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February – March 1791

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A small distance to the So.ward pf Sugar Loaf Pt. is Rupert's Valley (or rather Gulley) off which you have Anchorage if press'd to it: The hill forming this Valley to the SW also forms James's Valley to the NE: It has a square Fort near the Water & another Fort or Battery on the top & is called Munden's Pt. The Anchoring ground is off James's Valley. 12 or 15 fm. is a very good birth, you will then be rather more than 1/4 of a Mile from the beach. I would recommend always to Moor, or steady with the Stream, being subject to have strong flaws off the Land & between those flaws, baffling Winds from all quarters. . We found Watering very convenient; there being a Wharf & Crane built farther out than that one formerly used for the purpose, & proper Moorings laid down off it for a Boat to go & lay with Stoppers to veer in & haul out occasionally by Stern & Head Ropes: the Boat lays in deep Water, & the Crane projecting well over the Boat the Empty Casks are got up & full ones struck over, with great ease & expedition. It very seldom happens that the Surf is so great as to prevent Watering, but that may always be seen. On coming in with Sugar Loaf Pt.; it is necessary to send a Boat a head & inform the Fort which is near the Water on the Pt. what Ship it is, & they convey that information       view facsimile

as to the Nation, Force &c. by Signals to James Valley. Capt Hunter was saluted with 11 Guns on his going on Shore & on embarking to go to Sea. We found every thing very scarce & dear except Fish, occasioned by their having had two very dry Seasons following. Variation Obsn. in the Road. 15°:30′W

Monday. 13th: at 3 PM. Sailed from St.Helena & passed to the Wt.ward of Ascension the 20th. : We saw a Ship in close but did not speak with her: The SE Trade did not fail us till the 1st of March We cross'd the Line the 27th of Febry. in 22°:18′W Longitude, & kept the Trade fresh till the 1st.March when it became Light & variable & sometimes Squally before we got into the NE Trade which we did on the 5th of March in Latde. 5°:09′No. & 25 °Wt. Longitude. We were carried to the Westward to 46 degrees of Longitude & in the Parallel of 28 1/2° No. Latitude; when on the 30th March, the Wind back'd round to the Et.ward & SE & soon became Variable as generally found in the Western Ocean.

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