and sayles at Bergen, and severall other occasions in our voyage, want of licquor and men and unhealtbyness and the hazard attending the leading such a fleete soe farr as the Dogger Banke at that time of the yeare, unprovided to sustaine themselves if the winde should cross theire returire Southward, our stay in Sould Bay not 7 daies, shall bee sufficiently perswaded off. The councell of warr advised our station to bee on the Dogger in 55d 00' betweene N. by W. and N.N. W. from the Texell. In case of any shipps seperating from us before wee had beene 10 days out of Sould Bay, that they should repayre to Sould Bay, for it was supposed our short provisions and the season of the yeare would not permitt the fleete to keepe the sea any longer.
Thursday the 10 a storme at N.W. tooke us, soe that you could not weather the Hollands coast, and were faine to tack to the Southward, then to the North againe in a daingerous station, betweene Holland and the bankes of Yarmouth; yet God bee praysed, wee sufferedlitle loss, only the Diamond lost her masts and was forced to bee sent home, and the Soveraigne . by a leake wett 40 barrells of her powder, and the fleete escaped seperation, soe on Saturday September the 1240 £he wind comeing S. E. wee stood away for our station and Sunday 13tn about 10 a clock wee reckon our selves 30 leagues from the Texell N.N.W. in 24 fathom. This morning wee saw 7 or 8 shipps ahead of us, which I sent friggotts to chase; after sunsett they were all (viz.( twoe great East In^üi_shipps and 4 men of warr, and a Streights; shipp, 1300 prisonners) taken, and the boddy of the fleete come up; with some of them, soe I sent for what intelligence could bee gotten from them, and found that the late storme had seperated theire wholei fleete off the Naze of Norweigh, and that they were scattered in the! sea roundabout us and some shipps were seene by our headmost, who steered away to the Eastward, others were seene on our larbord| side, steering Southward, and in that quarter I had intelligence was seene 80 sayle the greatest boddy of theire fleete then together.
It growing darke and being necessary to shew the fleete presently how I ment to spend the night and no leasure to call the councell of warr, I tooke the advice of the comanders then present on board mee viz. Sir Thomas Tydiman, captain Moulton and Sir Roger Cuttance, and by theire opinions tackt with the fleete to the Westwards, where wee conceived our principall worke to lye, refuseing to follow those ahead that steered Eastwardly, because it ledd the fleete into the daingerous bay of Hambrough and diverted us in all probability from meeting with the greatest part of the fleete, who steered for the Texell; and it soe prooved, for the next day the Pembroke came to mee from Yarmouth side and brought mee word hee saw the Dutch fleete of warr 80 sayle in number the last night some 18 leagues W.N.W. from the Texell.