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To the 18th he saith he ćannot answer.

To the 19th. he saith he knoweth not George Hughes interrate, and otherwise
cannot depose.

To the 20th he saith he never commanded any Convoy in the Streights. nor doth he
beleive it is the Course for convoyed shipps to follow their Convoy from port
to port much lesse that any obligation lyes on them so to doe, or punishment to the
masters in neglecting so to attend such Convoys; it being as this Rendent concey=
veth very preiudiciall to merchants and the designs for which shipps are made
if it should so be. And otherwise he ćannot depose saying that in all such
cases the best and second way is for a master of a shipp to keepe close to his
principalls orders.

To the xxith Interrogatory hee saith that all Convoys are sent out on purpose by
the State to conduct shipps and secure them from taking, And if he were in a
port ready to depart with his shipp, and a Convoy there that would depart in
six or 14 dayes, he in such case (if his factors would under their hands
sufficiently secure him from his Charterparty and did require him to stay, and such
Convoy would sayle directly home) would stay for such Convoy and come
along with her, otherwise he would keepe himselfe close to his orders and
Charterparty. And otherwise he ćannot depose./

Repeated before doctor Godolphin



The 5th of March 1655.

Exámined upon the foresaid allegation.


Benjamin Gunson of Poplar mariner, aged 36 yeares or
thereabouts sworne and exámined.

To the fifth article of the said allegation hee saith and deposeth that the
direct way and course to come from Salina Roade of Cyprus for London
is to come directly to the Streights mouth, which hee knoweth being a mariner
and having in shipps by him commanded longe used the Streights trade and
voyage, and having bin in Salina Roade aforesaid, and that such as aforesaid
was and is the direct course from Salina Roade for London, hee saith it was
and is notorious amongst mariners
using that voyage, and places thereabouts.

To the sixth hee saith that in case George Hughes had sailed the
Thomas Bonadventure either from Salina Roade aforesaid directly to the
Streights mouth, or if hee had sailed directly from Zant to the Streights
mouth, hee had not come to Corsica, that being out of the direct waye or course
of sailing both from Salina, and from Zant to the Streights mouth, which
hee knoweth being well acquainted with the course of sailing and was
to be held betwixt those places, having long used those parts as aforesaid,
And otherwise hee cannot depose, not knowing where hee met with the
Dutch fleete.

To the seaventh árticle hee saith and deposeth that the direct way to saile
from Salina Roade of Cyprus to the Streights mouth is 654 leagues and
very few leagues more or lesss, and that from Salina Roade to goe
to Zant and thence to the Streights mouth is about 15 leagues out
of the direct course from Salina Roade to the Streights mouth, which hee
knoweth for the reasons aforesaid, And
otherwise hee cannot depose.

To the eighth article hee saith and deposeth that the direct way or course
of sailing from Zant to the Streights mouth is about 420 leagues, and
to saile from Zant first to Corsica and thence to the Streights mouth