, as they are wanted on board. The Preston having got as high as Upnor Castle. has been on board with the master shipwright, to prepare for her graving. Finds the charge for repairing the head of the George will amount to about 70l. The Gloucester is docked and, together with the Torrington, will be quickly dispatched. 101
" 11 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make the same allowance to Capt. Wilkinson for victualling the Weymouth pink as was given to any others that made the like provision the same year. 102
Dec. 11 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Capt. Jer. Smyth, late commander of the Downs squadron, for an extra 5s. a day, during the time he served in the Essex and Dunbar, in respect of his extraordinary charges and expenses. 103
" " " " Order to make allowance for the extra men placed on the Fagons frigate, to bring their number up to 120. 104
" " " " Order to make out a bill to Robt. Willis, diver, for 250l., for recovering a quantity of cordage sunk in a Dutch vessel. 105
" " " " Order to make allowance to Capt. Penhallowes, of the Beaver, for 16 supernumeraries employed by him for 5 or 6 days, and for carrying 3 extra men to the fleet. 106
" 12 " Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to allow Philip Langford, late master's mate of the Resolution, the pay of a captain of a 5th rate frigate, during the time he had charge of the Elias, a Spanish prize, deducting such pay as he received as master's mate of the Resolution. 107
" " Thos. Finch Adm. Com. Having freighted two vessels with provisions and ammunition for the garrison at Inverness, asks a convoy; had complaints of the last that was granted, hopes they will charge the next to be more watchful, and to keep their company to Inverness. Being confined to his rooms, has sent Mr. Hans, who will state where the ships lie in the Thames. 108
" " Jno. Morris, Gravesend. " The repairs of the George's head are completed and her provisions on board. Mustered 357 men on board and about the ship, and pricked 62, but several are expected to return. The complement is 320, and the captain being at London, the lieutenant will not discharge any until he returns. Will allow the purser a warrant for harbour provisions. Also mustered 138 on the Unicorn, the rest being on shore. There is a want of various provisions; the captain is on shore getting his men on board, and will sail to-morrow. 109
" " Navy Comrs " Have directed the commanders of the Ann and Joyce and Champion to sail to the Hope, and take the convoy of the George and Unicorn to Gen. Blake's fleet, and will send copies of their bills of lading to Gen. Blake. 110
" " Capt. Mic. Nutton, the Norwich, Gravesend. " Has his victuals and stores on board; the boatswain and gunner are on shore, indenting for them, as also his men, procuring necessaries for the voyage, having been all paid last Tuesday to within 3 months. His master is unwell; desires his discharge, and another be sent down to Lee or Yarmouth. 111
" " Capt. Thomson, Expedition, Scate Road, near Holy Island. " Was ordered by Gen. Monk to ply off the Staples, and return once a week to Scate Road or Holy Island for further orders. Has been 7 days on his station, and met with very bad weather and long nights; wants an order for more provisions and stores. 112
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, State's Yard, [Portsmouth]. Robt. Blackborne. Sends up John Holmes, boatswain of the Sorlings. That and the Wakefield will get out to-day 113
Dec. 12 Capt. Robt. Clarke, George, Hope. Adm. Com. The painters having finished the ship's head, will set up the rigging, and hopes to sail for the Downs, and ply on his station by Monday. Having a number of supernumeraries on board, asks whether to clear or detain them, or at least 13, in addition to his complement of 320 men, as there is no doubt they will be wanted in the fleet. 114
" " Capt. John Pley, Dartmouth. Col. Jno. Clerke. Has spoken with divers of the adventurers interested in the land allotted for the town, but very few are inclined to sell, and those will not dispose of their interest for less than they have laid out, including all charges and disbursements. 115
" " Daniel Sherley Navy Comrs Petition for an enquiry as to the truth of his complaint and information, viz., that he was one of the carpenters on board the Torrington in the late expedition to the West Indies, and although he faithfully discharged his duties for 2 years, he sustained insufferable abuses and injuries from John Woolger, the master carpenter, for not complying with his irregular practices. Woolger, while at Jamaica, sold a barrel of pitch, skin of tallow, and 80l. worth of prize plate at 4s. an ounce to those on board the Teneriffe Merchant. Complained to the Admiral, but Woolger's influence prevailed, so thought it convenient to wait until the ship came home, when by a strict investigation, the truth would come out. Since returning, Woolger, to prevent an enquiry, indicted him for slander, but did not appear to prosecute; was discharged by the jury, but has been put to extraordinary charges thereby. Woolger endeavoured to obtain petitioner's wages, by alleging he was his master, but having no indenture, they were paid to petitioner. Nevertheless upon coming forth, Woolger, with his wife and brother, violently set upon him, and took the money out of his pockets, whereupon he procured a warrant to apprehend them as felons, but not being inclined to take the rigour of the law, compounded with them for one half of it. 116
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. " Mr. Munday, the State's purveyor, has been about his accounts; surveyed such timber and plank as Suffolk usually affords, and finding there will be a further supply of all sorts needed shortly, and he having mentioned a quantity he has in view, which may be had at Easter, desires order therein. 117
" 13 Wm. Badiley, Woolwich. " Desires a warrant for the delivery at Deptford of quiles required for the shrouds for ships fitting out at Woolwich; wants Mr. Turner to send down his bill of imprest. 118
" " Jno. Maisterman, York. Adm. Com. Mr. Bower of Burlington having petitioned for the release of the prisoners in York, Maj.Gen. Lilburne has given order for their being cleared, and Spont is one of them; if speedy course is not taken for the release of our men by exchange, all the prisoners will be gone, some having escaped already. 119
