and disnnited condicion of the fleete is necessary to bee noted, being the root whereunto in all probability may bee assigned the missing de Ruyter in his returne, and surpriseing the Dutch East India shipps in the open sea before they had 'put themselves into any port of Norway.
After my comeing to the fleete as beforesaid, Thursday July the 16111 Sir William Penn, Sir Christopher Mings, Sir George Ascough, Sir Thomas Tiddiman, Sir Roger Cuttance present, wee resolved to steere 25 leagues N. N. E. and then North under our station, on the East-end of the Dogger-banke about the lattitude of 55x/2 degrees, and this afternoone Sir William Penn sent mee a true coppy of his originall instructions *).
The winde veering for divers days betweene the North and West, wee turned up towards our station, on Monday the 20tn of July by our observation judgeing ourselves in the lattitude of 541/2 degrees, 33 leagues North from the Texell; but by reaSon of a Northwestwardly sea, and our turning to windward soe many daies, which might easily cause mistake in our reckoning the shipps way, and the uncertainety of our soundings, supposeing ourselves more Eastwardly then our account, which course is very dangerous in respect of the Horne Riffe and Bay of Hamborough, the councell of warr which mett on board mee, Tuesday the 2ltn resolved the fleete should stand to the Westward, and gained upon the Dogger in 20 and 18 fathom soundings, knowne to bee on the Banke, and after that into our lattitude of öö1^ degrees; accordingly on Wednesday at noone wee proved to bee in lattitude 55 degrees 17 minutes on the Dogger Banke in 18 fathom, very faire weather.
Thursday morning the 2301 I called the councell of warr aboard (Sir Thomas Clifford present), the winde this morning was come up to the S. and by W. I comunieated all intelligences gotten, and considering the winde in that point, it was agreed that neither de Ruyter, nor the East India men, could come from the Northward. That the principall thing to bee intended was the conjunction of the other parte of the fleete, in order whereunto it was agreed that this fleete should ply about the midle of the Dogger Banke to expect the conjunction of the other part, and a ketch with an express to bee sent for England, to appoint the shipps in Southwold Bay to sayle to Westward of the midle of the Dogger Banke; when there to range Eastward on the Banke untill they come about the midle thereof, where they should finde the fleete or orders, which was accordingly executed.
Next day Pryday 24th of July, the Draggon came in with us
1) Zie n°. 169.