Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.: April 1657

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'Letters and Papers relating to the Navy, &c.: April 1657', in Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1656-7, (London, 1883) pp. 532-555. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/domestic/interregnum/1656-7/pp532-555 [accessed 19 April 2024]


April 1657

Date. From. To. Subject. References.
Vol. 164.
April 1 Wm. Acworth and 3 others, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Received some of the hemp from Geo. Baldron, according to their order, but as the master workman and others complain of its bad quality, have forborne taking the remainder. Ask whether to do so, or return what they have. 1
" " Capt. Robt. Colman, Elizabeth. Adm. Com. Convoyed 17 sail out of Plymouth into Yarmouth Roads on 26 Mar., by order of Capt. Whitehorne, commander-in-chief in the Downs, and afterwards a fleet of 200 sail to the northward, by order of Major Burton. Has only 13 days' victuals on board. 2
" " Capt. Lamb. Cornelius, Bramble, Dover Road. " Has repaired his masts, and will go to his station, and venture his life for the good of his country and his own reputation. 3
" " Capt. Rich. Country, Hind, Harwich. " Had been plying to and fro until he received their order to convoy a Yarmouth hoy laden with the State's cordage, which he saw to the river's mouth, and then repaired to his station. Hearing of their order for him at Harwich, ran into the Rolling Grounds, hauled on shore, tallowed, victualled for 10 weeks, and has again set sail for his station. 4
" " Capt. J. Grymsditch. " Recommends Mr. Hanson as chaplain for the Princess Maria 5
" 2 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for additional allowance of 10 men to the 25 at present borne on the Beaver 6
" " " " Order to hire a ketch belonging to Mr. White, of Dover, to carry water and provisions to the squadron on the Flemish coast, and dispatch it to Capt. Whitehorne in the Downs with all speed. 7
Apr. 2 Capt. Robt. Duck, Hunter, Buoy of the Nore. Adm. Com. Has been plying on his station, and given convoy to several vessels up the Swinn, and has now others under his charge, with merchants' goods bound for Ipswich and Woodbridge. 8
" 3 Lieut.-Col. Rich. Elton, Hull. " Received their orders for Capts. Allen and Pickering, but has heard nothing of them; hopes they have convoyed the Eastland ships out of danger. The merchants and himself return thanks for their great care as to convoy for their ships and the Eastland ships; there are now 5 in the Humber bound for London; hopes if any man-of-war touches there, they will order him to see them thither, or appoint one of the frigates on the northern coast to do so. 9
" " Rich. Browne, Pembroke. " Sent their order to Capt. Baker of the Lizard, which has sailed with the field carriages for Kinsale, and will then return to the Land's End. Hears that some vessels belonging to Hull, bound for Dartmouth, have been taken about the Land's End, which is a great loss to the poor men concerned. 10
" " Capt. Wm. Godfrey, Marmaduke, Kinsale. " As there is no one appointed at Kinsale to supply the necessaries he needed, has paid for them out of his own purse, and will sail to-night for the Downs. 11
" " Capt. N. Heaton, the Gainsborough, Plymouth. Robt. Blackborne. Sends account of the proceedings of the Gainsborough at sea, from Mar. 11 to April 1st; thanks the Admiralty Committee for all favours, and particularly for being allowed to remain on shore, as he is much refreshed; wishes he could go to the Bath, as it would do him much good. No news save the eyes of all men are upon his neighbour; hopes the Lord will direct all things for his own glory. With the account alluded to. 12, 13
" " Wm. Hockett Adm. Com. Petition for a continuance in his place of master in the Elias, preparing for sea. With certificate of Capt. Wm. Badiley and Jno. Packwood. 14, 15
" " Matthew Jones, Shipwright, Deptford. " Petition for the master carpenters' place in the Beaver; has served the State 5 years, and been one of the carpenter's crew in the Andrew. With certificate of Manley Callis. 16, 17
" " Ordnance officers " Have considered the petition of Andrew Jackson, for some allowance for his services at Chatham from June 1664 to Sept. 1655, and recommend that 40l. be paid him. 18
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. Navy Comrs Will endeavour to give the two small vessels quick dispatch, but in respect of the short time limited for finishing them, desires the men may work two hours extra daily, as it will be only 7d. more each daily, and will much forward the work. Wants two-inch plank. 19
" " Capt. Thos. Wright, Fame, Yarmouth Roads. Adm. Com. Will go to Harwich to re-victual. Is victualled to the 10th inst., but will put his men on such an allowance as will lengthen it to the 14th, and meantime ply on his station. Account of powder, match, shot, &c., expended the last 11 months; desires 15 barrels of decayed powder may be exchanged. 20
" 4 John Rundell, late prisoner in Ostend. " Petition that Ivan Vermodes, a prisoner in Chelsea College, may be released and sent over to Dunkirk in exchange for himself, having been discharged at Ostend on his parole, and on giving security to the Admiralty there that he should be sent over. With pass for him to England by the Admiralty Judges of Dunkirk. 21, 22
Apr. 4 Robt. Thorowgood, and 5 others, King's Lynn, co. Norfolk. Adm. Com. Recommend Capt. Jer. Country, late commander of the Roe ketch, for encouragement, he having convoyed their vessels on several occasions, and always performed his duty with much willingness and care; but having been desparately wounded in an engagement with a Dunkirk frigate, he has been lying on shore there for the cure of his wounds in much pain, and at great expense, since 1st Jan. last. 23
" " Thos. White, Dover Navy Comrs On orders from the commander-in-chief, will have his ketch ready to attend the fleet on the coast of Flanders at a day's notice, and be content either to let her, with 5 men and 2 guns, and to victual them as in her last voyage to Calais, or only for wear and tear, and the fleet to find men, wages, and victuals; asks leave to put in the master. 24
" " " " On their orders, will fit the John ketch, and send her to the commander-in-chief in the Downs; having hired a master and 4 men. 25
" 5 Geo. Kendall Navy Comrs The boatswain's servant of the Sampson, being at variance with his master, has charged him with having embezzled some cordage. Took his examination. Packwood has entered the boy on board the Dover, so that he may be forthcoming; but all the rigging, save what was standing upon the masts, was brought on shore, and nothing was missed. 26
" 6 Adm. Judges of Dunkirk. Adm. Com. Send over, in exchange for Joan de Biurco, prisoner at Chelsea College, John Wilkinson, master, and will send over the other master, and Wm. Wellwyn, merchant, as agreed on, by the next packet, they being now at Ostend. [French.] 27
" " Capt. Edm. Curle, Sparrow pink, Harwich. Adm. Com. Cannot account for his pink having sprung another leak so soon after being refitted, and his company do not believe that it has been wilfully done; is much troubled that it should have happened, as having asked to he removed to another station, an ill-construction may be put upon it, but his conscience is clear. Will endeavour to find out the leak, and also take in the 14 days' provisions he left behind. 28
" " Capt. Robt. Colman, Elizabeth. " Received order on the 3rd inst. to convoy the colliers, but has ever since had contrary winds, and the 100 bound for Newcastle are gone to Harwich. Has spent so much of his victuals that he has now only sufficient for 8 days, and but little powder that is serviceable; having been a year at sea, most of it is damp. 29
" " Capt. Rich. Haddock, Dragon, Gluckstadt. " On 31 Mar. sent an account of his safe arrival at Gluckstadt, with 11 sail under convoy; since then has sent to Hamburg to know whether the ships with the tar and hemp were ready to sail, and they have not yet come down. Encloses a letter received from 21 merchants and masters of ships at Hamburg, some of whom went over with him, thanking him for his convoy, and desiring him to stay to see them back; as there are 12 or 15 sail, and some of them laden upon the State's account, has agreed to wait for 4 days, and hopes it will not be considered a breach of his orders. 30, 31
Apr. 6 Capt. N. Heaton Capt. Hatsell. The Sapphire's captain is honest and able, but the company are divided to his grief, especially the boatswain, master, and master's mate, which if continued, things are likely to be badly performed, to the State and the captain's prejudice, and to the great discouragement of all who may sail in the ship. The captain is willing to compose things; there is a necessity for regulating them before Capt. Clay goes out of port again. Has the power of a flag officer by the General's order, yet being in port, desires a particular order, and if it should be thought fit that he should examine the business, the Commissioners should let him have it by the next post. 32