" " Capt. Thos. Morris, Portsmouth. " Got out of harbour to Spithead yesterday, his men have been paid, and as soon as the stores are on board, will sail. If his boatswain be dismissed, desires a warrant for Rich. Driver, who acts during his absence. 120
Dec. 13 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Refitting and victualling of ships; asks whether to discharge 50 men belonging to the Dunbar, when she is brought up the river. 121
" " " " Navy Comrs To like effect. Will examine the business of the carpenter of the Torrington next week 122
" " Capt. John Taylor, Phineas Pett, Chatham. " Send a survey of the defects of the Torrington and Gloster; they can be perfected in 6 weeks, but the shipwrights should know what voyages they are intended for; ships merely employed about the Straits' mouth—as most of the great fleet were last summer—need no sheathing. 123
" " Adm. Com. " Order to make out a bill to John Powell for 7l. for the relief of Ambrose Tooth, an officer attending the Admiralty Commissioners. 124
" " " " Like order for 300l. to Col. Anthony Rous for his services as Admiralty Commissioner and Judge of the Probate Court. 125
" 15 " " Order for a survey of the Wildman at Portsmouth, and for her refitting with all speed, being required to carry beer to Gen. Blake's fleet. 126
" " " " Order to transmit an account for materials and workmanship in repairing the head of the George, broken by the Joshua. 127
" " " " Order to make out a bill to Ensign Rich. Elton for 6l. 13s. 4d., paid by Major Elton at Hull 128
" " Robt. Kaye, Red Lion, Watling Street. Edw. Hopkins, Navy Office. Received his note offering to pay the 140l. for Col. Middleton this afternoon out of his own money; asks if next Wednesday at 8 o'clock will suit, when he will have to attend at the Tower. 129
" " Capt. Jno. Littlejohn, Providence, Downs. Adm. Com. Has arrived from Plymouth, where he revictualled for 10 days. His ship sails heavily, and is very foul, having been off the ground 13 months. 130
" " Wm. Smith Navy Comrs The hemp delivered by Mr. Wood and brought down in the hoy of Wm. Haffield of Pickle Herring, has been much abused, and is 2 cwt. short. Rich. Broadmead, who bought it, says he was thrust ashore by another vessel, and had to disburden some of the freight, to get off with the spring tide. If the State is to bear the loss, hopes orders may be given, when hemp is put on board lighters, that they be more careful. 131
" " Capt. Robt. Story, the Hampshire, Plymouth Sound. Adm. Com. Is taking in his 3 months' provisions, which is in wood-bound casks, and will sail when weather permits; wants sails and cables. 132
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorne, the Essex, Downs. Navy Comrs The vessels for Portsmouth arrived on the 12th, and sailed next day, under convoy of the Yarmouth and Nonsuch. Has been compelled to grant some tickets lately. 133
" " Capt. Thos. Wright, Fame, Harwich. Adm. Com. Is taking in his provisions and will hasten to his station. Desires Phil. Pecke, who has served since last Sept., to be appointed as his minister. 134
" 16 Jno. Browne, Harwich. " Account of stores issued to ships. Cannot procure tallow either at Harwich or Ipswich, it having been all bought up. 135
Dec. 16 Capt. Robt. Clarke, George, Hope. Adm. Com. Sends an account for pressing 58 men, also a list of volunteers to whom he paid conduct money, total, 22l. 7s. 0d.; hopes they will grant a bill to his wife. 136
" " Major Rich. Elton, Hull. " Sends a petition from some merchants, desiring a convoy for their ships bound to London, and hopes they will appoint Capt. Haddock of the Dragon, or some other. 137
" " Robt. Grassingham, Harwich. " Will refit the Tiger speedily when she arrives. Has sent their order to the victualler at Ipswich, and letter to the commander of the Fame, who expects his provisions to-day, and will then sail. 138
" " Capt. N. Heaton, the Gainsborough, Plymouth. Robt. Blackborne Came into Catwater because of the foulness of this ship, and the fitness of the place, the Channel being clear of men-of-war; having supplied the Hampshire with cables and sails, cannot proceed to sea without them; desires they will order Capt. Hatsell to send some down. The Sapphire and Bryer have gone to the Soundings, as convoy to 14 sail bound southward. 139
" " Capt. Robt. Mackay, the Yarmouth, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Sailed from the Downs for Portsmouth, with the Nonsuch, and will haul on shore to wash and tallow. Wants 4 more guns, and as his chase-guns are bad, and one of 9 cwt. will throw a shot further than either of them, asks for two of the Spanish guns in their room. 140
" " Thos. Morris, Spithead " Will sail to-day. Has been waiting for a boat 141
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Sends a report from Capt. Taylor of the defects of the frigates in dock, and desires directions for putting them in hand. The paymaster has orders for paying off the Preston; begs delay until she arrives in the Hope, or little may be expected from her men. 142
" " Capt. Robt. Story, the Hampshire, Plymouth Sound. Adm. Com. Having received all his provisions, and been refurnished by Capt. Heaton with the cables and powder he lent the Bryer, will sail to-morrow. 143
" " Adm. Com. NavyComrs Order to make out a bill of imprest to Major Wm. Burton for 500l., on account of cordage contracted for. 144
" " " " Order for paying the wages of the officers and company of the Vulture 145
" 17 " " Order to pay off the Truelove at Deptford 146
" " " " Order to see that the anchors, cables, &c., brought from Leith in the Weymouth pink be received into the stores at Deptford, and such as relate to the Ordnance be sent to the Tower. 147
" " Fras. Baylie, Bristol " Asks a convoy for his ship laden with timber for the navy 148
" " Capt. David Dove, London. Adm. Com. Brought the Nicodemus up to Deptford, and she has been paid off; has attended several times at Whitehall to settle the business of the last victualling, and it is almost finished; begs further employment. 149
" " H. Favell, Notary Public, Holland. Translations out of Low Dutch of the depositions of Cornelius Reyers Van Crimpen, captain of the convoyer Busse, in the service of the great fishing company of the Maas, and several others, before the treasurers for fishing at Rotterdam, and before the magistrates and council of Schiedam, Brill, and Enchuysen, that while engaged in their herring fishery off Yarmouth, in Sept. and Oct. last, they were ordered off, and, refusing to go, were chased by several English Parliament vessels, who fired and threw stones at them, cut their nets, and compelled them to abandon their fishing and fly northwards. [9 papers.] 150–158
