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Aside from a formal order to accompany a convoy, there is this regulation under "Captain or Commander":

"XXXIX. When he is to sail from one Port to another in Time of War, or Appearance of War, he is to give timely Notice to the Masters of Merchant-ships bound his Way, and take such of them under his Care and Protection, as shall be desirous and ready to accompany him, but not to make any unnecessary Stay, or deviate from his Orders upon that Account. He is to give the said Ships, as also to such others as he shall meet with in his Passage, safe Convoy towards the Ports whereto they are bound, as far as his and their way lie together."

The above is from Regulations and Instructions Relating to His Majesty's Service at Sea (13th edition, 1790).

This explains the numerous accounts of convoys listed in The Times "Ship News" sections.

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From The Times, January 22, 1799, reference Portsmouth news:

"....We have pleasure to state, that this morning passed by the Isle of Wight for the Downs, his Majesty's Ship Endymion, Capt. Sir THOMAS WILLIAMS, from Oporto, with 75 sail of merchant ships under her convoy...."

What was average size of convoys; does anyone know? Perhaps the good Sir Thomas had some whippers-in. :)

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The Times, December 20th, 1803:

" .... A private letter from Gibraltar states, that the Monmouth and Ambuscade men of war, were in daily expectation of sailing for England, with the Mediterranean convoy, which was expected to arrive at Gibraltar every hour. ....."






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