THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 282.
A Report of Pirates at Tobago.
Source :-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls and the
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
November l7th, 1699.
Francis Tippet of Wapping in the County of Middlesex,
Marine, age 25 years or thereabouts, maketh oath
That he, this deponent, in or about the month of April
last, was shipped by Antony Taylor, Master of the pink, the
Flower Pot of London, on board his vessel as Boatswain for a
voyage from London to Barbados and back for London; and
that the said vessel on or about the six and twentieth day of
June last sailed out of the River Thames in prosecution of the
said voyage ; and that about 50 leagues eastward of Barbados
the said pink was chased by a vessel ot 14 guns and seventy-
five men which proved to be a pirate called the Prophet Daniel
commanded by Thomas Burke, an Irishman, and was taken
by the said pirate, of which pirate crew 16 men were put
aboard the said pink, and the said Antony Taylor and the
rest of the said pink's company except the carpenter, the cook
and a boy were carried on board the said pirate.
And the deponent further saith that three or four days
after the taking of the said pink by the said pirate, the said
pirates crew unloaded the said pink's cargo and brought it on
board the pirate, of which cargo this deponent did see several
parcels on board the said pirate whilst he was prisoner there
which was about seven weeks.
And this deponent further saith that this said Thomas Burke
in the said seven weeks did die on board the said pirate and
that after the said Burke's death, a division happened amongst
the crew which was of several nations and the Irishmen that
were on board, after a bloody fight overpowered the rest,
being but 14 men of the said Irishmen left alive ; and about
16 French which were wounded, were turned ashore in the
Island of Tobago with this deponent and 35 other prisoners
which were taken by the said pirate's crew out of several ships
in Newfoundland and other places.
During the fight among the said pirate's crew, the 16 men
that were put on board the said pink, ran away with her,
before which the said Antony Taylor and his men that were
prisoners on board the said pirate were removed from thence
and made prisoners on board the said pink except the deponent
who was sick.
And the deponent further saith that the said 14 Irishmen
not being able to manage the said pirate, seized a brigantine
then in Tobago and filled the said brigantine with the best
goods that were on board the said pirate and set the said
pirate on fire and sailed away with the said brigantine but
where the said pink or brigantine are gone this deponent
And the deponent further saith that when the said pirate
was on fire, he doth believe that several parcels of goods were
burning, among which some of them that were taken out of
the said pink, the said pirate not being far from the shore
where the deponent was.
In testimony whereof the deponent hereunto subscribes
Sworn before me
November i7th, 1699.