Dec. 17 E. Hayward, and 8 others. Certificate for Thos. Jefferies for a cook's place, he having so served several years 159
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Send survey made by Capt. Jno. Taylor and Phineas Pett, of the defects of the Gloucester and Torrington, in Chatham Dock; if they are designed for a voyage to the West Indies, desire order to have them resheathed. 160–162
" " Capt. Hen. Pack, Plymouth Sound. " Put in at Guernsey on his return from St. Malo, and has convoyed 20 sail from Guernsey to Plymouth; after revictualling will proceed to the Downs. 163
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Sends the examination of Woolger, carpenter of the Torrington, and a petition; fears they will find much malice in the charge. Also sends a demand for making 51 anchors, and for stores that will shortly be wanted. 164
" " " Adm. Com. Sends letters from Capt. Robt. Clarke of the George, and Capt. Jonas Poole of the Unicorn, alleging they have been prevented sailing from the Hope by contrary winds. Also particulars of the Advice, Preston, and Dunbar. 165–167
" " " Navy Comrs Sends account for repair of the George's head 168
" " Geo. Pley, Weymouth Col. Clerke. A bark belonging to St. Malo, with oranges and lemons bound for Rouen, has been forced in by the easterly winds. She was taken near Alderney by 3 Dunkirkers, who put 4 of their men in her and sent her for Dunkirk. Has secured her, and finds, besides the Dunkirkers, there are 2 Frenchmen, and one Englishman, who was taken last year by Capt. Welch, and has never had an opportunity to escape. Asks whether to send her men to Portland Castle or the county gaol, and what to do with the lading, it being a perishable commodity. They report that there are 10 frigates of good force at the Groine ready to come out. 169
" " Capt. Jonas Poole, Unicorn, Hope. Robt. Blackborne. After leaving him at Whitehall, went for the Hope where he arrived at midnight. Sent to Chatham for a pilot, who came on Monday; would have then sailed, but the wind was contrary. Sent his boats to Chatham to get men, so as to change some striplings aboard, and on their return, will prepare to depart. Wants a minister, as Robt. Howes, the last, has left him unworthily. 170
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood [Portsmouth] Dockyard. Adm. Com. Arrival and departure of ships 171
" " " " To similar effect. The clerks are at a loss for books to pay the Paradox, there being neither clerk of the check nor purser. 172
" " Jas. Puckle, Yarmouth. " The Tiger has returned from the Maas with 19 English ships, 16 of which belong to Yarmouth, and is now going to Harwich, taking with her some vessels bound for the Sound. There are several ships at Yarmouth bound for the Maas who desire a convoy, there being two of the enemies' men-of-war about who have taken several vessels, and were chased by Capt. Sanders. 173
Dec. 18 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for refltting and victualling, for 6 months, the Yarmouth, designed for the Southern expedition. 174
" " " " Order to examine the accounts of Capt. Thos. Fleet, late commander of the Falcon flyboat, and make him all just allowances for victuals, &c. 175
" " " " Order to examine by what means the cocoa nuts brought home in the Great Charity were 15,487 lbs. short in weight. 176
" " Major N. Bourne, Navy Office. Adm. Com. Having agreed with some merchants for the hire of a frigate to carry the beer to the Southern fleet from Plymouth or Dartmouth, at 40s. a tun, desires they will direct Capt. Hatsell to write the victualler at Plymouth to provide casks and liquor at either of those places. 177
" " Capt. Jno. Smith, Ratcliffe. " Hopes they will restore him to his command, and will take care for the future that no such things as were spoken of by that rude and malicious crew are ever proved against him. If enquiries are made at Woolwich, Harwich, or Hull, where he has cleaned and victualled, they will have a good account both of his carriage and activeness; left a precedent for every ship that came afterwards for quick dispatch. 178
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Gravesend. " The George and Unicorn will sail for the Downs to-morrow, having all on board as well as the pilots. 179
" " John Morris, Gravesend. " The George and Unicorn are still waiting in the Hope for a wind, the latter having 58 men above her complement, will discharge them to-morrow. Commissioner Pett has been on board both. The Champion of London, one of the victuallers, has arrived, and cleared. 180
" 19 " " " The George and Unicorn have fallen down to the Lee Road, where the Norwich is riding with the Hull men; if the wind keeps southerly, they will soon get about. The Truelove went up yesterday. 181
" " Capt. Robt. Clarke, George, Hope. " Is still waiting for a wind, and will sail the first opportunity 182
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. Was under sail yesterday, but forced to anchor again 183
" " Capt. Jonas Poole, Unicorn, Hope. Adm. Com. Will observe their commands as to William and Gilbert Gregory. Has sent away 50 supernumeraries, and whatever seamen of sound judgment could do, with such a ship as the Unicorn, will be attempted to the utmost; is about to resail. 184
" " " " Robt. Blackborne Sent his last by Capt. Ben. Gunsone. Endeavoured to sail yesterday, but the wind becoming violent, was forced to re-moor. Has 350 men, having cleared off the supernumeraries. 185
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com The George and Unicorn went down the last tide, and it is hoped are as low as the Lee, and if the wind does not overblow, they will suddenly be in the Downs. 186
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to allow Matthew Debell, late of the Nazeby, the pay of a master's mate of a 4th-rate frigate, for the time he served as such in the Spanish galleon. 187
Dec. 19 Capt. Hen. Hatsell, Whitehall. Navy Comrs Having drawn a 5 days' bill upon them for 800l., on account of disbursements amounting to 1,582l., for affairs of the Navy at Plymouth, hopes it will receive dispatch. 188
" " Rob. Saunders and Rob. Southwell, Kinsale. [Adm. Com.] The Sapphire being unfit to carry Col. Moore and his company to Jamaica, have hired the Plain Dealing at Kinsale to perform the voyage. Particulars of the contract. 189