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Particulars of ships. The Dunbar and 2 others are being rigged and graved; must order the ropemakers to work extra hours until they are fitted with cordage; hemp is much wanted at Chatham. Is hastening the building of the 2 new frigates. 33
" " " " Adm. Com. To the same effect 34
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Preston, Yarmouth Roads. " As the fleet under his convoy has put back to Yarmouth through the weather, has come in for more water and ballast, and as he has only 11 weeks' provisions left, desires order for a supply out of some ship in the roads, should he be longer delayed. 35
" " Hugh Salesbury, Portsmouth. Col. Jno. Clerke. As there may be some alteration in the Victualling Office at Portsmouth through Capt. Alderne's death, renews his request to be looked upon; doubts not of satisfying anyone of his abilities for that employment. 36
" " Capt. Jo. Topping, Tynemouth Castle. Adm. Com. Paul Andrews, who was ordered to be kept a prisoner in the Castle, with an allowance of 4d. a day, having been detected by a soldier trying to escape, has since been kept in closer confinement, but having fallen sick, he desires his liberty. Damaged. 37
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorne, the Essex, Downs. " Will acquaint Capt. Plumleigh about the enemy, and has given Capt. Sparling advice for the better carrying on of the design against them; he, with his squadron, will sail the first wind. Sends an account of Capt. Sparling's proceedings in the Drake, of the Downs squadron, and of other ships. Capt. Tatnell chased a pirate of 8 guns lying off Calais, but he escaped in the dark. Will order such ships as require it to clean and re-victual. Capt. Nixon should be supplied with 10 more men and 2 guns, as his pink will be very serviceable in the design she is employed on. 38
" 7 Capt. Mic. Nutton. the Norwich, Leith Road. Navy Comrs Sends two musters of men on board, the purser being absent. Has orders from General Monk to convoy a ship laden with cables and some others to Queenborough, and then to return to Leith. Has received 6 weeks' victuals by the General's order. 39
" " Capt. J. Grymesditch, Princess Maria. Adm. Com. Has endeavoured to man his ship with able seamen, but has great difficulty in regard of the many merchantmen setting out, and the paucity of ships from Newcastle, who remain wind-bound at home. Will sail with the first wind; the pilot is giving constant attendance. The Exchange still lies at Blackwall; asks whether he is to wait for her, or let her follow him to the Downs. 40
Apr. 7 Capt. J. Grymesditch, Princess Maria. Navy Comrs Being detained from sailing by contrary winds, and wanting more able seamen, sent his lieutenant to London, and he having expended 52s. in pressing 40 men, hopes they will order him reimbursement. 41
" " Capt. Thos. Sparling, Assistance, Dover Road. Adm. Com. As before advised, went into the Downs to water, and procure other necessaries, but the winds continuing northerly, made for Dover Road with the Nightingale and Drake; having obtained what he required, will sail with the first wind. The Bramble has run on board the Drake, and carried away the bowsprit and endangered her head; cannot impute any blame to the captain or company of the Drake, as they were on board and their ship at anchor. If she should sail before she is repaired, hopes they will appoint another to accompany her. 42
" " Thos. White, Dover. " Is requested by Capt. Nixon to desire he release of his servant, Leonard Cheas, taken coming from Newcastle, and now prisoner at Dunkirk, by the exchange of Grandeo Dierus, a Spaniard, prisoner in Chelsea College. 43
" " " " Navy Comrs Has fitted the John ketch, and she will be in the Downs to follow Capt. Whitehorne's order to day. The Hawk is also fitted for sea, and the Reserve is in Mardike Pitts. 44
" " Capt. Robt. Wilkinson, Weymouth pink, Wells. Adm. Com. Has been lying off Wells since 30th March through contrary winds, as have also 20 salt ships, bound for Iceland, some of whom have not yet had all their lading of salt from Yarmouth; when that arrives, they will join the fleet with Capt. Thompson. Will remain on the coast until they have come out. 45
" " Capt. John Woolters, Nonsuch, Plymouth Sound. Robt. Blackborne. Convoyed 17 sail for the west from Portsmouth to Plymouth Sound, by order of Commissioner Willoughby, and there being several vessels at Plymouth bound eastward, who cannot well ply to windward, will resail to night if weather permits. 46
" 8 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to allow to Nath. Martin, boatswain's mate, and Robt. Powell, late gunner's mate of the Naseby, the pay of boatswain and gunner of a 4th-rate frigate for the time they served on board the Spanish galleon, deducting such pay as they have received for their services in the Naseby during that time. 47
" " " Navy Comrs Order for 10 men to be added to the 40 on the Red Horse pink 48
" " " " Order for a bill of imprest to John Upton for 500l., on account of some provisions to be bought by him for the navy. 49
" " Capt. Edw. Grove, Roe ketch. Adm. Com. Convoyed the vessels to Yarmouth Roads, and has since been with some from Lynn, bound for the Iceland fishery, under Capt. Thompson's convoy; had 3 vessels from the Roads for Boston and 3 for Lynn, richly laden from London, and 2 light ones from Ipswich for Burnham, which have all safely arrived at their ports. There were 30 vessels in Lynn and Boston bound for Newcastle, and 5 or 6 for Yarmouth Roads and London; if the wind keeps easterly, will go with those bound northwards; and if westerly, with those bound southwards. Asks where to revictual, as he will be out on the 16th. 50
Apr. 8 Jno. Hoxton Comr Fras. Willoughby. Desires their favour in obtaining payment of 40l. 10s. 9d. due to Jno. Mathew, late purser of the Drake, for wages, which has been stopped by the Treasurer, on account of a double ticket having been presented by mistake. He is in great necessity, and has 3 suits of law depending. 51
" " Jno. Mathew Major Robt. Thomson. Begs consideration of what he has suffered through Mr. Hutchinson, the navy treasurer, who alleged that he was turned out of the Reserve about 2 tickets; answered at Whitehall in 1653, before Sir Hen. Vane and a full committee of the Admiralty Commissioners, and was then cleared, as is proved by certificate of Capt. Rob. Clarke, then commander of the frigate. Had leave to go to London to pass his accounts for a former voyage, as purser of the Drake, and not having dispatched his business, and the ship sailing, another was put in his place. Had a warrant as steward in the Heartsease, a Dutch prize, but the Treasurer wrote from Chatham against him, caused him to lose that employment, and put in one of his friends, who has never since passed an account, whereas he has passed all his accounts. But for him the State would have been wronged by the navy contractors of 300l.; has 3 suits at law, involving 3,000l., which he cannot follow for want of the money which the Treasurer detains. 52
" " Capt. Rich. Newbery, Rochester. Robt. Blackborne. As the Gloucester will not be ready to launch till the next tide, they intend rigging her meantime; the boatswain and carpenter cannot be spared to come up for their warrants, but hopes it will not be to their prejudice. Has examined Thos. Anneley, who came from the Commissioners, and find his abilities such that he must entertain him. 53
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Preston, Yarmouth Roads. Adm. Com. Being still detained by winds, as his provisions will not hold out, desires order as to revictualling. Neither the Vulture nor Weymouth have arrived. 54
" " Capt. Robt. Sansum, the Portsmouth, Yarmouth Roads. " Reported his arrival with a fleet of London ships on 25th March, and on the 27th received order from Wm. Burton to convoy several for Hull, Tynemouth Haven, and the Frith. Set sail the 27th with them, but meeting with contrary winds and thick weather, was compelled to bear for the Roads, where he is still detained. 55
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. Navy Comrs Received their warrant for fitting the Dunbar for sea, but there is not a word about remedy in taking away her over load and adding some things needed. Mr. Callis and Capt. Badiley master of attendance, should be sent down to view and agree upon what is to be done to her. 56
" 9 Capt. Anth. Archer. Col. Jno. Clarke. Thanks for granting him the command of the frigate in the Forest; as he is about to stay with some friends near where she is being built, and it will save him the expense of a journey of 120 miles back for his commission, desires it may be made out and sealed up at once, but he not entered into pay until she is launched. 57
" " Capt. Robt. Grassingham, Harwich. Adm. Com. Particulars of ships 58
