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March 1787

Friday. March 2nd: 210 Convicts arrived at Portsmouth in Waggons under a Guard of Light Horse, but it blowing a Gale of wind at SW. they could not be taken off to the Transports, they were carried on board the Gorgon lying in Blockhouse Hole, under charge of the Guard ships Boats: Sunday morn.g it became moderate, they were taken to the Motherbank in Sailing Lighters belonging to the Dock Yard & put on board the Alexander & Scarborough Transports. The 8th.

We received 3 Anchors in lieu of the Bowers & Spare Anchor which we had before found very insufficient to ride the Ship in a Gale of wind: the 9th Camp Equipage for 660 Tents were rec.d & distributed to the different Ships. The 15th. the Friendship Transport arrived from Plymouth & the Charlotte the next day both which had taken their proportion of Men & Women Convicts at Plymouth.

The greater part of the Convicts on board the Alexander having been view facsimile

embarked near 8 months & being rather sickly it was judged necessary that she should be smoked & whitewash'd; for this purpose two deck'd Lighters were furnish'd from the Dock Yard to receive such of the Convicts as it was necessary to remove while it was doing. The 23rd the Essex Hulk was order'd to be fitted to receive those Convicts, but the Alexander being well clean'd, whitewash'd, smoked & spunged with Oil of Tar & the sick recovering fast it was not judged necessary to use a Hulk or even to keep both Lighters, one of which was returned & the other kept for the their being whitewash'd, which number was so trifling that this Lighter was also returned as soon as most of the Alexander's sick had recover'd.

The 24th. Our Complement of Seamen was filled up with Volunteers from the Guard ships.

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