" " Rich. Lawrence, Cork. [The Lord Deputy.] Having taken depositions as to the unfitness of the Sapphire for the voyage, has landed all the goods, &c., out, of her, and will make a survey of her defects. Is endeavouring by beat of drum and otherwise to raise the volunteers required, to go with Col. Moore, but having little hope of success, asks him to write to Limerick and Athlone, where a number of foot are quartered, and volunteers would be more easily obtained, as the noise of the late loss may not have had the same influence at so great a distance, and they will be much better than pressed men. With depositions of Capt. Jas. Williams and the other officers of the Sapphire, that while at sea on 25 Oct. last. they found, after a great storm, that she made water, and the pumps being choked, the company of 18 men had to continue baling her day and night, until they got into Cork Harbour. Heard Peniwell, one of the mates, assert he would not go the voyage in her unless he went fettered, and the surgeon wished himself on shore, if only with his skin, although he had 100l. ventured in her, and said if he got on shore, he would rather be hanged than go the voyage in her, unless she was repaired; many others alleged she was in a bad condition. 17 Dec. 190–192
" " Capt. Thos. Marryott, Limehouse. Adm. Com. Has attended at Whitehall several times to thank them for their kindness while he was in the Dunbar, and also attended the Navy Commissioners to pass his accounts and obtain his wages, but as they decline paying him without order, begs a line or two, as he is in great want of his money. 193
" " Capt. Thos. Morris, Weymouth. " Left Yarmouth the 17th, but has since been detained at Weymouth by the winds and snow, so that he could neither get to his convoy, nor they to him; has sent an express for them to meet him in Torbay. 194
" " Navy Comrs. " Send the examination of John Woolger, carpenter of the Torrington, on a complaint of his servant, Daniel Sherley, to the Navy Commissioners, charging him with embezzling and selling pitch and tallow, 80l. worth of prize plate, and with indicting Shirley at the sessions for slander, to prevent his appearing against him. 195,196
" " Ordnance officers " Send request of Jno. Hill, chief constable of Bridlington, for a barrel of powder and some shot for the supply of 2 guns used to protect ships from the Dunkirkers, also receipt of the same from Fras. Gould, master gunner, by order of Capt. Jno. Smith, commander of the Pearl; desire the captain may be called upon to account for the same, as well as for two iron sakers delivered to some gentlemen at York. 197–179
Dec. 20 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay the wages of Capt. Penhallow, late commander of the Beaver, deducting what shall appear due to the State by his making false tickets or otherwise. 200
" " " " Order to pay the wages of the officers and company of the Preston, refitting at Chatham, as soon as she arrives in the Hope, reserving 3 months in hand. 201
" " " " " Like orders for the Yarmouth and Providence, refitting at Portsmouth, as soon as they arrive at Spithead. 202,203
" " " Navy Comrs Order for the speedy refitting of the Reserve for service in the Channel, as soon as she arrives at Portsmouth, and her victualling for 4 months. 204
" " " " Order to examine the papers and witnesses concerning frauds and misdemeanours committed by the master gunner and carpenter of the Constant Warwick, and the alleged intemperance of the minister, and to return the depositions taken. 205
" " " " Order to allow the wages due to Capt. Thos. Marryot for the time he served in the Dunbar, notwithstanding an Order of the Council of State of 23rd Feb. With the said Order for stay of the wages of Marriot and his company, till they have satisfied the claims of John Hubin, German, and a general release from Hubin to Marriot of all actions and suits for taking his ship, called the Fortune of Flushing, while he was commander of the Discovery. 206–208
" " Capt. Rich. Cowes, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. On arriving at Portsmouth yesterday, found his frigate rigged and nearly ready for sailing, but the victualler will not supply any provisions without order, and the want of them will detain him. 209
" " Rob. Peacock, Portsmouth. Col. John Clerke. Was prevented attending him, having the smallpox; reminds him of a promise to Lady Desborow to assist him in obtaining the clerk's place in the ropeyard at Portsmouth; Gen. Desborow and Maj.-Gen. Kelsey also promised help, and it is about to be settled. 210
" " Capt. Rob. Grassingham, Harwich. Adm. Com. The Tiger ran aground coming into port, and lay there all the tide, beating very hard; having sent some boats to take out her guns, got her off, and will careen and see to her defects. The Fame will sail to-day, having been prevented by weather. 211
" " Capt. Gab. Sanders, Tiger, Harwich. " After parting with his convoy, bound for London, made for Harwich, where the pilot ran the frigate upon a stone bank called the Ridge, where she lay beating for 10 hours; only got her off by taking out the guns and ballast, and was forced to cut away 2 cables and anchors, but hopes to regain them. The pilot, Thos. Waterson of Yarmouth, said he was as well acquainted with the place as his own house, and yet the rogue would not be convinced until the boats came; able pilots will not take charge for the salary allowed by the State, by which means the ships are exposed to many dangers. Will careen the frigate; sends a note of the gunner's stores. 212
" " Phineas Pett, Chatham Dockyard. Robt. Blackborne. Desires he will support the petition of John Lavington, late carpenter of the Pelican, who sustained great loss when she was burnt in Stokes Bay, which has never been considered; he has been since employed in the yard, and has given satisfaction; repair of ships. 213
Dec. 20 Capt. Robt. Robinson Robt. Blackborne. Recommends Mr. Jackson, who is in great poverty; he served as purser 20 years, and part of the time under him in the Greyhound, when he resigned on account of his age, in favour of his son, who was lost in the ship. 214
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Dockyard [Portsmouth]. Adm. Com. Will haul the Nonsuch and Yarmouth on shore. The Providence has arrived at Spithead, and would have come in to-day but for bad weather. The victuallers have 300 firkins of butter, and a proportionable quantity of cheese in store. 215