Apr. 9 Capt. Wm. Pickering, Pearl, Scarborough. Adm. Com. Having received a letter from the governor of Hull, asking for a convoy for some ships, convoyed a fleet of richly laden merchantmen belonging to Hull, bound for the East Country, as far as the Scaw, in company with Capt. Allen, and then returned to the north coast, Capt. Allen going to his station at Leith. 59
" " " Col. Robt. Clarke. To the same effect. Desires order from the Commissioners for convoying in future; hopes he will not be blamed for leaving his station on this occasion without leave. 60
" " Capt. John Taylor Blackborne. Has surveyed all the old boats about the yard, and valued them one with the other at 1l. each; as there are 36, and they are a daily charge in looking after them, they should be sold, as well as some Scotch boats and other old things. 61
" 10 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to appoint Thos. Hampton minister of the Princess Maria, for the present expedition, with the usual allowances for self and servant. 62
Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Send the examinations taken before them of Robt. Gurling, master, Christ. Thorne, boatswain, and Barth. Houlden, quarter-master, as to the loss of their ship, the William, hired by the State to carry stores to Jamaica, and taken in her passage out by a Dunkirk man-of-war off the Land's End. Think her loss was occasioned by the owners not supplying her with new sails, which were demanded before her setting forth on the voyage, or she might have outsailed her captors. 63–65
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Having no smiths about Chatham, has employed Mr. Loader to make the chains for the hulks and the Eagle; they will amount to 20 tons, besides the swivels; has agreed with him at 50s. per cwt. He has made the great anchors for the Naseby and Resolution; although they exceed the weight, desires they will pass the bill, it not being certain whether the former rates will hold. 66
" " Capt. Rich. Potter, Plymouth. Capt. Hen. Hatsell, M.P., Whitehall. Has desired the Nonsuch, at Plymouth, bound for the Downs, to take care of 25 vessels he has brought over from Morlaix, bound eastwards; and as they are very considerable, has also ordered the Griffin to go with him to the Isle of Wight; the vessel with the hemp is still at Plymouth. Intends coming in to clean and reset his masts. 67
" " Jonas Bonnar, Sapphire, Plymouth. Adm. Com. Having given his life and strength in the service, and received many wounds, whereby his strength has much failed, asks 3 or 4 months' leave of absence, to go to London and to the Bath, and will then return to his charge as master of the Sapphire, or to any other employment, as they may think most convenient. With certificate of Generals Robt. Blake and E. Montague. 68, 69
" 11 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Jno. Powell for 59l. 0s. 4d., and to Hen. Webley for 9l. 2s. 6d., disbursed by them as Admiralty messengers. 70
" " Lieut.-Col. Elton, Hull. Adm. Com. Capt. Pickering has come in for necessaries, having, with Capt. Allen, safely convoyed the Holland ships to the Scaw, Allen returning to his station. The Hull merchants have entreated Capt. Pickering to give convoy to their ships bound for London. Has drawn a bill of exchange on them for 126l. 5s. 2d., for moneys disbursed for Capt. Holland's ship, and desires it may be paid. 71
Apr. 11 Capt. Mic. Nutton, the Norwich, Leith Road. Adm. Com. Has brought in a ship from Cromartie, with cables from Inverness, and some others. Is desired by General Monk, after victualling for 6 weeks, to convoy them to Queenborough, and then return to Leith for orders. Has received 3 small guns from Jno. Hall, collector of customs at Inverness, in exchange for 3 taken out of the prize at Amsterdam, and sends receipt. Wants powder. 72, 73
" " Thos. White, and 8 other masters of ships bound for Leith. " Petition for the appointment of a convoy for their ships in the Thames, laden with merchant goods for Leith, it being dangerous to set forth without one. Noted that as Capt. Nutton is coming to Queenborough, he is to convoy these ships to Leith. 74
" 12 Benj. Brewer, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Went to Portsmouth with Mr. Tippetts and his assistant, to view the work carried on at the docks. Found it not so well as it might have been; if the North Wharf had been placed at first, and then the work to the wake of the gates, one dam would have been turned at once, and given greater security; the gates not being fit for their intended use, directed the shifting of 12 pieces of timber, at which the men took offence, and alleged he had come down to overthrow the work. Thinks, however, the work will now be completed to their satisfaction; Mr. Tippetts is supplying clay and all that is necessary. Hopes they will consider his care and charge therein. 75
" 13 Capt. Anth. Archer. Adm. Com. Desires an order for employing more bands in building the frigate in the Forest, or it will not be launched for 4 months. 76
" " Edw. Gittings Major Beck. Navy Comrs Recommends Mr. Clement for the place of carpenter on board one of the State's ships 77
" " John Greene, Deptford. Robt. Blackborne. Account of ships at Deptford preparing for sea, with the time they have been in rigging wages, and the number of men entered on each. 78
" " Capt. Phil. Holland, Assurance, Downs. Adm. Com. Has been detained by the easterly winds, but will endeavour to get in his water and ballast, and an able man, and sail the first opportunity. 79
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Preston, the Roads. " Is ready to take in a month's provisions, the weather being fair; was informed by Major Burton they intended sending someone to release him while victualling. 80
" 14 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to appoint boatswains to the 6 small vessels building at Deptford, Woolwich, and Chatham, and send their names, that orders may be signed for settling them on the vessels. 81
" " " " Order for bills of imprest to Capt. Edw. Allen, cashier to the Victualling Office, for 3,500l. a week for two weeks, from the determination of the last order for 3,000l. a week for 4 weeks to Capt. Thos. Alderne, for carrying on the victualling affairs, on orders from Majors Thomson and Bourne and Mr. Willoughby. 82
" " Capt. John Baskett, Spithead. Adm. Com. Remained with General Blake a week, but the Phœnix being much disabled, was ordered home with her; having but 6 weeks' victuals, desires order to revictual, wash, and tallow. 83
Apr. 14 John Browne, Harwich. Navy Comrs The Tiger, Elizabeth, and Fame having come in requiring boats, wants some sent down; will supply other necessaries. 84
" " Capt. Robt. Colman, Elizabeth, Harwich. Adm. Com. Has come in from Harwich as ordered, and Messrs. Grassingham and Browne have promised their assistance in getting his frigate tallowed this tide, which being done, and his provisions on board, he will hasten to his station. 85
" " Capt. J. Grymesditch, Princess Maria, Margate Road. " Sailed from the Hope to the buoy of the Nore, and waited for the Exchange, but she not arriving, made for Margate Roads, and will stay for her. 86
" " Officers of the Sapphire frigate. " Examinations of Jonas Bonnar, master, and the other officers, taken before a Council of War held on board the Gainsborough, as to the embezzlement of stores by Robt. Ware, master's mate, and Peter Reeves, boatswain; as also as to libellous words spoken against Capt. Clay by Alex. Taprell, the surgeon. With the sentence of the Court that Ware be put into the bilboes, ducked 3 times, and then carried on shore to Plymouth by a guard, and conducted through the town with a drum beating before him, and a paper upon his hat, signifying his offence, and then discharged with a fair ticket for his pay while on board; that Taprell be ducked and cashiered, and left to Capt. Clay whether he shall have a ticket for his pay or not; that Reeves be dismissed the service, and his ticket for his pay withheld until he has perfected his accounts; and that Bonnar, in regard of his age and infirmities, be discharged and allowed to go to London, according to his own request made to the Council while sitting, which is annexed. 87, 88
" " Ordnance officers " Certified that 153 barrels of unserviceable powder were delivered to Geo. Bowerman, at 21 barrels to the score, whereby he became chargeable, after waste deducted, for 145 barrels, for which he was to have 17s. a barrel when returned good, amounting to 123l. 10s. 11d.; but, as he has as yet only delivered a portion, there is only 59l. 12s. 1d. due to him. 89
" " Capt. Wm. Pickering, Humber. " Intended furnishing himself with wood and water at Scarborough or Bridlington, but the wind continuing easterly, was forced into the Humber. Has been directed by the governor of Hull to convoy some ships for London, and will do so when the weather permits, and ply upon his station meanwhile. 90
