Letters and Papers relating to the Navy: May 1659

Pages 566-568

Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Interregnum, 1658-9. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1885.

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May 1659

Date. From To Subject. References.
1659. Vo. 212.
May 3 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Rob. Aldworth for 750l., for value received by Capt. Stoakes in provisions at Toulon for the fleet under his command, charging it as an imprest on his account. 1
" " Christ. Pett, Woolwich. " Is in hand with the works of the Bristol; wants 8 or 10 loads of 2 and 3 inch plank, having none in the stores. 2
" 4 Saml. Higginson, the Selby. Certificate that the bearer, Wm. Dicker, with the rest of his men, came on board out of a small vessel 5 miles eastward of Weymouth, and stated that such vessel was an Ostend prize; that the Ostenders, upon taking Dicker's vessel, put him and his men upon her to return home; and that he, Higginson, put them on shore to travel home. 3
" 5 Adm. Com. Navy Comrs Order to make out a bill to Jno. Powell, messenger, for 48l. 16s. disbursed for the navy 4
" " " " Like order for 20l. for his pains in journeys for the service 5
" " " " Are troubled that they have not passed Mr. Cullen's bill for business done for the service, and wish it done at once. 6
" " Com. Peter Pett, Chatham. " Sends an account of stores required, and is glad they are mindful of a supply. Is in hand with the refitting of the Sovereign, George, and Unicorn, and asks if the Sovereign is to be graved, it having been formerly stopped for want of money. Mr. Gunton, the cooper, having lately died, and his widow having much money due to her from the State, asks the employment for her until she can get the money. 7
" 6 Robt. Sewell, Chatham Dock. " Sends an account of cables, hawsers, hemp, yarn, and tar, in the stores; wants tar, there being several ships to be fitted out. 8
" 7 Robt. Grassingham, Harwich. " The Concord is so leaky that they dare not keep her afloat, but one must be sent in her room. Masts are much needed. Two ships have come to be refitted. 9
" 9 Rear Adm. Jno. Bourne, Richard, Downs. Adm. Com. Sent the Guinea to convoy some horses from Dover to Dunkirk, the Cheriton to convoy a New England and other ships bound westward as far as Plymouth, the Merlin with some for Dieppe, the Swallow and Drake with the fishery off the Foreland, and to transport a messenger with a packet to Dunkirk, the Wakefield with 3 young gentlemen from Dover to Dieppe, and the Lily to Dover Road to fetch in a Swedish man-of-war and her prize, by virtue of a complaint from one of the Dutch ambassador's attendants that the man-of-war is manned with Englishmen; shall detain them until further order, which will guide him in like cases hereafter. 10
" " Capt. Jno. Taylor, Chatham. Navy Comrs When the great ships went out, they took away 6 great long boats; sent a man after them, but finds they have been carried to Harwich and Hoseley Bay; desires a hoy may be sent after them, and some sent into the Downs; they cost a large sum, and others will have to be built if they are not returned. Payne, who supplied the stores with shovels, being dead, Hum. Bray, smith, desires to serve, and his work is good. 11
" 13 Comr. Peter Pett, Chatham. " Repairs of ships. Will discharge most of the workmen suddenly, unless there be an order for girdling the Sovereign. 12
May 14 Jos. Child, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Yesterday 400 Spanish soldiers, bound for Ostend and taken by the Cheriton, were brought on shore. Had orders from the Admiralty Commissioners to allow 4d. each man per day, but considering, the charge will soon be very great, only allows them two pennyworth of coarse bread each until further order. 13
" 17 St. J. Steventon, Portsmouth. Thos. Turner, clerk to the Navy Comrs Sends an account of 9 vessels under repair at Portsmouth, also a bill for 189l. 1s. 9½d. for 11 bales of west country canvas, being 2,388 ½ yards at 19d. a yard, delivered into the stores by Capt. Geo. Pley. As one of the bales is coarser than the others, and does not answer the pattern or contract, has not entered it until further order. Mr. Dymock being in London, asks him to get his hand to the bill. 14, 15