" " Capt. Val. Tatnell, Junr., Satisfaction. " Wants as his chaplain Jno. Lane, who has taught both privately and publicly at Chatham, and is highly esteemed, having many certificates from congregations, as also from the Searcher at the Dock. With like request from his company. 216,217
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorne, the Essex, Downs. Navy Comrs As his squadron want sails, desires instructions before he orders any more to be made at Dover, as they may be had from Chatham, or some other of the stores. The Dartmouth wants a cable. 218
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" 21 John Morris, Gravesend, Navy Comrs Sends a list of supernumeraries discharged from the George and Unicorn, with the time they served, &c., Has made out tickets for those discharged sick, who lived at Hull and other remote places, and had not a penny to help themselves; desires order as to giving tickets to the rest, or leaving it to the clerks, Capt. Poole sent 37 men up with their clothes in a hoy, and a request for him to pay the hoyman, who says he agreed with him for 1s. a man, and now the hoyman does not know where to get his money without the Commissioners' order; 18 of the men brought up have tickets, and the remainder are referred to him. 1–3
" 22 Capt. Wm. Whitehorne, Essex, Downs. Adm. Com. Sends the examination of the master of a Flemish hoy taken by the Cheriton and Mermaid in Mardike Pitts, a packet from Capt. Plumleigh, a letter of intelligence, an account of the Downs squadron, and particulars of other ships. The Oxford brought in the Love of Rotterdam, which was taken by Capt. Plumleigh in the Narrow, laden with salt, herrings, and tar, bound for Bilboa, and supposed for the enemy, and has sent her to the Prize Commissioners at Dover for further examination. Will send up Cotterell and the rest of the prisoners. 4
" " Capt. Abra. Allgate, the Oxford, Downs. " Has been plying on his station with the Reserve and Adventure, but did not meet with any of the enemy, although he pursued and seized the Love of Rotterdam, laden with salt, herrings, and tar, which were assigned to some merchants at Bilboa for delivery to the enemy, and has sent her to the Commissioners of Prizes at Dover by order of Capt. Whitehorne. Has tried the sailing qualities of the Oxford against the Adventure, and finds the Oxford the better. 5
" " Jno. Browne, Harwich. Navy Comrs Sends a demand for deals by the master of a Harwich hoy, who will bring them down at a lower rate than others. The Fame will sail to-day. 6
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. The London is not sheathed, but the James, which is quite as fit for the Southern expedition, can be graved and ready for sea in 18 days, if men are procured to man her. The Preston is being tallowed, and her provisions have come down; she will sail this week. 7
Dec. 22 Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, State's Yard, [Portsmouth.] Adm. Com. Particulars of ships. Will send 10 bales of canvas, a suit of sails, and two cables for the Gainsborough, but thinks captains are not so careful of their sails as they ought to be; they let them lie by and rot until wanted, instead of continually using them. 8
" " Officers of Constant Warwick. " Examinations of Thos. Smelt, late coxswain of the Constant Warwick, and Jacob Bryan, purser, charging Thos. Bitton, the gunner, with embezzling powder, and Robt. Leonard, the chaplain, of drunkenness. Also examinations of Thos. Bitton and 4 others on the same matters, 15 and 22 Dec. 9–11
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to suspend the pay due to Michael Harman, and 4 other seamen of the Preston 12
" " " Navy Comrs Order for the speedy refitting of the Wildman at Portsmouth, to carry beer to Gen. Blake's fleet, and for victualling her for 8 months' dry provisions, and 4 months' beer. 13
" " " " Order for the navy victualler to provide 200 tuns of beer in iron bound casks at Portsmouth, for shipment in the Wildman, to be transported to Blake's fleet. 14
" " " " Order for the officers at Deptford not to proceed with the refitting of the Weymouth pink, she not being appointed as one of the winter guard, 15
" 23 " " Order for refitting and victualling the Nonsuch at Portsmouth, for 4 months, for service in the Channel. 16
" " " " Order to make out a bill to John Fowler, judge-advocate of the fleet, for 4l. 16s. 4d., disbursed by him in travelling from London to Chatham. 17
" " " " Order to suspend the wages due to Thos. Waterson, pilot of Yarmouth, for having run the Tiger aground upon the Ridge, near the entrance to the harbour at Harwich. 18
" " " " Order to contract for the hire of the Rebecca, to carry 100 tuns of beer to Gen. Blake's fleet, and direct the navy victualler to send 100 tuns of beer to Dartmouth, and 200 to Plymouth, in iron bound casks, to be shipped in such vessels as Capt. Hen. Hatsell shall take up. 19
" " Capt. Dan. Baker, Lizard, Kinsale. Adm. Com. Left the orders for Capt. Parker with Capt. Heaton at Plymouth, and having completed his number of men, sailed for Kinsale, and delivered his instructions to the Governor; will diligently observe their commands. 20
" " Capt. Robt. Clarke, George, Downs. " Came into the Downs from the Nore with the Unicorn, but only found one of the victuallers, supposed to be the Campion. Will make no stay, but ply for the Channel, and will deliver the packet received from Capt. Whitehorne when he meets with the fleets. 21
" " Capt. Jonas Poole, Unicorn, Downs. Thos. Turner, Navy Office. Sends the numbers of 5 printed tickets given to some of his men. Being in haste, was forced to take whatever men volunteered, and thus had many supernumeraries, but having garbled the whole, is now pretty well manned. 22
Dec. 23 Capt. Mich. Nutton, the Norwich, Queenborough. Blackborne. Received his letter while under sail to the Lee. His new master having come on board, sailed with the convoy, of which he sends particulars, down the Swinn, but was forced to anchor through the northerly winds in Queenborough Water. The George and Unicorn are gone to the Downs. 23
" " Capt. Robt. Duck, Hunter, Orfordness. Adm. Com. Has been plying about the Shoe Beacon, where the fleet of sprat boats fished until bad weather caused them to make for Tilbury Hope. Convoyed several vessels down the Swinn, laden with merchants' goods, and some with corn from Sandwich, bound to Mr. Clarke, the victualler at Ipswich, on the State's account. Is now plying off Orfordness, until ships arrive and require convoying to the river's mouth. 24
