The practice, proceedings, and lawes of armes described out of the doings of most valiant and expert captaines, and confirmed both by ancient, and moderne examples, and præcedents, by Matthevv Sutcliffe.
Sutcliffe, Matthew, 1550?-1629.

CHAP. XXI. Part. 6. Wherein there is conteined certaine orders concerning aduētures at sea.

1 WHere men do aduenture at sea vpon their owne charge, there the prises taken are to be diuided into three parts, whereof the first belongeth to the ship and captaine, the second to the victual∣lers, the third to the souldiers and marriners, (Some allot a third part to the ship alone, but there seemeth therein to be no iust proportion.) If by reason of the charge otherwise then is ordinary bestowed, other agreement bee made, the same is to be obserued and kept.

2 Where two or more do ioyne in consort, the diuision of the prize shal be made according to the composition that is made a∣mong them: if none be made according to the greatnes and good∣nes of the ships and furniture: prouided alwayes, that where a ship is forced, those that first boord her, and doe most valiantly, be first rewarded, and their hurtes, and losses repaired at the common charge.

3 Al aduenturers that ioyne in consort, and submit themselues to one mans gouernement or to more, shall to them yeelde obe∣dience, and of them receiue iustice according to the laws of armes, and customes of sea gouernement.