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William Allen

 

was a member of the crew of the Friendship, which after being discharged by Governor Phillip in July 1788, sailed to China in company with the Alexander, to take on cargoes for the East India Company. By September 1788, scurvy was so rife that only Allen and four other crew members were capable of duty. The crew of the Alexander was equally debilitated by scurvy and the two masters agreed to scuttle the Friendship, the smaller vessel, and to sail on from Borneo to Batavia with a combined crew. Batavia was reached without further mishap, though the crew was so weak it could not furl the sails.

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