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January 1791

January. 12th.:1792. After having refitted the Ship & waited several days for the recovery of the Sick, we were under the necessity of leaving 5 of them at the Hospital; the others were taken on board but by no means perfectly recover'd: The Wind being unfavorable it was the 18th. before we could get to Sea. At Noon Passing Roben Island. Whilst we were at the Cape: We fitted the Spare Main TopMt. for a Mizen Mast & got down the TrySail Mast & Gaft as the Vessel was in want of After Sail: Having experienced that She was considerably over Masted, we reef'd both the TopMast 4 feet & made some other necessary alterations for the security of the Masts. We had the Wind from the So. to the SW till in the Latde. of 23° when we got the SE Trade which in general was Moderate & fair weather: Made the Island of St,Helena the 4th of February & Anchored off James's view facsimile

Valley at Noon the same day. In standing towards St.Helena, it is best to keep to the SE of the Island before you get close in with it. It may be approached without fear. The only Landing places are on the NW side of the Island & the anchoring ground off the Town being not more than One Mile & the outer edge of the bank not more than two Miles, it is necessary to keep the shore close aboard as you haul round the NE end of the Island (Barn Pt.) which you may know coming from the SE by a very ragged hill on the Et side & about a Mile to the So.ward of it, with a small Sugar Loaf top & a look out house on it, where they hoist Signal Flags & shew balls; before you get the length of that Hill, you will see the top of Sugar Loaf Hill with a Flag & Fort on it shewing over the Land between this look out & Barn Pt. When you pass Barn Pt. which you may do at a Cables length distance haul close up for Sugar Loaf Pt. which runs steep down to the Sea from the Fort beforemention'd & is about 2 Miles to the Wt.ward of Barn Point. It is necessary to keep close in with Sugar Loaf Pt. if the Trade wind is fresh, otherwise I think not nearer than 1/2 a Mile as the Wind baffles very much when the Trade is not brisk: As you approach Sugar Loaf Pt. you open the Road, which bears from it about SWbW p. Compass: between 2 & 3 Miles.

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