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Historical Documents From The Days Of Sail

The documents below are published with the permission of the Royal Navy Museum, Portsmouth.
These interesting and fragile documents can be viewed at the museum by appointment only.

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The above two documents I believe refer to appointments of Captains to HMS Scarborough.
In the second document there is reference to the 'taken' (capture) of the Scarborough by a
30 gun French privateer off Cape Lobos, on coast of Guinea and re-named 'Le Scarborough' in October 1710.

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Warrant addressed to the Clerk of the Cheque, Portsmouth, for the
fitting out and manning of the Gosport and Scarborough 9th January 1700.

By the Principle Officer and Commissioner of his Majesties Navy
The Right Honourable of Lords of the Admiralty having been pleased by their Lordships Order of yesterday, so desired that his Majesties Ships the Scarborough and Gosport be forthwith fitted out to sea and manned with their middle complements. These are so desired and require you in pursuant thereof, to enlist all such men as shall be sent unto you by this Board or their respective Commands, until their complement shall be increased to 115 men each so soon as they shall be in a condition to receive them. And for doing this shall be your warrant.
Dated by Navy Officer this 9th of January 1700.
Signatures (Unreadable)
To the Clarke of the Cheque of his Majesties Yard at Portsmouth.

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