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor " Recommends Joseph Riggs for the command of one of the new frigates building at Chatham. They will be launched next week, and may soon sail, if commanders and men are appointed. 91
" " Jos. Riggs " Petition to be employed on one of the said frigates; has served 6 years as master of vessels trading to Guernsey, Jersey, and the West country. With certificate of John Browne in his favour. 92
Apr. 15 Vice-Adm. Rich. Badiley, Wapping. [Adm. Comrs.] Not being well enough to attend them, sends his thoughts in writing. As to the pains taken by Thos. Thorne in translating Spanish letters, manifests, and bills of lading, in his last voyage, cannot judge of labour of that kind, but thinks the least he ought to have is 20 marks. With order by the Admiralty Commissioners for a bill to be drawn accordingly. 23 April. 93, 94
" " Col. W. Sydenham Col. Clarke. Begs his endeavours to get Mr. Rawlins employed as captain of a small vessel, or master of a large ship. 95
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor [Adm. Com.] Account of timber required for the stores at Chatham from Dean Forest 96
" " Capt. Jno. Tippetts, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. The Phoenix and Wakefield having arrived at Spithead, desires order as to their coming in to be cleaned and repaired. Capt. Whitstone has gone for London. 97
" 16 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order to pay off the officers and company of the Pembroke, reserving 3 months in hand 98
" " " Navy Comrs Order for the speedy refitting the Pembroke at Woolwich, and victualling her for 3 months, for service in the Channel. 99
" " Capt. Fras. Allen, Advice. Leith Road. Adm. Com. Convoyed the Eastland ships belonging to Hull and Newcastle as far as the Scaw, as also some from the Frith for the Sound, and is now waiting for those coming over. Asks where to clean and victual, having been off the ground since last Dec.; cannot do it at Leith without danger, the ground being so infirm that it will break the timbers. On the last occasion after cleaning there, had to go to Chatham to stop some leaks. Has written to his friend to pay the 30l. to Robt. Blackborne for Mistress Burrows, and will dispose of what else is on board belonging to her husband as they shall order. 100
" " Capt. Wm. Badiley Navy Comrs Recommends Robt. Colman and Thos. King as boatswains in the new frigates building at Woolwich. 101
" " Capt. Robt. Grassingham, Harwich. Adm. Com. Repair of ships 102
" " Capt. J. Grymes ditch, Princess Maria, Downs. " Has arrived with the Exchange in the Downs, and the first fair wind will sail southward 103
" " Capt. Edm. Thomson, Expedition, Yarmouth Roads. " Will sail this tide as convoy to the Iceland fleet 104
" 17 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to appoint carpenters to six small vessels named, building at Deptford, Woolwich, and Chatham, and send a note of their names, so that their orders may be signed. With notes of the men appointed. 105
Apr. 17 Capt. Dan. Baker, Lizard frigate. Adm. Com. After prosecuting his Excellency's order at Kinsale, received a letter from Gen. Penn's lady to transport her to Bristol; but the wind continuing easterly, was detained there until the arrival of the Basing, and her ladyship resolved to go in her. Proceeded to his station between Padstow and the Crow, and remained there until forced into the harbour by the weather. Will return to his station. 106
" " Capt. Wm. Godfrey, Marmaduke, Kinsale. " Fitted his ship with sails, &c., and a month's provisions, hoping ere this to have been in the Downs, but the wind having continued easterly the last fortnight, must take in another month's victuals. The Adam and Eve, commanded by Capt. Coppen, arrived after loss of her rudder and many other difficulties, and desired assistance; has advanced Capt. Coppen 15l., and engaged for his necessaries. 107
" " Capt. N. Heaton, Plymouth. Robt. Blackborne. When last at sea, ranged 70 leagues to the westward, and then plied across the Channel, but did not meet with a chase. Examined the officers and company of the Sapphire, as ordered, which took up the whole day and a greater part of the night, although he called to his assistance several officers. The surgeon and one of the master's mates were judged to be ducked, &c., for many miscarriages; the boatswain was thought unfit to be continued any longer, as he could give no account of his stores, and had not posted them for 4 years, and it was found that a cable, hawser, mainsail, &c., were wanting, besides his breach of orders and commands. The master is also displaced (although he made a request for 3 months' absence, through age and infirmity) on account of his loose carriage in suffering the officers and company to abuse each other. Was commanded to send up the examinations in full, but if they had been taken with all the circumstances, many sheets of paper must have been used. Has put in the master of the Fagons as master on board the Sapphire, and Abr. Potter, boatswain of the Griffin, as boatswain; if approved, desires their warrants. Will dispose of the ships in port so that they may protect trade and annoy the enemy. There is much foul weather, and the wind is still southerly. 108
" " Capt. Thos. Marryott, Limehouse. Adm. Com. Asks payment of the wages due to him while in the Dunbar, being in great distress, and much pressed by his creditors. Hopes to be able to give them satisfaction as to the gunner having received the 10 barrels of powder from Mr. Powell at Bristol; it was brought on board the Discovery in her long boat. Could not go to trial with his action last term for want of money, and unless they stand his friends, nothing will be done this term. 109
" " Wm. Pulmer, Elmstead. Major-Gen. Thos. Kelsey. In order to his kindness offered, has prepared the enclosed letter for his friend at the Admiralty, who has some interest at Coventry; as Mr. Lisle, of Coventry, to whom it is to be sent, is a stranger to him, desires he will get it signed. Called at his lodgings in London, but heard he was gone to the Parliament, and was glad to find he was in a condition to walk abroad; hopes, at his leisure, he will avail himself of the Elmstead air, where the singing of the birds will add something to the removal of anything that ill afflicts him, besides the free welcome he will receive. 110
" " Navy Comrs. Adm. Com. Desire the warrants sent down for boatswains named appointed for the 2 small vessels building at Chatham, the 2 at Woolwich, and 2 at Deptford. 111
Apr. 17 Ordnance officers Adm. Com. The gunners of the State's ships have long been supplied with large quantities of canvas, paper, needles, thread, &c., for making and fitting up cartridges for the guns on board their ships when at sea, and have, on their return, under pretence of some small expenditure thereof, converted a great part to their own use, whereby the State has been considerably abused in their stores, and the ordnance officers bereft of any clear way of reconciling or putting a sufficient check upon such accounts. As they cost the State between 13 and 1400l. a year, have resolved from henceforth to deliver out cartridges ready made, according to the number of guns borne by each ship, whereby the State will save the charge of paper, which at sea grows spongy and rotten, as also the charge of starch, needles, and thread, amounting to 600l. a year. Have contracted with Danl. Prigg to deliver as many cartridges as required by 24th June next, at from 3d. to 4d. each, but the certain number and the time should be ascertained; the contractor craves a settlement of the business for 3 years, and this is reasonable, as the commodity made will be fit for no other use. 112
" " " " " As they have not sufficient guns to furnish the 8 small vessels on the stocks, which will be launched in a few days, desire order to purchase them; the cost will not exceed 100l., there being a few in the stores, as also 2 brass 3-pounders in the custody of Commissary Knight at Windsor Castle, which were brought from Wallingford. 113
" " Capt. Robt. Sanders, Torrington, Tilbury Hope. " Having careened, got his powder on board, and increased his company from 130 to 150, wishes the wind would change westerly, so as to bring a fleet of colliers down, when he would make for the Downs. 114
" " Thos. Scott, Deptford. " Recommends Edw. Whallesbye for a boatswain's place in one of 2 small frigates building at Deptford, he having been rigging ships for the last 5 years. 115
