His description is surprisingly matter-of-fact, considering what he had been through over the five and a half weeks since he had fled Worcester. But maybe he was recalling that after so many failures he couldn’t quite believe he was really about to make his escape. Or maybe his recollection of the actual news is a little off, as according to Colonel Phelipps he informed Dr. Henchman of the plan, and “the same evening, Dr. Henchman went to Heale to give notice of the success and to prepare the King to bee ready at the meadow-gate opening into the river, where Coll. Philipps would bee by three of the clock in the morning with a leade-horse for the King.”
|The coal-brig Surprise by Willem van Velder the Elder|
after Charles converted it to a yacht which he kept moored near Whitehall
A small coal-brig usually used for fairly short trips out of a tiny place like Shoreham was probably not the kind of vessel Charles had first thought of when he conceived the idea of escaping from England by sea, but it was probably better that he would travel that way than in a larger ship from a more prominent port, which were much more conspicuous and likely to be searched.
|An old print of a collier, or coal-brig, unloading|
According to a post by Iain MacFarlaine, (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8546308), Tattersall or Tettersell in later years bought the Old Ship Inn and was High Constable of Brighthelmstone. Mr. MacFarlainen posted the photo below of the churchyard of St. Nicholas Church in Brighton where Tettersell is buried.
|Iain MacFarlaine's caption to this photo says|
"Captain Tettersell's grave is just to the left of the red door."
|Iain MacFarlaine's photo of Tattersall's gravestone|