" " John Morris, Gravesend. " The Advice has come into the Hope. There are no other of the State's ships there 25
" " Capt. Hen. Pack, Amity, Plymouth. " Since arriving at Plymouth, has been forced to take in another month's provisions. The Lark with the convoy could not get in with him, on account of foul weather, but they have since arrived safe, and will resail with the first wind. 26
" 24 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for Capt. Thos. Alderne to provide and ship 4 months' victuals for 5,600 men for Gen. Blake's fleet, one-third in beer, to see that it is good and packed in iron-bound casks, and to take up ships in the Thames, and at Portsmouth and Plymouth, for its transportation. 27
" " Capt. Fras. Allen, London. " Desires they will give a bill to Thos. Lewis for the balance of the money disbursed upon his frigate. 28
" " Fras. Baylie, Bristol. " The ship sailed this morning from King's Road, with his lading of timber 29
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. In the late expedition to the West Indies, a tun of brandy was put on board the Portland, and Capt. Newberry being absent, the steward signed for it, and has since stood charged for it. The captain however alleges it was sent as a perquisite, and for his own use, and was no more than was given to other captains in the fleet. A stop has been laid upon his entertainment until the State has satisfaction therein, at which the captain is much troubled. Desire order therein, as it is the first case of the kind that has come before them. 30
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorne, the Essex, Downs. " Received their warrant for Jno. Hills to be gunner of the Redhorse pink, and will call the carpenter before a Council of War. Appointed the Dartmouth to convoy 2 vessels with hemp, &c., on the State's account to Portsmouth. The Pembroke will be ready to come out to-morrow, and her provisions are expected in a few days; suggests that Capt. Groves should again have the command. As the great ship lately built at Dunkirk must come into the Splinter to take in her guns, ammunition, and provisions, intends sending some of the Downs squadron to try and destroy her, before she comes any further. Movements of ships. 31
Dec. 24 Capt. J. Whitstone, Phœnix, Falmouth. Adm. Com. Took the Love and Honeycomb, bound for Lisbon, under his convoy, but the latter being leaky and likely to sink, put back with him for Falmouth; but a fog coming on, lost sight of him, so cannot say whether he got into Plymouth or was swallowed in the sea; putting aside the public concernment and the poor men's lives, this would be a meet reward for men who prefer self-interest before the public weal, in obtruding their own insufficient ships, and declaring them to be of ability, when they know they are not, whilst other able vessels of private men, ready to be employed at an easier rate, lie by. The wind being now fair, a ship of the Phœnix's charge should not wait longer for 3 or 4 score tuns of beer, being upon business of concernment, and will therefore set sail. 32
" " Capt. Chas. Thorowgood. Dockyard, Portsmouth. " The Wolf and Griffin have arrived from Plymouth; has sent them 2 cables and a suit of sails for the Gainsborough, and 10 bales of canvas, assigned to Capt. Hatsell. The Dartmouth has arrived with 2 hoys from the Downs, with provisions for the yard. Recommends Baker, boatswain's mate of the Laurel, as boatswain for the Wildman. Wants a convoy for some ships at Cowes, bound for the Downs. 33
" 25 Wm. Badiley and 4 others, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Particulars of ships 34
" " Capt. Rich. Country, Hind, Harwich. Adm. Com. Since leaving Wivenho, has carried an anchor and cable to Chatham, and weighed another let slip by the Tiger off Harwich, which he delivered to the State's officers there; has since been plying on his station. Hears there are many of the enemies' small vessels abroad, waiting all opportunities, but will seek to prevent them. 35
" " Capt. Rich. Haddock, Dragon, Leith Road. " Went to Tynemouth Bar, to convoy some vessels bound southwards, but the wind changing easterly, weighed and plied off; as it continued with extremity for 3 or 4 days, was forced to Buffun Ness, and has ever since been plying back. Was compelled to put into Leith Road for ballast and water. 36
" " Wm. Harding Col. John Clarke and Edw. Hopkins. Recommends for employment a friend who has been several years in the service of the Commonwealth; has had large experience of his worth. 37
" " Thos. Lewis Robt. Blackborne. In the absence of Mr. Loddington, sends an account of victuals issued by the navy victuallers in London and the outports to the fleet, upon the last declaration. 38, 39
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Sends an offer made by Capt. Taylor to supply masts, deals, and tar, at prices named; as he is in London, he should be treated with, they heing much wanted. The ship with the lading has arrived at Chatham, and if a person is sent down to survey and certify their goodness and value, will make the best bargain he can. 40, 41
Dec. 25 Geo. Hepton Navy Comrs Petition to be carpenter of the Vulture on her next employment. With certificate by Capt. Ant. Rively that he so served under his command from the time he received his commission until 17 Dec. 1656, when the ship was paid off, and that during that time, he had no warrant for his place. 42, 43
" " Capt. Ri. Rooth, the Dartmouth, Spithead. Adm. Com. Has convoyed two vessels laden with State's goods from the Downs to Spithead, and, as ordered by Capt. Whitehorne, has given notice that he will convoy back any bound that way, as soon as the weather permits. Must take in another week's provisions. 44
" " Major Jo. Wade, Little Dean. " Sends a contract entered into with Capt. Jas. Bowman, of the John and Mary, of London, for freight of crows, iron hoops, &c., manufactured at the forge in Dean Forest, to the Tower, being at the rate of 1l. 1s. 0d. per ton, with bill of lading of the quantity shipped. Will have a considerable number of the other sorts ordered by the Navy Commissioners ready on the arrival of the next ship, and hopes his imprest bills will be sent. 45, 46
" " " " Navy Comrs Sends copy of the above bill of lading, signed by Capt. Jas. Bowman 47
" " Adm. Com. " Order for the speedy refitting the James and Kentish at Chatham, and the Rainbow at Portsmouth, for the Southern expedition, and the supplying them with 8 months' provisions. 48