" " Wm. Watts " Petition for an order for payment of the balance of the freight due on contract for the hire of the William, of which he is owner, to carry provisions to Jamaica at 4l. 10s. a ton, amounting to 1,291l. 3s. 2d., and of which he has received 488l. 1s. 7d., and might have received the remainder had the convoy appointed him by the State performed their part. The Bristol was appointed in the first instance to go as convoy, but after waiting for her 5 weeks, the commander-in-chief called her off to other service on the coast of Spain; the Fagon was then ordered to convoy him, but she having only just come in from sea, and her men not paid off, she only convoyed the William 80 leagues from the Land's End, and then left her, although they fell foul of a manof war the night before; 2 hours after the Fagon had left, a Dunkirker came up, and although they resisted until next day, the William was overcome and carried to Dunkirk. Has performed his part, and the failure has been on the other side, but out of modesty and honour to the State, has not hitherto importuned for the remainder of the freight, which, with the loss of his vessel, will amount to 1,500l. With affidavits of Robt. Gurling, commander, and Thos. Drury, master's mate of the William, attributing her loss to the causes before described; as also of Jno. Harris, sailmaker, of Tower Wharf, London, that he supplied her with sufficient sails for a much longer voyage. 116–119
Apr. 17 Comr. F. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Sends a survey by Fras. Lucas, Wm. Beard, and Thos. Rowly, of the defects of the Mathias, just arrived from Jamaica with Vice-Adm. Goodson, who is ill. She left the island 11 weeks since, and the inhabitants were then in good health. As she is in a very bad condition, and her men weak, will order her into harbour, and if they will signify their pleasure as to paying them, the money in hand for the yard may suffice. Will hasten out the Phoenix and Wakefield. 120, 121
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" 18 Capt. Fras. Parke, Portsmouth. " Has just arrived from Jamaica with Adm. Goodson, after great difficulties, and has been ordered by Comr. Willoughby to bring his ship into harbour. 1
" " Aug. Aldridge, Lydney, Dean Forest. Navy Comrs Hopes they received his letter with Major Wade's certificate, and will let him have some money and orders; will else be blamed for neglect in the felling, converting, and shipping timber, when he is free from it. 2
" " Capt. Jno. Baskett, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Has come in from Spithead to refit, and will then proceed to his station, and as there are several vessels bound for the west who desire a convoy, will take them with him. 3
" " Manley Callis, Jonas Shish, Deptford. " Recommend Edw. Cheseman as master carpenter in either of the small frigates building at Deptford; he was carpenter's mate in the James, under Gen. Blake, in the engagements against the Hollanders, as also in the Paradox and Nicodemus, and has been lately employed in the yard at Deptford. 4
" " " " " Recommend William Rumney, who served in the Wren pink, as also in the yard at Deptford, for similar employment. 5
" " Capt. Rich. Hodges, the Basing. " After convoying the Plain Dealing on her way to Jamaica, put into Kinsale to water, transported General Penn's lady from Ireland, and will now return to his station and call at Milford for orders. Has not met with any pickeroons, but expects them daily, it being the time of year for them to be abroad. 6
" " Christ. Pett, and 2 others. " Recommend Oliver Jarvis as carpenter in one of the small vessels building at Woolwich, he having served as carpenter's mate in the Worcester and Waterhound. 7
" " Christ. Pett, Saml. Raven. " Recommend Wm. Wright for similar employment, he having served the State 12 years 8
" " Thos. Rabenett, and 3 others. " Recommend Thos. Attawell as boatswain in one of the new ketches built by Capt. Taylor, he having served the State 14 years, and been in several engagements with the Hollanders. With certificate of Capt. Robt. Saunders. 9, 10
" " " " " Recommend Thos. Saywell for similar employment, he having served in the Nonsuch and in the engagements against the Dutch. 11
Apr. 18 Capt. Robt. Sansum, the Portsmouth, Scarborough. Adm. Com. Sailed from Yarmouth Roads with the Amity and several ships for Hull and the Firth; the wind turning easterly, ordered Capt. Packe to take charge of the Hull ships, and see them to the Humber, and then ply on his station; sailed himself with those for the Firth; and then returned to his station, when he again met the Amity. Has had many applications from the merchants and masters of Hull to convoy their ships trading between there and the Thames, but having no order, would not do it. Having many sick men on board, put several of them on shore at Scarborough, where they have been entertained, but the town now refuse to take any more, either from him or Capt. Packe; desires order may be given to have some respect to men in such a condition. 12
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " The Phoenix and Wakefield have come in for repairs. Vice-Admiral Goodson has gone for London. Would like to know how the great business passes between Westminster and Whitehall. 13
" 19 Capt. Thos. Large, Lark, Spithead. " Proceeded to his station as ordered, and after cruising about, chased a small frigate, which made for Guernsey, where he came up with her, and found she was bound for St. Malo; as he could not return on account of a storm, put into Guernsey. Hearing that Capt. Shelley of the Guinea was at St. Malo, convoyed some vessels bound there, and was then ordered by him to convoy over several vessels bound for English ports as far as Guernsey, and he would join them at Jersey. After waiting for him 9 days, received a certificate of 4 merchants and 10 masters of 18 ships brought over, as to the loss and inconvenience they had sustained by waiting for Capt. Shelley, and they agreed to accept the Lark as a sufficient convoy, and to be bound by his orders and directions; saw them safe to their several ports. There are 3 at Spithead, bound for London, waiting for a convoy, but having spent his main topmast in chasing a vessel, will not be ready to sail before to-morrow. 14, 15
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, Preston, at Sea, amongst the Fishery. " Capt. Curle, of the Sparrow, having been taken ill, resolved to go on shore at Newcastle or Leith, and to leave his master in charge of the pink, but having slightly recovered, he is still with the fishery; hopes he will continue, as he will be very active. Left an anchor and part of a cable behind near Yarmouth; has sent an account thereof to Mr. Burton. 16
" 20 Capt. Ben. Blake, Chatham. Robt. Blackborne. The Dunbar being launched, will use all expedition to get in her ballast and provisions; the purser has gone to London to hasten them down. Wants a chaplain and a fresh warrant for his lieutenant, and if a ketch is to be allowed, would like Mr. Parker's. 17
" " Capt. Robt. Colman and 3 others, the Elizabeth, Harwich. Adm. Com. Being in want of a chaplain recommend Phil. Peck, late of the Fame, having had some experience of him, as one of sound doctrine and a godly life. 18
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. " Will launch the 2 small vessels to-morrow, and name them as ordered. Recommends Oliver Jarvis and Wm. Right for the place of carpenters. 18a
Apr. 20 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. Has launched the 2 little vessels built by Capt. Taylor, as also the Dunbar and Gloucester; as they will soon be rigged, desires their victuals may be sent down, as also their names. Wants orders as to appointing carpenters and gunners, and a warrant touching the Scotch boats. 19
" " " " " To the same effect. Sends some papers relating to the boatswain, gunner, and carpenter of the Gloucester, and desires their warrants may be renewed and sent down. With certificate by Capt. Ben. Blake for Rich. Leake as gunner. 20, 21
" " Thos. Russell " Petition for the command of one of the new ships building at Deptford, or any other bound for the West Indies. With certificate by Capt. Robt. Martin. 22, 23
" " Capt. John Taylor, Chatham. " Has launched the 2 small frigates, and desires their names, as also warrants for their carpenters. They will be ready to sail as soon as fitted with men and meat. 24
" " " " Navy Comrs Has launched the Dunbar and the 2 new vessels, and if the same haste is made by others to fit and victual them, they may go to sea next Friday. Asks when the victuals will be down, as they have yet to be tallowed. 25
" " Thos. Turner Note of the appointment of carpenters for 4 ships 26
" " Capt. Fras. Wiloughby, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Is in hand with the tallowing of the Wakefield, and will give order for her victualling. The Lark has arrived with several vessels from St. Malo, laden with linen and hemp for the stores at London, where Noyals canvas is much wanted, and the Wakefield can convoy them to the Downs if ordered; being rich, they are unwilling to sail without a convoy. Money is much wanted to pay for the keep of prisoners, to defray bills for cordage, and for carrying some plate to London; is much solicited for money, as he agreed to pay within 3 months and it is now 5; hopes they will not let the State's and his own credit suffer, it being good husbandry to draw trade to Portsmouth as much as may be. Has bought 20 tons of French hemp at 39s. per cwt., and having the offer of 10 tons of cordage, half rise hemp and the other half Flemish yarn at 44s., desires order as to purchasing it. Will pay off the Mathias, which is in harbour, to-morrow. 27
