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The Borrowdale was a First Fleet storeship of 272 tons, built in Sunderland in 1785. She left Portsmouth on 13 May 1787, and arrived at Port Jackson, Sydney, Australia on 26 January 1788. She left Port Jackson on 14 July 1788 to return to England via Cape Horn. The crew was so badly affected by scurvy that the master, Hobson Reed, took her to Rio de Janeiro, where the harbour master and his men had to bring the ship to its berth. Five of the crew died on the homeward voyage.
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