Thursday, 11th. Steady fresh breezes and clear weather. At 2 in the P.M. saw the Lizardland, and at 6 o’clock the lighthouse bore North-West, distant 5 Leagues, we being at this time, by my reckoning, in the Longitude of 5 degrees 30 minutes West; soon after 2 Ships under their Topsails between us and the land, which we took for Men of War. At 7 o’clock in the morning the Start Point bore North-West by North, distant 3 Leagues, and at Noon we reckon’d ourselves about 5 Leagues short of Portland. This Forenoon a small cutter built vessel came under our Stern, and inquir’d after the India Fleet, which, they said, they were cruizing for and had not seen.
July 11, 2014
Thursday, 11th July, 1771