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Danish ships prevented from landing

In Events at sea, Parliamentary business on August 13 at 11:00 pm

Sunday 13 Aug 1643 || From the Downes it was informed [to] the Parliament by a letter from one of the Captaines of the Navy, that there are three other Ships each of them at least 200 Tonn burthen, lie hovering upon the English Coasts; who he chased, and discovered to belong to the King of Denmarke, and sent hither with Souldiers and Armes to assist the Kings Army against the Parl. to setle the Protestant Religion (if you’l beleeve it) with their other Compeers of Wellownes [Walloons], French, Spanish & Irish Rebells that are already in the Kingdome, they were intended to land about Newcastle but by the diligence of the Earle of Warwicks ships were prevented, and now lie betwixt Calice and Bullen [Calais and Bologne], the Captaine that sent this intelligence desiring the Parliament to grant him Commission and he would use his utmost endeavour to surprize them, which the Parliament accordingly Ordered, and withall apointed that the Earle of Warwick should be made acquainted therewith, and desired to take speciall care to prevent the landing of the said ships in this Kingdome. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

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Royalist prisoners to be transported to America

In London on August 12 at 2:18 pm

12 Aug 1643 (Sat) || According to the Order of Parliament, many of the Cavaliers who have been brought Prisoners hither, are carried down to Wolwich, and put aboorde some great ships provided for them, to be kept there untill they can be transported into the English Plantations in America.  || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Parliament naval committee fears Royalist ship build-up at Bristol

In Bristol on August 8 at 8:35 pm

8 Aug 1643 (Tue) || The Parliaments Committee for the Navy, fearing now lest the Cavaliers, who having gotten much strong shipping at Bristoll, might send them forth either for Pyrats, or else to waft the Rebells out of Ireland thither, to the endangering of the Kingdome; have written to their Lord Admirall the Earle of Warwicke, speedily to send a Squadron of his best ships, to lie in the mouth of Severne, to stop all ships from coming in, or going forth of Bristoll, which will hinder the designes of the Cavaliers, and totally abscinde their trading by Sea, by which meanes, (together with the late plundering of all sorts of people in that City, as well Malevolents as well-affected, by the perfidious Covenant breaking Cavaliers contrary to composition and agreement) the Inhabitants of that City will be brought into such a miserable Predicament, that they will have double cause to bewail, aswell their own effeminate cowardise, as the Cavaliers Lordly Tiranny over them. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Rupert sieges Bristol; ships block Bristol Channel for the King

In Bristol on July 26 at 6:18 pm

26 Jul 1643 (Wed) || It was certified this day, that Prince Rupert having joyned his Forces to his Brothers, and the whole Body of their strength being brought together; they sate downe on Monday before Bristol: and that they began their batteries, and had bestowed no lesse then one hundred shot on the same already. As also that on the going off of the first peece of Ordnance from his Majesties Camp, five Ships which lay in Bristol rode advanced His Majesties Colours on the top of their masts, declaring that they would so keepe the Channell for the use of His Majesty, that neither any supplies should be brought into the Towne by Sea, nor any of the Rebels which were there get out that way. Which proved of such importance to the dispatch of the work that the Town was no likely to hold out long: whereof more tomorrow. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Dutch fleet refuses to defer to Parliamentarian navy

In Foreign News on July 5 at 9:54 am

5 Jul 1643 (Wed) || You heard before with what offence and indignation the State of Venice entertained the newes of the Rebellion raised against His Majestie by some of His seditious Subjects; and you shall heare now that the confederate States of the United Provinces like it little better. For it was certifed this day, that the Earle of Warwicke being out at Sea with His Majesties Navy, met with a Fleet of Hollanders, whom he commanded to strike sayle, as the custome is. To which the Admirall made Answer, that he would not doe it on those commands, without he saw some better reason for it, then he believed they had to shew him. For if his Lordship has Commission from the King of England (as he conceived he had no such) he should let him see it and then they would be ready to make that acknowledgement which the ancient usage did require. But if his Lordship had Commission onely from the States of Parliament, his Lordship might doe well to know that those of the United Provinces were the Elder States, and would acknowledge no superiority in such young beginners; and so sayled by without more Ceremony, his Lordship being extreamely sensible that the Answer had in it too much truth and reason. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

Naval activity at Exmouth

In Devon on July 1 at 12:12 pm

1 Jul 1643 (Sat) || By an expresse from Exeter it is certified that the Citizens have made divers salies out upon the King’s Forces, but have beene repulsed with much losse; they have brought severall Ships to Exe Mouth, and (as it is reported) laden with men and Ammunition but whether with either or both is not yet certaine; this we are sure of, that 2 or 3 of the lighter vessels ran in over the Bay, where the Kings Forces make bold to keep them, who are like to pay deare for their returne: the other two ships lie out in the Ocean, and are so waited on by His Majesties forces, that if they offer to land in long boats they are like to fare as well as the other former. || John Berkenhead/Peter Heylyn – Mercurius Aulicus (R)

