Thursday, 11th July, 1771

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.

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