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The six and twentieth of May 1657.

Betts and Company ágainst Davies}
and company. Smith. Cheeke.}

Exámined upon an allegation given in on the behalfe of
the said Davies and others.

dt. Cheeke. .j:

Thomas Johnson of Rotterdam Mariner, aged 40 yeeres
or thereabouts sworne and exámined.

To the first árticle hee saith that hee this deponent was aboard the
shipp the Prinse arlate and was boatswaine of her when shee came to an anchor
neere the chaine against Saint Catherines about eight weekes since, at which
time her master and company moored her in a safe and convenient place
(where shipps are usually moored and lie at anchor) free and cleare of the
moorings of the shipp the White Lilly, soe that the Prinse remained fast
and well moored, never touching the White lilly in tenn or twelve dayes
space after such her first comming to an anchor there, which hee knoweth being
continually aboard her the said shipp Prinse.

To the second árticle hee saith that in the River of Thames it is usuall
for shipps comming to anchor to moore and lie with their cables crosse and
athwart each other, and that such cables by soe lying crosse or athwart
doe not use to receive any dammage thereby, but the shipps lie notwithstanding
safe and free from hurt, which hee knoweth having frequented the said River
as a Mariner.

To the third árticle hee saith that when there are very many shipps
at once in the River of Thames, they are necessitated to ride and lie neere
each other, whereby they are alsoe necessitated to lie with their cables frequently
athwart or crosse each others cables, any by that meanes upon turning of
the tide they are apt to come aboard each other, in which cases the companies
ought to be watchfull and diligent to cleare their shipps, and prevent such
dammage as might befall their shipps by such comming aboard each other.

To the fourth hee saith that in all the time that the said shipps the
Prinse and the White lilly lay together, they never came fowle of or
touched each other but once, (and that was about tenn or twelve dayes
after the Prinses first comming there to an anchor, and that when they
soe touched each other, it was only that the bolt spritt of the white
lilly came against the steme of the Prinse, wherein hee saith the white
lilly received noe hurt, save only the breaking of her Jack staffe, which
in his estimation was not worth above six pence, and saith that when the
bolt spritt of the white lilly came against the Prinses sterne, the Prinses
company hasted to her sterne, and with their hands, put off the said bolt spritt
without hurting the same, which hee knoweth being all the while aboard the
Prinse, and seeing the premisses, and helping soe to cleare the said bolt spritt.

To the fifth hee saith that it was upon the turning of the tide when the
White lillies bolt spritt came against the sterne of the Prinse, and was alsoe
upon the turning of the shipps, at which times shipps companies ought to
be carefull and diligent in veering their cables to shift their shipps shipps
and prevent comming fowle of each other; And saith that when the bolt spritt
of the Lilly came against the sterne of the Prinse, the white
Lillies companie might easily in his iudgement have prevented the
same, with beering two or three fathom of their cable, which they might
and ought to have donne, and further that it was not the fault of the
shipp Prinse or company that the lillies bolt spritt came against her sterne, And
otherwise hee deposeth not.

To the 6th hee saith it is usuall for shipps riding at anchor in the river on
weeke dayes to take downe their Jack staves, because the same are apt to
[have GUTTER]