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1 May 1771

Week Ds Mo Ds Winds Courses Distce Sail'd Lat. in South Longd in West  
May 1771       Miles °   ..    ' °    ..     '  
Wednesday 1st SE          

Fresh Trade and pleasent weather - At 6 in the AM Saw the Island of St Helena bearing West distant 8 or 9 Leagues — At Noon Anchord in the Road before James Fort in 24 fathom water - Found riding here His Majestys Ship Portland. Swallow Sloop and 12 sail of Indiamen. At our first seeing this fleet in the Road we were took it for granted that it was a war, but in this we were soon agreeably deceived — The Europa Indiaman Anchor'd here a little before us, she saild from the Cape two days after us and brings an account the French Ship we saw behind T standing into Table Bay was a French Man of War of 64 Guns bound to India and that there ^more were ^were more on their passage

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