" 21 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to place gunners and cooks on the small vessels lately built at Chatham, Deptford, and Woolwich, and return their names, that their warrants may be made out. With note of 3 cooks having already been appointed. 28
" " " " Order for bills of imprest to Capt. Edw. Allen, cashier to the victualling office, for 3,000l. a week for 2 weeks, to commence after the last order, to be issued by him for carrying on the victualing affairs, according to orders from Majors Thomson and Bourne and Mr. Willoughby. 29
" " " " Order for a bill for 100l., to be divided equally between Lieut.-Col. Fras. White, Major John Miller, and Capt. Edw. Allen, for their trouble in making a survey of all the ordnance, ammunition, &c., in the ordnance stores, and for returning an account thereof upon parchment, under their respective hands and seals. 30
Apr. 21 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs and Treasurer. Order for paying the wages due to the officers and company of the Mathias, lately returned from the West Indies. 31
" " Capt. Robt. Colman, Elizabeth, Harwich. Navy Comrs While going to Iceland to convoy home the fleet, boarded a Hollander bound from Lynn to Rotterdam, and finding 300l. worth of prohibited tallow, and divers other goods not mentioned in the cocket, sent her to Yarmouth. The merchants at Norwich and Lynn, taking advantage of his absence, cleared all their barrels of tallow as decayed butter, as also other goods not mentioned in their cockets, and also charged some of his company with stealing some stockings of the value of 100l., and upon his coming home, they arrested him for it, notwithstanding his innocence, being absent. Having found out some of the plunderers, desires that the pay due to them upon their tickets may be stopped for his use, so that justice may be done, and some of the burden taken from off his shoulders. 32
" " Lieut.-Col. Rich. Elton, Hull. Adm. Com. Sends the petition of John Hide, late master of the Jonas of Hull. There are 13 ships at the mouth of the Humber, bound for Holland or London. Capt. Pickering will convoy the latter to the Thames with the first wind. With the petition of Hide and others, stating that while on a voyage from Newcastle to Rotterdam, they were taken by an Ostend man-of-war, and carried to Ostend, where they are now confined close prisoners, suffering great straits and very hard usage, and as there are several Ostend prisoners in London, they beg their enlargement by exchange. 33, 34
" " Capt. Wm. Pickering, Pearl, Grimsby Road. " Has been plying on his station, and convoyed 80 sail of colliers to Yarmouth Roads, and a fleet to the northwards. Having received notice from the governor of Hull to convoy 13 merchantmen bound to London with lead, &c., is riding with them in Grimsby Road, and will sail with the first wind. 35
" " Com. Peter Pett. Chatham. Thos. Turner. As there was a mistake in the name of the surgeon of the Satisfaction, returns the bill for 30s., and desires another for Edw. Robinson, who so served for 6 months. 36
" " Capt. Rich. Potter, Plymouth. Capt. Hen. Hatsell. Has tallowed and got in his masts, and hopes to sail next week. Desires a warrant for his minister, who is a good man, but has been much maligned. 37
" " Capt. Gab. Sanders, Tiger, Harwich. Adm. Com. Has tallowed and mounted his guns, and if his provisions arrive from Ipswich, will sail to his former station in 3 days. 38
" 22 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to hire a ketch to attend the London in her present expedition 39
" " Capt. J. Grymsditch, Princess Maria, Downs. [Adm. Comrs.] Will sail with the Exchange the next tide, but without his purser, he being detained passing his accounts with Mr. Sprigg, although he had given constant attendance for some time. 40
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson the Preston, off Orkney Island. " Is still attending the fishing fleet, with the Sparrow, whose captain has been sick ever since he came out; there has been very bad fishing. 41
Apr. 22 Capt. Thos. Wright, Fame, Harwich Water. [Adm. Comrs.] Those at Landguard Fort refuse to exchange his 15 barrels of decayed powder without order, and allege that what they have is no better, having been there ever since the wars with the Dutch. Having taken in most of his provisions, will return to his station. 42
" 23 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for a bill to Major Nehemiah Bourne for 400l., on account of the salary of his brother, Rear-Adm. John Bourne, now with the fleet on the coast of Spain. 43
" " Capt. Peter Bowen, Mayflower, Milford Haven. Adm. Com. Has been plying about his station off the Land's End. Convoyed the vessel with the Countess of Cork to Milford Haven, has cleaned and victualled, and will now return to his station. 44
" " Capt. Rich. Country, Hind ketch, Lee. " Has been plying on his station, and convoying vessels to Yarmouth and the Thames. Desires a supply of tickets, having used all he had for sick men and other accidents. 45
" " Capt. Robt. Duck, Hunter, off Lee. " Has convoyed several vessels down the Swinn, as also for Yarmouth, Lynn, Hull, and London, and been plying on his station with Capt. Country. Having but 5 days' provisions left, will wait at Harwich for orders. 46
" " Capt. Robt. Crassingham, Harwich. " The Elizabeth and 3 others are tallowed and taking in their provisions, and will soon be ready for sea. 47
" " Capt. Robt. Mackey, the Yarmouth, Downs. " Sent an account as to how the prisoners were disposed of; will return to his station to-day. Has received several other letters from the seamen, since the Commissioners have been in the Downs, and has sent them to Capt. Whitehorne. 48
" " Capt. Thos. Marryott, Limehouse. " Hopes they will consider his sad condition and order payment of his wages, stopped for some cause by the treasurer. Has neither money nor credit, owes 16l. for rent, and cannot prosecute his suit at law for lack of money. Did not embezzle any powder; Thos. Shewell, late boatswain of the Discovery, knows that the gunner of that ship had 10 barrels, and as Shewell is now staying in London, he would affirm as much, although not swear to it, as he has lately turned a Quaker. With note by Rich. Tyler, undertaking to deliver to Capt. Marryott any wages he may receive from the treasurer on his behalf, after deducting what is due to him on his bond. 49, 50
" " Capt. Wm. Pickering, Pearl, Alfordness. " Convoyed 16 merchantmen bound for France and London from Hull to the Ness, by order of the governor of Hull, and is now plying to his stanon. 51
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorne, Essex, Downs. Navy Comrs Apologises for not giving an account earlier of the distribution of a quantity of stores sent down. All our frigates on the other side are in good plight, but little action there. 52
" " " " Robt. Blackborne. Desires he will deliver letters enclosed for the Admiralty Commissioners and Capt. Desborow, the latter relating to the disposal of some Spanish letters received from Capt. Mackey. 53
Apr. 23 Capt. Giles Shelley, Guinea, Spithead. Adm. Com. Convoyed 18 small vessels of Southampton from Cowes Road to Guernsey, and while Dr. Cartwright was preparing, went with some bound for St. Malo, and lay off there and at Cape Feroll for several days, returning in company with the Lark and several merchantmen. Hears from Capt. Lardge that Dr. Cartwright and his family sailed during his absence and safely arrived. 54
" 24 " " " Has been convoying vessels from Hampton to Guernsey, Jersey, and St. Malo. While lying off that town, was importuned by some masters of ships to give them convoy, but the Lark being also there, bound for Guernsey, advised them to keep her company there, and when he had been to Jersey, he would call for them, which he did, but they had sailed three days before. It is common with some masters, if you do not throw aside all other orders and comply with their sudden desires, to write and speak evil of men in his place; Dr. Cartwright can give a further account of that business. 55
" " Robt. Blackborne Thos. Turner. Recommends Meredith Price for a cook's place, as he has long attended upon the Admiralty Commissioners to obtain one. 56
" " Capt. Rich. Cowes, Paradox, Dublin Bay. Adm. Com. Convoyed a vessel from Limerick to Galway, and then to Kinsale, where he tallowed and victualled; then took in Justice Cook at Duncannon, and transported him to Minehead. Desires order to go to Plymouth or Milford for a new mast. 57
" " Capt. Wm. Godfrey, Marmaduke, Spithead. " Coming from Kinsale, met Capts. Wise and Clapp in the Channel, with two merchantmen from Smyrna, laden with silks and yarns, valued at 160,000l., and as they put themselves under his protection, will see them safe to the Downs. Supplied the Adam and Eve at Ireland with some necessaries; as his own ship is very defective, desires order to go into dock. 58