" " " " Order to certify the condition of the Laurel, Portland, and Dover, and whether the Elias or Princess Maria can be the soonest fitted for the Southern expedition. 49
" 26 " " Order for the speedy refitting the Elias at Woolwich, and victualling her for 8 months for 140 men for the Southern expedition. 50
" " " " Order to allow 20 additional caulkers for 14 days, for the dispatch of the ships at Woolwich 51
" " Major Wm. Burton, Yarmouth. Adm. Com. Finds that Thos. Waterson, pilot of the Tiger, is a very able and efficient man, however that miscarriage fell out; when he can find him, will send him up to Whitehall as ordered; but if they send for pilots and make them suffer when anything casually occurs, they will not get them for the service on any terms. 52
" " Capt. Rich. Cowes, Paradox, Spithead. " On receipt of their order to go for Ireland, went to the victualler for the provisions, and having received them, went to Spithead, where they were paid off to within 3 months. Will be ready to sail this evening. 53
" " Navy Comrs. " Details of ships fitting at Woolwich for Gen. Blake's fleet; will hire freight for transportation of the victuals. 54
" " Chas. Thorowgood, Dockyard, Portsmouth. " The Paradox has sailed; hopes the sails, canvas, and cables were opportunely sent. The Nonsuch has taken in 17 tuns of beer, and if the weather serves, will sail for the Downs, and the Yarmouth to Spithead. The master complains of the gunner, and there are no mates. The Wildman is being rigged. Particulars of other ships. 55
" " Capt. Robt. Vessey, Nightingale, Kinsale. " After leaving Milford, put into Kinsale, and convoyed several vessels therefrom. Such a continuance of fogs, calms, and easterly winds has not been known; will lose no opportunity to accomplish their orders. 56
Dec. 27 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to confer with Capt. Ben. Blake, Capt. Newberry, and other officers lately come from the West Indies, as to what sort of provisions should be sent to Jamaica for the land and sea forces for 4 months, for 3,000 men, and to give directions to the victuallers to provide the same with all speed, except brandy, for which orders have been issued. 57
" " " " Order to make out a bill to Capt. Thos. Alderne for 2,000l. imprest, on account for hemp, &c., which he has directions to buy for the navy. 58
" " " " Order to confer with Vice-Adm. Badiley and other officers of the fleet, as to the serviceableness of a quantity of pricked wines in London, for making a beverage for the fleet on the coast of Spain. 59
" 28 Col. Thos. Fitch, Hamton's End. Adm. Com. Requests them to order the man-of-war going as convoy to some vessels with provisions for Leith to convoy some others he has laden with provisions and stores as far as Inverness, otherwise he will have difficulty with the owners about sailing. Lord Gen. Monk has ordered some more forces to march thither, to be ready for field service. Would have attended them but is too ill to travel. 60
" " Capt. Gab. Sanders, Tiger, Harwich. " Finds they are troubled that the Tiger is so often exposed to danger, and think that if he or his master had been present, and discharged their duty, the late accident might have been prevented. Has had the command of her for 4 years, been in many hot contests with the enemy, and been exposed to many dangers, but has kept her from one penny damage, and if he or his master, to whom the navigation of the ship was committed, had been acquainted with Harwich, he would not have taken a pilot, or entrusted him, unless confident of his abilities. Desires examination; will do his utmost in getting her repaired, refitted, and victualled, but must refer to the shipwright for particulars of damage sustained. 61
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " Preparation and victualling of ships for the Southern expedition. With list by Thos. Sprigge of victuals shipped. 62, 63
" 29 Capt. Fras. Allen, Advice, Hope. " Has received his beer, &c., but waits for the beef and pork. Hearing the hoy containing it had sprung a leak and put into Chatham, has sent the purser to put it into another hoy, and will go to the Lee Road to meet him; as soon as it is on board, will set sail. 64
" " Danl. Adams, Bristol. Navy Comrs Sent Capt. Marryott his bill and receipt, but as they have miscarried, encloses copies 65
" " Wm. Badiley, Woolwich. " The landlord of the Creek will grant a lease of it for 15 years, at 10l. a year and 10l. fine, for the purpose of setting up posts for better securing ships lying there, and they will have the benefit of the reeds, 8,000 a year, growing on it, which may be gathered at a very easy charge. 66
" " Major Wm. Burton, Yarmouth. Adm. Com. The Assistance sailed 15 days since for Leith. Was forced to supply him with bread; when he returns, will send him to Chatham, if he does not victual in Scotland. The Fame has not yet returned. There are 12 sail waiting for a convoy to the Maas, some being Hull men, laden with cloth and lead. 67
Dec. 29 Major Wm. Burton, Col. Jno. Clarke. Those who assert that Capt. Colman is not a favourer of godliness abuse him; has known him 16 years; if his chaplain was ever out of his place, he would do the duty himself, and he kept a man on board to learn the young men writing and arithmetic. Has enquired respecting him of Mr. Bridge, the pastor, and although Capt. Colman is not one of Bridge's members, his wife is, and is a very good woman. Hopes they will not harbour any evil thoughts until they have heard the truth; it may be the complaint of some purser. The English and Holland hemp are very good; asks if he shall double the order. 68
" " Peter Cole Navy Comrs He and Thos. Broughton, of New England, have furnished the State for years with such New England masts as were required; it would be an advantage if they would make a contract with him for a yearly supply. 69
" " Capt. Robt. Colman, Elizabeth, Falmouth. " Has been plying at sea since his last, with the fleet bound for Bordeaux and Rochelle, and is now forced in by foul meather. 70
" " Capt. Jer. Country, Roe ketch, Lynn. " Convoyed some vessels from Harwich towards the Deeps, and hearing that 3 of the enemies' menof-war had been upon the coast, and taken 2 vessels of Wells, laden with corn, has been lying there, and is now come in to water; will then convoy some vessels bound for London. 71
" " Capt. Phil. Holland, Assurance, Scarborough. Adm. Com. Convoyed 6 ships from Spithead to the Downs, but was much driven about by the stormy weather. Hearing that 2 of the enemies' men-of-war were upon the coast, lay off and on 6 days, and chased 3, of which two were Hollanders from Scotland, and the other a man-of-war, which they lost in the chase. Is in a condition to keep at sea. 72
