A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 09 eBook

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“He saith, that he was born in Lisbon, being the son of a mariner, and served under Nunna d’Acunha in the seafight against Captain Best, in one of the four galleons.  He afterwards went to Macao on the coast of China, and returned thence to Goa; where, after remaining ten months, he was ordered on board a galleon called the St Antonio, in this expedition for the road of Swally, where he was made prisoner on the 8th of this month.  The purpose of the viceroy, Don Jeronimo de Savedo, in this expedition, as the examinant says, was to destroy the English at Surat.  The viceroy’s ship was called the All-saints, of 800 tons, with 300 men, and twenty-eight cannon.  Michael de Souza was captain on the St Bennet of 700 tons, 150 men, and twenty guns.  John Cayatho of the St Lawrence, of 600 tons, 160 men, and 18 guns.  Francisco Henriques of the St Christopher, of 600 tons, 155 men, and 18 guns.  Francisco de Mirande of the St Jeronymo, of 500 tons, 180 men, and 16 guns.  Gaspar de Meall of the St Antonio, of 400 tons, 140 men, and 14 guns.  These were the galleons:  The ships were, the St Peter of 200 tons Captain Francisco Cavaco, 150 men and eight guns; the St Paul of 200 tons, Captain Don Juan de Mascarenha, 150 men and eight guns; a pinnace of 120 tons, Captain Andrea de Quellio, eighty men and four guns.  Lewis de Bruto was captain of one galley, and Diego de Suro of the other, each having fifty men.  There were sixty barks or frigates, each having twenty soldiers, and rowing eighteen oars of a side.  The reinforcement which joined afterwards, consisted of two ships of 200 tons each, two India junks, and eight small boats, which were employed to endeavour to set us on fire.  In the viceroy’s ship, the ordnance were all of brass, those in the other galleons being half brass and half iron:”  Against all which the Almighty protected us, blessed be his name for ever.

On the 11th March, 1615, we parted from the general, he and the other two ships being bound for Acheen and Bantam, and we in the Hope for England.  On the 12th we passed by the north end of the Maldives, where we found many shoals and islands most falsely laid down in the charts, as if purposely to render the navigation of these seas more dangerous.  We arrived on the 17th of June in Saldanha bay, where we found a fleet of four English ships bound for Surat, under the command of Captain Keeling; which fleet, after consultation held with us, and receiving intelligence of the state of affairs there, departed on its voyage.  On the 20th I met with Crosse and his company, left there for discovery,[140] and entreated some of them to acquaint Coree with my arrival.  These were set upon by the savages and wounded, wherefore I delivered four muskets to Crosse at his earnest request; after which he procured Coree to come down with his whole family, and we afterwards got some cattle.  He told me that there was discord among the savages, through which the mountaineers had come down and robbed them.  We departed on the 26th June, leaving our longboat with Crosse, together with powder, shot, and provisions.

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