" " Capt. Godfry Reader, Eaglet ketch, Blackwall. " Has brought the Spanish prize from the Downs, and having 26 prisoners on board, desires order how to dispose of them. With lists by Hen. Champlyn, marshall, of 139 prisoners, chiefly foreign, in the castle at Plymouth. 59–61
" " Capt. Edm. Thomson, Expedition, Dirt Sound, Floss of Orkney. " Has safely arrived with 54 fishing boats from the Yarmouth Roads and Wells, and being now free from the greatest danger, has discharged Capt. Wilkinson, of the Weymouth, who is taking in guns for Leith. 62
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby; Portsmouth. " The Marmaduke having arrived with two ships of great value from Smyrna, and being defective, desires order as to docking her; will want money to pay her off. Has paid the Mathias, and if money comes down this week, will pay the yard. Being solicited by 20 or 30 masters of small vessels bound westward to appoint a convoy to attend them, as the Guinea and Capt. Lardge are going out, will appoint one of them, and the Wakefield to go to the Downs. 63
Apr. 25 Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. Adm. Com. Sends an account by John Tippetts of work executed on the Phoenix, as also of other work in hand. Directed Capts. Baskett or Taylor to convoy all the St. Malo ships to the Downs, and Capt. Lardge to convoy 40 others bound westward as far as Plymouth. Was in hopes of a supply of money by the wagons, to pay off the yard, so that the clerks might have gone home. Will endeavour to procure some cordage, but the last he agreed to pay for at 3 months has now been owing 5; it is better to give 43s. per cwt. at Portsmouth than 44s. elsewhere, and the State to be at the charge of freights to that place. As there was 300l. imprested for the dock 6 weeks since and nothing yet paid, the man is under great discouragement, and may throw up the bargain; desires he may have it next week, so that the credit of the officers may not further suffer. There is great need for the erection of a house to tar yarn, as at other ropeyards, the present one being too little and dangerous. It was estimated to oost 220l.; desires order may be given for it, or the great charge they have been at about the rope field will be as thrown away. With order from the Admiralty Commissioners for its building, 28 April. 64–66
" " Capt. Jas. Strutt, Half Moon, Hastings. " Arrived opposite Rye and Hastings on the 23rd instant, and gave notice thereof. Has only found 21 mackarel fishermen, as those of Brighthelmston are gone to fish at the North Foreland, and there are none about Newhaven or Pevensey. Has not heard of or seen any Dunkirk men-of-war. 67
" " Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order for supplying 6 ships named, of 6 guns and 40 men each, with 6 weeks' provisions, or as much thereof as they can take in. 68
" " Capt. J. Grymesditch, Princess Maria, Plymouth Sound. Adm. Com. Sailed from the Downs on the 23rd with the Exchange, but the wind having shortened, has put into the Sound to change an anchor, which is too light, and to receive some carpenters and gunners' stores left behind at Woolwich. 69
" " Capt. Rich. Haddock, Dragon, Nore. " Sailed out of the River Elbe on the 19th inst., with 15 vessels bound for England, 10 of which parted company northwards of the Vlie for Hull and Newcastle; has now arrived with the remainder, two of which are laden by Mr. Cambridge with hemp and tar for the State. 70
" " Capt. Rich. Newbery, Rochester. Robt. Blackborne. Has refitted, is ready to take in the beer, and will endeavour to be in the Hope next week. Having only 60 men, good and bad, wants a press warrant sent to Commissioner Pett, as men are not to be got by invitation. There is something against Mr. Leake, his gunner; begs favor for him, as he is a civil and able man; but if he is dismissed, hopes John Morgan, late lieutenant of the Dover, and now a reformado there, may have the place; he was gunner of the Laurel and Susan. 71
Apr. 25 Capt. Hen. Powell, Portland, the Lap. Adm. Com. Convoyed several vessels from Harwich to the Yarmouth Roads, and then sent a letter on shore to Mr. Burton, respecting the Star. Resailed with her and 49 others bound for Norway, where most of them got into harbour, but himself and the Zaphania, bound for the Eastland, were forced into the Port of Marda. After being detained several days, sailed with Mr. Parker, and has now come to anchor in the Lap. Has no news what ships will be ready in the Sound for his convoy homeward, but expects to hear when there, and those he brought over expect him to see them back. 72
" 26 Capt. Robt. Sanders, Torrington, Downs. " Was long delayed in Tilbury Hope and at Longsand Head by contrary winds, but is now ready to follow orders, being fully manned. 73
" " Capt. Gabriel Sanders, Tiger, Harwich. " Will follow their orders as soon as he is dispatched by the victualler; wants beer and water casks, and the hoy with the powder for all the frigates has not yet arrived. Perceiving they have been informed of the miscarriages of some of his men at Ipswich, arising from the badness of the bread and beer, sends two papers he received from them thereon, by which it will be seen that, upon arriving at Harwich, 3 of his company, together with the quarter-master, went to the victualler to complain, who thereupon sent for the baker and the brewer, and made it appear that he paid 12s. a cwt. for the bread and 1l. 12s. 0d. a tun for the beer. The victualler and brewer were very civil, but the baker called them mutinous rogues, said that it was too good for them or their betters, and that if they were at Jamaica, they would be glad of the worst bit of it, and should have worse next time. On their return to the ship, they and the rest of the company were so exasperated that next day 40 of them, unknown to him, went to the baker, and he being out, they committed some disorders, for which they shall be punished, although he cannot blame them for their just complaints. Had their Honors seen and tasted the bread and beer, they would have considered it not fit to eat or drink; never saw worse sent to sea, as will be proved by Capts. Wright and Sansum, and other commanders, who victualled at that place; 1 cwt. of bread received at London, Portsmouth, or Plymouth, is better than 2 cwt. here, and the like of the beer. 74–76
" 27 Capt. Danl. Baker, Ipswich. " Has delivered up the Morning Star of Amsterdam, as also all the Spanish papers and writings found to the Sub-commissioners, Hen. White and Capt. Gething. Could not get anyone on board to admit they had any Spanish goods, or had any interest therein, or that the value was above 16,000 dollars, but the Spanish bill of lading and other writings found hid in the gun room contradicted them. 77
" " John Brown, Robt. Grassingham, Harwich. Navy Comrs Arranged with Robt. Keeble and Thos. Gylls for discovery of the wreck, and they have been successful, having buoyed her anchor, and have hopes of recovering her cables, guns, and shot. Capt. Country being in the Rolling grounds, have desired him to assist them; have sent up Gylls for the Dover hoy. 78
Apr. 27 J. Dickinson, Mayor of York. John Clarke, Navy Comr Sends a letter from Ostend, desiring the exchange of Capt. Nich. Cartone and his two boys, and 4 other natives of Ostend, who were taken prisoners at sea and are confined in York Castle, for Joseph, Jeremy, and Thos. Waller, Thos. Moore, and Wm. Pinchback, who were taken in a collier belonging to Boston, and are confined in Ostend. Our men were Boston colliers, and by the loss of their ship and goods, valued at 1000l., will be ruined; hopes he will endeavour to procure their release. 79, 80
" " Capt. N. Heaton, Plymouth. Robt. Blackborne. Received the press warrant, and will do his best. Sends the examinations respecting the purser of the Sorlings; thinks the worst gaol keeper in London had a better life than Capt. Clay had while at sea, and his surgeon, instead of cordials, made use of corrosives, by carrying tales from man to man, yet so that his captain could charge him with nothing; he denied all, until honest men upon oath made his villany appear to his face. Wishes the [Barber surgeons'] Hall had forborne to put such into the State's service. Particulars of ships. 81
" " Ordnance officers Navy Comrs Have appointed two of their clerks to peruse the accounts, with reference to the charge of guns lately received from Jamaica. 82
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " The Nonsuch has arrived; will give her all possible dispatch; the Wakefield has sailed for the Downs. 83
" 28 Adm. Com. " Order for a bill of imprest to Major Wm. Burton for 500l., on account for his contract for cordage. 84
" " " " Order for a bill of imprest to Capt. Edw. Allen for 1,000l., and another for 3,000l., for victualling. 85