From the Sea the Newes is, that Captaine Moulton, who commandeth one of the Earle of Warwicks ships called the Swift-sure, sent three small Ships into Exmouth, which seized upon two Ships in that Harbour, the one of them being ready fitted by the Cavaliers for a man of War, the other was of small consequence, and that he hath taken another Ship at Tingmouth. but there was nothing of any value in her, and that all the Maritime Townes in Devon are in Rebellion against the King and Parliament, excepting Plymouth, Dartmouth and Excester. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Parliament’s forces take Warrington

In Cheshire on May 30 at 9:21 am

30 May 1643 (Tue) || From Manchester in Lancashire they write, that Colonell Aston with his Army hath beseiged the Towne of Warrington, lying upon the River Mersey, which severeth the Counties of Chester and Lancaster, and that after a weekes siege he took the great Streete and the Church, with the steeple, which was abandoned by the Enemie, as being not tenable for their purpose; and that the Enemie thee, had so foreclosed the rest of the Streets in that Town, with strong Barricadoes and Pallisadoes, (having had a long time to doe it) that he could not yet force his entrance into them, unlesse he could mount his Ordnance upon the steeple, which commandeth the whole Towne. And they write further from thence, that one of the Parliaments ships under the Earle of Warwickes Command, came into the Harbour at Leverpole, which so affrighted the Earle of Derbyes forces there, that they presently left the Towne, by which meanes the mariners in the ship have with the more facility seized upon it. And they also say that colonell Tillesley, who is the onely man of note now left in that County for the Earle of Derby, is gotten on foote againe with some of his lewd adherents, and that he beginneth anew to imbroile the northerne parts of the County. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

Royalist plan to turn enemy mariners fails

In Kent on May 27 at 11:09 pm

27 May 1643 (Sat) || Some Marriners lately come out of the Downes,¹ Informe, that on Sunday last, divers letters from Oxford were secretly sent to some of the great Officers of the Ships there, now under the command of the Parliaments Lo. Admirall, the Noble Earle of Warwicke, with Proclamations in them, which Letters commanded them to declare themselves for the King, to desert the said Lo: Admirall, and to proclaime him a Traitor, which Letters and Proclamations, all the Officers brought immediately to the Earle of Warwicke, and thereby disappointed the designes and hopes of those that sent them, whence it is evident, that Oxford, which was wont to be the fountaine of learning to the whole Kingdome, is now become the Spring of Treachery for the ruine and destruction of this whole State. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

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¹ The area of sea off the Kent coast customarily used by English fleets as a staging area prior to moving up the Thames, or leaving for foreign destinations.

Coal crisis in London

In London on May 23 at 11:19 pm

23 May 1643 (Mon) || The Lord Major, Aldermen, and Common Councell of London, assembled at the Guild-hall on Saturday last, and consulted about the present dearth and scarcity of Sea-Coales, and when they had some while debated by what wayes and meanes they might be obtained, at length they Elected a Committee to present their desires therein to the Parliament, to direct them in a course for the getting of Sea coales before the next Winter. But to give some satisfaction in this point to the City of London, and to the Kingdome, some persons have made these Propositions, that many ships from London, Lyn, Ipswich, and Yarmouth, are willing to adventure to Newcastle to get them, being provided with store of men, victuall, Ordnance, and Ammunition, and whosoever will suscribe 100li for a yeare towards the setting of them forth, shall at the yeares end receive 133li. 6s. 8d. if the expedition succeed well, if not, then they are to have their 100li againe with allowance of 8li per cent. And whosoever of the subscribers, have heretofore lent the Parliament either Money or Plate, or both, shall be repayed it upon the future sale of  the Coales, & for those disbursements they shall have the Publique Faith. Hereupon let all men well consider, whether it not be better to adventure some Moneyes for this resolution and hopefull Expedition, then that themselves, their Wives and Children should starve this next Winter for want of Fuell and Firing, the scarcity whereof will deprive them of Beere, and of good warne food, with other necessaries. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)

News from Exeter and Plymouth

In Devon on May 15 at 6:52 pm

15 May 1643 (Mon) || From Excester and Plymouth in Devonshire they write, that the Earle of Stamford is marched out of their County into Cornwall, with 8. or 9000 foote and 1500. horse, and that he intendeth to divide his army into two bodies, whereof the one part is to besiege the Towne of Launceston in Cornwall, which the Cavaliers had fortified for their shelter, and with the other part to pursue Sir Ralph Hopton and his Cavaliers, either totally to suppresse and apprehend them, or else to drive them out of Cornwall, if they can tell whither to fly to escape his hands.

And from Plymouth more particularly they write, that a ship of theirs hath taken a Dunkerke Frigot, which was going to Ireland, and is laden with Armes, Carbines, Pistols, Gunpowder, Wines, Crucifixes, and such like trash, and some Ordnance, whereof one peece was 400. weight, which Frigot the seizer hath brought safe into Plimouth. || William Ingler – Certaine Informations (P)