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To the Interrogatories. [CENTRE HEADING]
To the first and second hee saith the said shipp the Cane Merchant was built
as hee hath bin credibly informed at Canne, and this deponent hath sailed
in company with Peter Cavalier of Cane who said hee built her there
and saith the said Sommers bought her of the said Peter C[?avalier] [?and]
Peter knight in this port of London in the yeare 1654, and within t[XX]
dayes or thereabouts after such buying, shipped this deponent Gunner of [?her]
but this deponent is not a witnes to the bill of sale, and otherwise
hee referreth himselfe to his foregoeing deposition.
To the third Interrogatorie hee saith the said John Summers was [?two]
yeares in possession of the said shipp before the said seizure, which
hee knoweth because hee this deponent belonged to her all that time
and that it is about two yeares and a quarter since hee was
deprived thereof as foresaid, referring himselfe to his foregoeing deposition
To the fourth hee saith that six of the said tenn guns were s[XXXXs], [XXX]
[?minions] and one falcon, and that shee had at the time of the said
seizure a whole suite of sailes for her foremast, maine mast,
missen mast and boltspritt, and a spare [XXX ?maine] topsaile
five anchors, and fower cables and [XXXXXX], one
deck, a half deck and a forecastle and that her sailes were not much
worne, her cables good, and otherwise hee cannot depose, referrimng
himselfe to his foregoeing deposition.
To the fifth hee saith it is about 22 monethes since hee
last saw the said shipp the Cane Merchant, and saith the said
Sommers was master of her himselfe and in possession of her
to the time that shee was soe seized, and otherwise hee referreth himselfe to his
To the 6. 7. 8. and 9. hee saith that hee last saw her at Passaga aforesaid
namely about two and twenty monethes since, and otherwise hee cannot
answer, saving as aforesaid, not having seene the said shipp since her
seizure by the Preston frigott.
Thomas grim[?s]ditch [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]
The 8th of July 1658/ [CENTRE HEADING]
Examined on the sayd allegation/
William Bawcock of North Yarmouth in Norfolk
Mariner aged twenty five yeares or thereabouts
a wittnesse sworne and examined saith and
deposeth as followeth videlicet
To the first second third and 5th articles of the sayd alleagtion hee saith hee this deponent
hath knowne the arlate shipp now called the Change, and formerly
the Cane Merchant for those sixe moneths last past hee being
a passenger in her At her seizure by the Preston ffrigott hereafter
specified And saith that ever since hee know her the arlate John
Somers hath bin Commonly reputed the true and lawfull Owner
and proprietor of the sayd shipp formerly called the Cane
Marchant and now the Change And hath heard Captaine [?Beach]
(Commander) of the sayd shipp Change formerly the Cane Marchant by Commission (as hee sayd) of the duke
of Yorke) saye that in the yeare 1656 when
shee the Change was first taken by a shipp of warr Commissioned by the
duke of Yorke or King of Scotts