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January 1789

Thursday Jan.y. 1st.: Having had some very good observations of the [sun] & [moon], we stood in for the land till 12 at night, then off till 2 AM & at 4 saw the Table land Sb E 13 leagues.

At Noon Do. SbE 8 Leag's.. Wind variable

By [sun] & [moon ] the preceding day brought on by Timekeeper. SSE 7 Leag's. The Timekeeper on making the land appear'd to be 11/2 degree too far to the Et'ward.

Friday. 2nd . At 4 P.M. Finding we could not weather Roben Island, we bore away & at 5 Anchored on the NE side of it in 9fm. Flag at the Fort W. N. end of the Island NW. So. end SWbW off shore 3/4 of a mile; An officer was sent on shore to the Island but the Commandant not speaking English (and would not allow the slaves who could to come up) very little information could be got. He ordered Bread, many sorts of Friut & Vegetables to be put into our Boat for the use of the sick view facsimile

& very politely requested, if we had not an immediate opportunity of getting up to Table Bay, that we could accept as a testimony of his good wishes all that his garden could afford, the fruit and vegetables which he sent to out boat afforded a very seasonable releif to those poor wretches who were in the last stage of the Scurvy & with the knowledge that we were now within reach of the means of releif saved several of their lives; we had 40 Men not able to move & 10 who kept watch that were deprived of the use of one arm or leg with the Scurvy, the whole Ships Company were weakly & affected by the disorder in some degree; we lost 3 men the passage 2 of them just as we came in the with land: At daylight nest morning weighed & made sail up to Table Bay, where we moored at 10 O'clock we found a Dutch Frigate & several Merchant Ships of different nations but not one English among the whole: An officer from the Dutch Frigate came on b'd. to pay respects for his captain to the English Man of War, this Compliment & the great hospitality we rec'd. from the Commandant of Roben Island was very different to what we experienced on our passage out last year, which alteration we were at a loss to account for until the return of the Officer who had been sent to wait on the Governor when we heard of the changes in Europe & the new Alliances that had been made: We had not the least view facsimile

account of any of our Transports which sailed from Port Jackson for England near 3 months before we did.

Sunday: 4th : The sick were landed, a House without the Town toward the Lions Rump being hired for that purpose.

Monday 5th : A Dutch Ship arrived from Rio Janiero, they informed us that two of our Transports, the P′re. of Wales & Borrowdale were there when she sailed; the P′re. of Wales had lost her Bowsprit, the Master and great part of the people were dead & the rest in such a state that when the Harbor Master went on board her, he was obliged to take his Boats Crew to get her into an Anchor: the Borrowdale did not arrive there for sometime after the P′re. of Wales, nor had she suffer'd so much.

Wednesday 7. In a strong SE gale our Bt.Br. Cable parted, we brought up immediately with the Sheet.

Sunday. 11th . Having started all the salt water & got all the lumber & weight out of the Ship that was to be landed: Heel'd Ship to examine the leaks; found a large bolt hole, the bolt having been eaten entirely through. We found two other spike nail holes through the skirting boards, plugged & secured them all & we found the Ship did not make much water afterwards.

Monday. 19th . A Dutch Frigate arrived from Batavia, had been 37 days out; they informed us that the Alexander Transport, Lieut. Shortland Agent was there: He with the view facsimile

Alexander & Friendship persever'd in the passage to the No'ward when the P′re. of Wales & Borrowdale parted Co. off Port Stephens. In the streights of Macassar they were in so distress'd a situation from sickness as to be under the necessity of sinking the Friendship that with both Crews they might be able to Navigate the Alexander & when she arrived at Batavia the Dutch Frigate that gives us this account sent an Officer & people on board her to furl the Sails & secure the Ship; They continued on board with some people from an English East Indiaman to refit the rigging & while their own miserable Crew were landed for their recovery: when this Ship left Batavia the Alexander was fitted ready for Sea & waited only for the recovery of her people.

Tuesday. 27th . Came in a Portuguese Ship, that had been blown out of this Bay & kept at Sea 5 weeks in a wretched situation having but few of the Crew on board when she drove to Sea & 400 Slaves all sickly & of which they did not bring in 100 again.

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