which wee called too, to beare after the GiUiflower for Hambrough which she did. The Paule afterwards had notice, soe that I thincke there be five of our ships gone for the Elve, the same named in the result of the officers the 31" August.. That night wee parted from them the wind Westrand be North; supposed ourselves Northwest from the Flye thirteen or fourteen leagues. That night we laid most in our mainecourse, this shipp makeing much water not endureing their foreconrse; kept one pumpe coustantly goeing and baileing forward on the ship being staked, most of our powder is spoyled!
The 3d blew fresh showers and gusty weather soe moste of your ships but had lost company of some, sett our forecourse laid Northwest with the stern; towards noone proved better weather, set our maine topsaile; the winde came to the West North West and Northwest and by West; we came by the Centurion which was at anchor yards and top masts downe, maid noe signall too her to weigh, not knoweing whether her masts or yards weare defective. Towards night stood to the Westward; it blew hard; that night carried a paire of sailes; the next morneing the winde came to the West againe.
The 4tn at six in the morneing bore up our shipp to the Norward; laid North North West and some times Northwest; at eleven of the clocke captain Saunders in the Rubye came under our sterne and told us that he had spoke with an Ostender which told him that upon Bergen Reife he was in companye with a fleete of Dutch merchant ships comed from the Sound, and that he beleeved they weere about where whe then plyed. At 12 a clocke see some sailes; set our main top saile, afterwards our fore top saile, chases them; the Rubye, Foresight and some others came up with some of them, but they outsailed us and most of the merchant ships; the frigates seized some five or sixandsuncke two; they were laden with sait from St. Uves in Portingale. This daye the Genturion came into our company, but feared to carry saile, his low masts are soe bad! The Foresight with carrying saile on a sudden 'had eight foote water in holde, the water within one strake of his gun decke; was forced to strike all his sailes amaine, being close by severall of the Dutch flates with theis got away; he got his friggat freed with pompeing and baileing att eight or nine a clock at night, but most of his powder and provisions are spoyled. This night the winde came to the N. W. and by W. N. W., soe plyed to the westerd. A Busse that the Centurion had taken told us that the 3d at 4 in the afternoone he see forty saile of Dutch merchant ships five or six leagues in the winde of us.
The best intellgence wee have at present is this. The Ostender captain Saunders spoke was bound for Huil, came from Copenhaven; told him that the five East India ships of the Dutch that were at Bergen are now at Copenhaven in the Sound, and that there are