" " John Morris, Gravesend. " Several Scotch ships have come down with provisions for the State, and pretend that the Advice is to convoy them, but its purser says that as most of her provisions have been damaged by being sent down in an old and leaky hoy, they are unserviceable. The Norwich is still in Queenborough, with the Hull and Scotch ships. 73
" " Capt. Thos. Morris, Torbay. " Arrived in Torbay, with 10 vessels under convoy, from the Wight, Weymouth, and Lynn; sent his mate to hasten out the Apsam men, but could not sail till the 28th, and was then forced back by the foul weather. 74
" " Jno. Greene, Deptford. Robt. Blackborne. Accounts of ships at Deptford on rigging wages, their numbers of men, &c. 75
" " Capt. Ri. Rooth, the Dartmouth, Spithead. Adm. Com. Has been prevented sailing to the Downs with his convoy by contrary winds. Has seized leather worth 6l. on board a Hollander, laden with sugar and tobacco from Lisbon, bound for Rouen, which leather was bought by a French passenger at Cowes, and was all the goods he had to carry with him; asks what to do with it. 76
Dec. 29 Capt. Chas. Thorowgood, Dockyard, [Portsmouth]. Adm. Com. Judges Baker, boatswain of the Wildman, to be an able man, and hopes he will be honest. Both himself and Mr. Newberry have examined the gunner of the Yarmouth, and although they do not find him so sharp-sighted as some men, yet not so purblind but he can see far and near enough to do the State service; Newberry says he is a very solid man. Hopes the respective ships will be ready by the time hinted. 77
" " Thos. White, Dover. Navy Comrs Sends his quarter's account, and hopes they will give his son all dispatch, and not cut off the pence, as he receives little for his services, and is out of pocket. Would have waited on them, but has a cold, and is looking for the coming in of the Dartmouth to clean and refit; dares not be absent when any ships are expected or in hand. Does not complain of any of the men, but they complain of him, that he makes them do as much work in 3 or 4 days as would take 14 in any other port. 78
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorne, the Essex, Downs. " Sends receipt for an anchor supplied to Thos. Hoare, master of the John and Mary of London, laden with provisions for London on the State's account, which he has promised to return on his arrival. Will act as they desire, and with as little charge to the State as possible. 79
" " " " Adm. Com. Particulars of ships. Will send Cotterell and the other 4 prisoners up to Woolwich in the Adventure, the other sent on shore sick having escaped. Has had very sharp weather lately. 80
" " Capt. Robt. Plumleigh, Reserve, Downs. " Has been plying on his station, and came in to proceed to Chatham to clean and revictual 81
" " Capt. Jno. Woolters, Nonsuch, Portsmouth. " Has repaired, and is taking in his provisions. Will send an account of his men, as some are absent about their arrears of pay; if he goes towards the Downs, will soon recruit again. 82
" 30 Capt. N. Heaton, the Gainsborough, Plymouth. " Received their order for convoying the ships with the beer to the fleet, and will endeavour to get into the Sound to day, and find the Wakefield, or leave orders for her. 83
" " Capt. Giles Shelly, the Guinea, Plymouth Sound. " Convoyed 2 ships from Plymouth, bound for Bordeaux, and 22 from Falmouth, to St. Martin's Island. Sent to Rochelle to hear what ships were ready for England, and convoyed several from St. Martin's, bound to Cork, Glasgow, Bristol, &c. Met a Dunkirk man-of-war, and engaged with him, but not being able to leave his convoy, the man-of-war escaped, after scalding 8 of his men, and damaging the stem of his ship off the Lizard. Spoke the Phœnix, bound from Falmouth to the fleet. 84
Dec. 30 Thos. Shewell, Bristol. Adm. Com. Has laden 4 tons of culverin and round shot on board the John and Mary of London, and 60 tons on the Friendship of Bristol. 85
" " Wm. Warren Mr. Hopkins. There being 3,000l. due to him last July, the Admiralty Committee ordered him 1,250l. on his promising not to trouble them again until in the same great necessity. As there is now more than the first sum still due, for goods delivered at a low rate, on promise of ready money, begs 1,000l. to supply present occasions, having no friend in the Committee; although a stranger to him, hopes for justice. 86
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to allow the pay due to John Midgley, late master's mate of the John of Stroud, notwithstanding any order of suspension, defalking 4l. 10s. received by him of one of the mariners for his passage to England. 87
" " " " Order to make out a bill of imprest to Capt. Thos. Alderne for 3,500l. a week for 4 weeks, to commence from the determination of the last order, for enabling him to carry on the victualling. 88
" 31 " Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay off the Nonsuch as soon as she arrives at Spithead, reserving 3 months' pay in hand 89
" " Manley Callis, Deptford. Navy Comrs Asks whether the Constant Warwick and Cornelian are to be tallowed before they leave the dock. Noted, only the former to be done. 90
" " Capt. Edm. Curle, Sparrow pink, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Was sent by Capt. Whitehorne to Plymouth with some cables, and has since been advised by Capt. Thorowgood to refit and victual at Portsmouth. Having been long in the service, and most of the time had the command, desires to be removed; his officers and men want some money for their families. 91
" " T. Lodington, Victualling Office. " Account of money required next January for payments on contract for provisions and freights, without which the business cannot be carried on. Total, exclusive of incidental charges, 34,996l. 92
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Return the papers relating to misdemeanours of the officers of the Constant Warwick, with examinations taken thereon. 93
" " Symon Pryor, Fame, Yarmouth. " Reminds them of their promise to procure him better employment. Has served at sea 9 years, and is now gunner in the Fame. 94
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Preston, Chatham. " His frigate, having been refitted, is now a brave man-of-war, and fit for the Straits. Is taking in his provisions, and expects to get into the Hope to-morrow. 95