Référence : [0356-045 à 0356-048] Prise du François-Louis dans la Manche en 1762
Titre: Prise du François-Louis dans la Manche en 1762
Résumé : Au début du mois de septembre 1762, un bâtiment français, le François-Louis, quitte Saint-Malo avec des renforts destinés à Terre-Neuve. Le bâtiment se fait capturer dans la Manche. Voici les folios 45 à 48 (du dossier "François-Louis") qui donnent les 20 questions standards posées aux officiers.
Lieux d'archivage : Archives Nationales du Canada (Ottawa)

mise à jour: 22 avril 2006

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On Behalf of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the Second, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith,

To all Commanders, Masters, Officers, Mariners, and others, of any Ship, Vessel, Goods, or Merchandizes, which have been, or shall be seized, or taken as Prize, by any [of His Majisty's Ships of War] and to such other Persons, who shall be brought to be examined in Preparatory.

FIRST, Let each Witness be interrogated to every of the follewing Questions, and their Answers to each severally wrote down as where was you born? and where have you lived for these seven Years past? where do you now live? and how long have you lived in that Place? to what Prince or State are you, or have you ever been a Subject? and of what Cities or Towns have you been admitted a Burgher, or Freeman? and at what Time you was so admitted?

2. Interrogate, Was you present at the Time of taking and seizing the Ship and her Lading, or any of the Goods or Merchandizes, concerning which you are now examined? if not, how and when was you first made acquainted therewith? and had the Ship concerning which you are now examined, any Commission for War from any, and what Prince or State?

3. Interrogate, In what Place, Latitude, or Port, and in what Year, Month, and Day, was the Ship or Goods, concerning which you are now examined, taken and seized? upon what Pretence, and for what Reasons were they seized? Into what Place or Port were they carried, and under the Colours of what Kingdom or State did the said Ship sail?  was any Resistance made at the Time when the said Ship was taken? and if yea, how many Guns were fired, and by whom, and by what Ship or Ships were you taken? was such Vessel a ship of War, Privateer, or a Vessel acting without any Commission as you believe. 

4. Interrogate, What is the Name of the Master or Commander, of the Ship or Vessel taken? how long have you know the said Master, and who appointed him to the Command of the said Ship? where did such Master take Possession of her, and what was the Name of the Person who delivered the Possession to the said Master? where doth he live? where is the said Master's fix'd Place of Abode? how long hath he lived there? where was he born? and of what Prince or State is he now a Subject? is he married? if yea, where do his Wife and Family reside?

5. Interrogate, Of what Tonnage or Burthen is the Ship which has been taken? what was the Number of Mariners, and of what Country were the said Seamen or Mariners? did they all come on board at the same Port, or different Ports, and who shipp'd or hired them, and when and where?

6. Interrogate, Had you, or any of the Officers or Mariners belonging to the Ship or Vessel concerning which you are now examined, any, and what Part, Share or Interest in the said Ship or in any of her Lading? if yea, set forth who, and what Goods or Interest you or they have? did you belong to the said Ship or Vessel at the Time she was seized and taken? in what Capacity did you belong to her? how long have you known her? when and where did you first see her, and where was she built?

7. Interrogate, What is the Name of the said Ship? how long hath she been so called? do you know of any other Name or Names by which she hath been called? if yea, what were they? had she any Passport or Sea Brief on board, and from what Prince or State? to what Ports or Places was the said Ship or Vessel bound in her Voyage? to and from what Ports and Places did she sail during her said Voyage before she was taken? where did her last Voyage begin, and where was the said Voyage to have ended? set forth the Quality of every Caorgo the Ship hath carried from the Date of her Passport to the Time of her Capture, and what Ports such Cargoes have been delivered at.

8. Interrogate, What Lading did the said Ship carry at the Time of her first setting sail in her last Voyage, and what particular sort of Lading and Goods had she on board at the Time when she was taken? in what Year and in what Month was the same put on board? set forth the different Species of the Lading, and the Quantities of each Sort.

9. Interrogate, Who were the Owners of the Ship or Vessel, concerning which you are now examined, at the Time when she was seized? how do you know that they were the Owners of the said Ship at that Time? of what Nation or Country are such Owners by Birth? where do they reside, and where do their Wives and Families reside? to what Prince or State are they Subjects?

10. Interrogate, Was any Bill of Sale made to the aforesaid Owners of the said Ship, and if any such was made, in what Month and Year, where, and in the Presence of what Witnesses was such Bill of Sale made, where did you last see it, and what is become of it?

11. Interrogate, Was the said Lading put on board in one Port and at one Time, or at several Ports and at several Times, and at what Ports by Name? set forth what Quantities of each sort of Goods were shipp'd at each Port.

12. Interrogate, What are the Names of the respective Laders or Owners of the said Goods? what Countrymen are they? where do they now live and carry on their Business or Trade, and where were the said Goods to be delivered? Can you take upon yourself to swear that you believe, that at the Time of lading the Cargo, and at the present Time, and also if the Goods shall be restored and unladen at the destined Ports, the Goods did, do, and will belong to the same Persons, and to none others.

13. Interrogate, How many Bills of Lading were signed for the Goods seized on board the said Ship? were any of those Bills of Lading colourable, or were any Bills of Lading sign'd which were of a different Tenor from those which were on board the Ship at the Time when she was taken? what were the Contents of such other Bills of Lading, and what became of them?

14. Interrogate, Are there in Great Britain any Bills of Lading, Invoices, Letters or Instruments, relative to the Ship or Goods concerning which you are now examined? if yea, set forth where they are, and in whose Possession, and what are the Purport thereof, and when they were brought or sent into this Kingdom?

15. Interrogate, Was there any Charter party sign'd for the Voyage in which the Ship, concerning which you are now examined, was seized and taken? what became thereof? when, where, and between whom, was such Charterparty made, and what were the Contents of it?

16. Interrogate, What Papers, Bills of Lading, Letters, or other Writings, were Oboard the Ship at the Time she took her Departure from her last clearing Port, before her being taken as Prize? were any, of them afterwards burnt, torn, thrown overboard, destroyed, or concealed ; an when, and by whom, and who was then present?

17. Interrogate, Has the ship, concerning which you are examined, been at any Time, and when seized, as Prize, and condemned as such? if yea, set forth into what Port she was carried, and by whom and by what Authority, and on what Account or Reason she was condemned?

18. Interrogate, Have you sustained any Loss by the seizing and taking the said Ship, concerning which you are examined? if yea, in what Manner do you compute such your Loss? Have you already received any Indemnity, Satisfaction, or Promise of Satisfaction, for any Part of the Damage which you have sustained, or may sustain by this Capture and Detention, and when, and from whom?

19. Interrogate, Is the said Ship or Goods, or any, and what Part, insured, and in what Country? if yea, for what Voyage is such Insurance made, and at what Premium, and when was such Insurance made?

20. Interrogate, In Case you had arrived at your destined Port, would your Cargo, or any Part thereof, on being unladen, have immediately become the Property of the Consignee; or any other Person, and whom; or was the Lader to take the Chance of the Market for the Sale of his Goods.