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Protest of Thomas Lyon and John Millitt, 1740 Jan. 28.

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Virginia Ss Be it known unto all Men by this publick Instrument of Protest that on the Twenty Eighth day of January in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & forty personally appeared before me Edward Barradall Recorder of the City of Wmsburg & one of his Majesties Justices of the Peace for the County of James City Thomas Lyon Master & John Millitt second Mate of the Ship Lucy & Nancy of Liverpool & did by solemn oath wch they respect[ively] took upon the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God depose testify declare to be true as followeth vizt. That as the said ship was pursuing her Voyage from Liverpool aforesaid to Phyladelphia in the Province of Pensylvania in North America laden wth sundry European good on Fryday the Ninth of this Instant they descryed the Land about Twelve Leagues to the Southward; and not having had an observation for several Days, & being short of Provisions, they with the consent of the said ships Company agreed to come to an Anchor, which they accordingly did in Seven Fathom Water and sent the Yawl on shore with four hands & the Cheif Mate to enquire the Land, from which the said Ship rode about ffive miles distant. That about half an Hour after six of the Clock in the Evening of the same Day the said Ship parted her cable which obliged them to get her under Sail as they accordingly did & stood on & off for the Yawl until about half an Hour afterwards the said Ship [illegible] upon what the sd [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] the said Ship going struck imediately over it but by the shock the Rudder was unhung & all her Rudder Irons broken & upon sounding which was done immediately they found themselves to be in three Fathom & half Water which obliged them to lay the said Ship to all Night, and in the Night time they kept a Light in the Shrowds & fired now & then a Gun for Signals for the Yawl The next Morning they