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The 17th day of March 1657

Jonas Walters and others mariners of the Lady)
ffrigott against John hosier Commander of)
her and against the sayd ffrigott/ Suckley)

Examined on an allegation apud acta made by Suckley
on behalfe of the sayd Walters and others./

Rp. jus

Humfrey Fleming of Redereff Mariner late masters Mate
of the dragon aged thirty two yeares or thereabouts a
wittnesse sworne and examined saith as followeth videlicet

To the sayd allegation apud acta hee saith that hee hath made two severall
voyages thither and thereby knoweth that the Island of Bickeere is about
five leagues distant to the East of Alexandria and is a very dangerous
and unsafe port by reason it lyes open to all Enymies both Christians and
Turkes and noe Mariners especially Christians can goe ashoare there
but with great hazard of being taken and made slaves nor can have any
water or other provisions but what comes from Alexandria and are in
great hazard of their lives upon many occasions And this deponent being
there Mate of the dragon an English shipp sent some men ashoare with
a boate for water and the Inhabitants there drove them away with
throwing stones at them and would not suffer them to get any water nor any
other provisions and the Eastland Merchant was of this deponents sight
and knowledge at the sayd Port when this deponent was there with the dragon
and as this deponent hath bin Credibly informed and verily beleeveth shee
was there seized on by Spanish men of warr after the dragon came thence
and saith in the sayd Port the shipps lye open to all hazards and dangers
as well of the Turkes who disallowe of trade with the English at that place
as also to Spanish men of warr who passe that way And further to this
allegation hee cannot depose./

Humphrey ffleming [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]


The same day

Examined upon the sayd allegation./

Rp. 2

William Fea[?ter] of Saint Catherines neere the Tower
of London Mariner Masters Mate of the Defence (Thomas
Rand Commander of her) aged forty five yeares or
thereabouts a wittnesse sworne and examined saith and
deposeth as followeth videlicet

To the sayd Allegation hee saith that within these two yeares last past
hee hath bin twice with the shipp the defence as Mate of her at the Island
of Bickeere and thereby knoweth that it lyeth about five or sixe leagues
distant to the East from the Port of Alexandria and lyeth open to all Enymies
both Christians and Turkes and what shipps ride there ride upon their
owne guard and defence for securing their shipps and goods for that the
Turkes who are owners of the Island doe not allowe of any trade with
the English at that place and what Mariners Christians goe ashoare
upon the sayd Island are in great danger to be taken by the Turkes and
made slaves and also the ships that ride there are in danger of being [??seized GUTTER]