" " Capt. Jno. Tippetts, Portsmouth. Navy Comrs Sent a demand for stores for fitting out ships, and has expected a supply; has no tar for the ropemakers or anything else, and there is none to be had but for ready money, beyond 7 barrels borrowed to complete the Andrew's sheathing, which must be paid in kind. Greatly wants ironwork, as bolts, plates, &c. Mr. Timbrell has sent word that he has done what he could, and that money failing, and also his credit with the ironmasters and workmen, he was forced to put off all his men except for one fire, and that if some speedy course is not taken for supplying him with money, he would have to give over all. Begs they will consider the necessities of the poor workmen in the yard. 16
" 21 " " " Finding the President is much decayed, and deserves to be little less than rebuilt, asks whether to take her into the dry dock, and perform the needful, or patch her up for the present. 17
" " Capt. Chas. Thorow-good, Portsmouth. " Received theirs of the 18th inst. and will follow the contents, though doubts opposition. The President has come in to be refitted, by order of the Admiralty Commissioners and Capt. Heaton; the captain and officers pretending she is very defective, and requires docking, has ordered the shipwright to make a survey. 18
" " Capt. Rich. Potter, Great President, Portsmouth. " Has come in to refit, being much shattered, some beams broken, the ironwork in the hold decayed, and the deck and upper works much out of repair; the officers at Portsmouth judge she must come into the dock. 19
" 24 Jno. Browne, Harwich. " Sends the muster book of the Briar. Will collect all the boats at Harwich, Hoseley Bay, and on the coast, and has arranged with the commander of the Hunter to bring them up. 20
" 25 Christ. Pett, Woolwich. " Having nearly finished the works on the Bristol, asks whether to launch her, or set her masts and rig her while in dock. 21
" 26 Capt. Jno. Tippetts, Portsmouth. " Will dispatch the President, but something more than ordinary must be performed for strengthening her. Understands the stores demanded have been shipped from Deptford; if not, desires they may be hastened down, as also a supply of timber and plank. 22
" 27 Jno. Davies Account of 202 dozen of sail needles sent to the stores at Chatham and Harwich. His last bill for needles supplied was dated 31 Dec. 1657. 23
May 28 Rich. Hutchinson Estimate of the debts of the navy to May 28, 1659, on bills signed, contracts, wages, and for sick and wounded, 692, 640l.; also of the charge of 16,800 men to 1 Dec. 1659, the charge of the ordinary yards, and for sick and wounded, 607,645l.; total 1,300,285l., with particulars when certain proportions will be wanted. 24
" " Jo. Jennings, Portsmouth. Fras. Willoughby. Has balanced the account of Edw. Brooks, boatswain of the Nonsuch, and given him credit for a few particulars missing, as he has been very honest in former voyages. 25
" 30 Major N. Bourne Navy Comrs Was sending them a letter from his brother, but on receipt of theirs, writes himself, and desires their concurrence; is confined at home ill. 26
" " Rich, Wright, Gaoler and Marshal, Great Yarmouth. List of 29 Ostend prisoners of war received by him, with particulars of 6 set at liberty, and note that Ant. Erboe, captain, and Pet. Bavart were set free 25 June 1659; also list of 27 men belonging to the George of Ostend, taken by Capt. Rively of the Briar, being some of the above. 27, 28
" 31 Ordnance officers Sir Hen. Vane. The gunner of the President at Portsmouth having demanded additional stores, as she is soon to put to sea again, and there being no Admiralty Commissioners sitting to whom they might apply, ask his pleasure touching that ship and any other that may put in on the like occasion. 29
May. _ Abstract of letters sent to the Admiralty Commissioners during the month of May 1659, as already calendared. 30
" _ Note that Capt. Jno. Pitchford and Lieut. Whitington were formerly officers in Major Christopher Bethel's troop. 31
" Jno. Greene Navy Comrs Lists of the State's ships in rigging wages at Deptford, with the number of men borne on each, 16, 23, and 30 May. 32–34
" Margaret Browne, widow. Adm. Com. Petition for payment of 1,200l., or part thereof, due to her and her late husband for lead and workmanship supplied to the navy. Has been forced to borrow several sums to carry on the work and to maintain her family, which have now to be repaid, but is unable to do it without their assistance. 35