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12 June 1770

Tuesday 12th Fortunatly we had little ^wind fine weather and a smooth Sea all these 24 hours, which in the PM gave us an oppertunity to carry out the two bower Anchors  the one on the Starboard quarter and the other right a stern- got blocks and tackles upon the Cables and brought the falls in a baft and hove taught-  by this time it was 5 oClock in the PM, the tide we observed now begun to rise, and the leak increased upon ^us which obliged us to set the 3rd Pump to work as we should have done the 4th also but could not make it work —

At 9 oClock the Ship righted and the leak gaind upon the Pumps considerably‡  however I resolv'd to resk all and heave her off in case it was — practical and accordingly turnd as many hands to the Capstan & windlass as could be spared from the Pumps and about 20' past 10 ^oClock the Ship floated and we hove her into deep water having at this time 3 feet 9 Inches water in the hold - ^This done I sent the Long boat to weigh ^take up the stream anchor - got the Anchor but lost the Cable among the rocks, after this turn'd all hands to the Pumps the leak increasing upon us.† but before 8 oClock in the AM Morn^ing they the pumps gain'd ^considerably upon the leak. In the Morning ^We now hove up the best bower but found it impossible to save the small bower so cut it away at a whole Cable - got up the fore topmast and fore yard warped the Ship to the SE and at a 11 got under Sail and Stood in for the land with a light breeze at ESE some hands employ'd sewing ockam wool &Ca into a lower Studding sail to fother the Ship. others emplo'd at the Pumps which still gain'd upon the leak —

‡This was an alarming and I may dsay terrible, circumstance and threatend immidiate destruction to us as soon as the Ship was afloat

† A Mistake soon after happened which for the first time caused fear to operate upon every man in the Ship, the man which attend the well took ye depth of water above the ceiling, he being relieved by another who did not know in what manner the former had sounded, took the depth of water from the out side plank the difference being 16 or 18 Inches and made it appear that the leak had gain'd this upon the pumps in a short time; this mistake was no sooner clear'd up than acted upon every man like a charm, they redoubled their Vigour in so much that

 


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