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The 23th of September 1653.

Examined upon the sayd allegation.


Robert Tibbet of Limehouse in the County of Middlesex
Mariner Master of the sayd shipp the harry Bonadventure
aged six and forty yeares or thereabouts a witnes
sworne and examined deposeth and saith as followeth

To the first and second articles of the sayd Allegation This deponent saith
that the arlate shipp the harry Bonadventure from about the beginning
of January 1652 till the month of June 1653 was imployed in a warlike
voyage under the Command of the sayd Robert Swanley in the service
of this Commonwealth by vertue of a Commission (which this deponent saw and
heard read) to take all dutch and ffrench shipps, and the shipps of all or any the
Enemies of this Commonwealth. And saith that in Pursuance of the sayd
Commission the sayd shipp sett sayle from Messina in Scicilia about the
19th day of may 1653 and in her course for Tunis whither she stood bound
off the Cape Ppertevento mett with two dutch shipps, and chased them
and one of the Dutch shipps videlicet the Saint Peter aforesayd giveing the first fire before the
harry Bonadventure made any shott, a sharp fight was begun and
continued four or five howres, till att Last the Saint Peter was subdued
and taken together with all her lading and the master
of her killed in the fight, and all or most part of her Company taken
aboard the sayd harry Bonadventure, whereby the sayd Captaine Swanley
and Company became absolute Masters and Possessors of the Saint Peter and
her lading, all which this deponent knoweth being master of the sayd
harry Bonadventure and present att and in the sayd fight, and seeing
the sayd seizure made and otherwise he cannot depose.

To the .3. he saith the sayd shipp the Saint Peter was an able shipp of about
400 Tonnes and 24 Guns with powder and other necessaries, and was
in her masts and rigging much damnified in the sayd fight, And saith
she was very full laden with Currants Anniseeds, Almonds quicksylver
Venice glasses, stones for looking glasses, and Manna and other rich
Commodityes the particulars of all or any whereof this deponent
knoweth not nor the certayne value of all or any of them, but doth
beleive that being a shipp of a large a burthen and Laden with goods
of that quality she might well be worth with her Ladeing the summe of
fifty thousand pounds sterling. And saith he heard the Steeresman of the
Saint Peter say she was a very rich shipp. And further cannot depose

To the 4 and .5th he saith that the harry Bonadventure during the sayd Chase and
fight wore the English Colours of this Commonwealth, and the says shipp the
Saint Peter being the bigger of the sayd dutch shipps, and the other Dutch
shipp during all the sayd tyme wore the Holland Colours and fought against
the Harry Bonadventure four or five howres. And further saith That
the Steeresman and others of the Company of the Saint Peter speaking broken
English did after their seizure confesse and acknowledge that they
and the shipps Company or most of them were Hollanders, and that their sayd shipp
did belong to Holland, and was with her sayd Lading bound for Holland
and there was to discharge the same for the use and Accompt of Hollanders