" " Capt. Jno. Baskett, Wakefield, Downs. Adm. Com. Has safely arrived from Portsmouth with 14 ships under convoy, and will apply to Capt. Whitehorne for orders. 86
" " James Blackborne, Deputy Comptroller, Plymouth. Inventory of a man-of-war called The Three Kings, commanded by Capt. Jas. Smith, taken by Capt. Rob. Clay, of the Sapphire, and brought into Plymouth. 87
" " Capt. Robt. Clay, Sapphire, Plymouth Sound. Robt. Blackborne. Being straightened for time, must refer him to Capt. Hatsell for account of his proceedings since he last sailed, as also of the taking of Capt. Smith and Meldrum in a new frigate, which he has now brought in. 88
" " Capt. Robt. Colman, Elizabeth, Harwich. Adm. Com. Will sail to the commander-in-chief in the Downs as ordered, as soon as his long boat and powder arrive. 89
" " Jas. Disbrowe, S. Clarke, Prize Office, Coleman St., London. " Recommend a warehousekeeper at 30l. per annum, and 4 watchmen at 1s. a night and 1d. each for a candle, in the room of others dismissed for negligence. 90
Apr. 28 Lieut.-Col. Elton, Hull. Robt. Blackborne. Gave the Admiralty Commissioners' order to the poor women whose husbands are prisoners in Dunkirk, and is desired to thank them for their kindness in giving them relief. 91
" " Capt. Rich. Haddock, Dragon, Nore. Adm. Com. Will sail to the commander-in-chief in the Downs as soon as the pilot comes on board 92
" " Capt. Wm. Ledgant, Elias, Hope. " Sailed from Woolwich to-day, but wanting nearly 100 men, was forced to anchor in the Hope; has sent out two boats to press all they can, so as to carry him to the Downs. 93
" " Capt. J. Lightfoot, Nightingale, Yarmouth Roads. " Convoyed a Bristol ship from Virginia bound for Rotterdam to the Brill, by order of Capt. Sparling, and brought back 18 sail that had lain there a fortnight for a convoy, 4 being laden with cordage on the State's account; is returning to Ostend. 94
" " Christ. Pett and 3 others, Woolwich. Robt. Blackborne. Bird, a bricklayer, is a suitor to the Admiralty Commissioners to be master bricklayer at Woolwich yard; it would be prejudicial to the service, as he is much given to idleness. Besides this, the master bricklayer of Deptford yard, by virtue of his warrant, claims a right to the place, and his instrument has acted under him there for several years; if another is to be appointed, he would be the most fit, they having had long experience of his abilities and care. 95
" " List of 88 Spanish prisoners taken in the Virgin Mary, and delivered into the custody of the marshal-general of Chelsea College. 96
" " Capt. Jno. Woolters, Nonsuch, Portsmouth. Robt. Blackborne. Has come in from the Downs with several ships under convoy to clean, and had hopes he should have been sent to Chatham. Thanks the Commissioners for removing his evil-minded purser. 97
" 29 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to receive the accounts of Vice-Adm. Wm. Goodson for all moneys and prizes come to his hands, or issued by him for contingencies, short allowance to mariners, &c., and to state and adjust them. 98
" " Capt. Ri. Kingdon Col. Jno. Clarke. Sends a letter from the Commissioners of Prizes; is going on board the prize to morrow to see her unladen. Capt. Mackey sent a small prize into Yarmouth; probably many of the goods mentioned in the deposition may be in her; if search were carefully made in that vessel and in the house of Capt. Mackey, and if the persons who brought her to Yarmouth, or others concerned were examined, much of the goods might be found. It is said by other depositions that there was gold and silver shipped in this vessel to the value of 20,000l., and it is a pity unfaithfulness should bereave his Highness of what Providence seasonably gives him. 99
" " Jno. Packwood, Woolwich. Major Nehemiah Bourne, Navy Comr Sends the names of the officers entered in the 2 new frigates lately built at Woolwich; recommends Stephen Turner as cook for the Sampson. 100
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Desires order to contract for Mr. Norwood's ketch to attend upon the Dunbar, and for impressing men, as she will soon be ready to sail. 101
Apr. 29 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Navy Comrs Sends the names of the officers chosen for the 2 small frigates lately built, which will sail to-morrow for the Hope. Sent a copy of their agreement with Thos. Parker, master of the Charity ketch, to the officers of the London, and will send them a jack. As the Entrance will be launched next week, desires her victuals may be sent down. The Dunbar and Gloucester are taking in their ordnance and beer, and will sail next Monday. As the master shipwright has returned, will soon send an account of the Scotch boats. 102
" " " " Adm. Com. To the same effect 103
" " Capt. Robt. Robinson, the Preston, at Sea. " He and the captain of the Sparrow (who has now recovered) have kept with the fishing fleet, and will endeavour still to protect them from the enemy, but they continually stray from the flags. His victuals will end 20 June, by which time he hopes most of the fleet will be ready to return home. Wrote Major Burton of having lost his best bower and part of his cable off Yarmouth, but has not heard whether they have been found. 104
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor and 6 others, Chatham Dock. " Recommend Rich. Rabenet for the boatswain's place in the new frigate building at Chatham, he having served in the State's ships 13 years, been in most of the engagements against the Hollanders, and a midshipman in the Rainbow under Capt. Stoakes. 105
" " Capt. Fras. Willoughby, Portsmouth. " The Marmaduke and Wakefield have sailed, with several ships under convoy bound for the east, to the Downs. Has given order for dispatching the Phoenix and Nonsuch, but they want men. The Guinea is at sea. As there are other parcels of cordage owing for besides Mr. Clarke's, desires they may be paid for as they come to hand, and will contract for as long time and at as easy terms as he can. Has bought a parcel of good Flemish cordage for 43s. a cwt. 106
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorne, Essex, Downs. " Will detain any ships that arrive for such service as they appoint. The Dartmouth having been forced back with her convoys by contrary winds, has kept her in lieu of the Mermaid, and sent the latter to Capt. Plumleigh. Ordered Capt. Rooth to send to Dover for a month's provisions, and also sent for 14 days' for the Essex and 3 weeks' for Capt. Godfrey, whom he has supplied with a boat, &c., from the Essex. Has ordered Capt. Allgate and others to return to the Downs by Monday next, and expects there will then be 7 ships. Particulars of ships. Desires the Eaglet ketch may be hastened down, and may bring the master of the Essex and the 20 seamen who went up with the prize.—P.S. The Eaglet is just coming in. Will send their letter to Capt. Sparling. 107
" 30 Capt. Rowl. Bevans, Convert, Hope. " Left Deptford last Tuesday, but has been delayed by easterly winds. Is fully manned and will sail for the Downs. 108
" " Capt. Robt. Colman, Elizabeth, Rolling Ground, Harwich. " Is waiting for 40 barrels of powder from London, in lieu of what was defective, and cannot go to sea without it; hearing by two passengers from London that the hoy with it was at Gravesend 9 days since, is afraid of some miscarriage, as the wind has been fair for 4 or 5 days. 109
" " Capt. Lambert Cornelius, Bramble, Ostend Road. Col. Clarke, Whitehall. Hoped on taking leave of him at Whitehall, to have given some pleasing account of his proceedings are this, but the opportunity has not presented. If they will give him a frigate answerable to his desires, and send him to the coast of France, hopes to do some service. 110
Apr. 30 John Cuttle, the London, Hope. Navy Comrs Received their warrant, dated 29th April, securing the men of Chris. Shadford, master of the Merchant of London, from being impressed, but having pressed 4 of them on 26 April, asks whether they are now to be released. 111
" Robt. Grassingham, Harwich. Adm. Com. Sent their letters to the Elizabeth and Fame, the former having sailed for the Downs and the latter to Yarmouth. The Roe ketch has gone to her former station, and the Hunter has come in to victual and tallow. 112
" " Jno. Falkener, Wm. Billers, Ordnance Office. Navy Comrs Know no men fit for the place of gunners in the 2 small vessels at Woolwich, but will enquire 113
" " Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. Adm. Com. There are but two Scotch boats fit for repair; desires order as to putting them in hand. The rest are unserviceable, and may be sold or fitted for harbour employment. 114
" " Capt. Wm. Whitehorne " Recommends for a gunner's place George Roaper, who served under him in the Little Charity in the last engagement with the Dutch, also for several years in the worst of times, and when the ships revolted. 115
April John Morris, Gravesend. Adm. or Navy Comrs Accounts of arrival and departure of ships to or from the Hope, during the month. [11 papers.] 116–126