Gardiner was an Agent for Transports by Navy Board and stationed at the Meditterranean Coast of Spain & Portugal from Jul 1794 until Oct 1797
The Transport Board was set up in 1794 to handle the business of transports and to relieve the Navy Board of a time-consuming task. There had been an earlier Board of Transports between 1689 and 1724.
The establishment of the new Board was based on experience gained in the War of American Independence and was strongly supported by Sir Charles Middleton (later Lord Barham), the former Controller of the Navy. By 1806 the Board had taken over the business of the Sick and Hurt Board and had also assumed responsibility for Prisoners of War. It was abolished in 1817 with its business being taken over by the Navy Board once again.
In terms of the Transport Service, the Board was responsible for ?the hiring and appropriating of Ships and Vessels for the conveyance of Troops and Baggage, Victualling, Ordnance, Barrack, Commissariate, Naval and Military Stores of all kinds, Convicts and Stores to New South Wales and a variety of miscellaneous services such as the provision of Stores and a great variety of Articles for the Military Department in Canada and many Articles of Stores for the Cape of Good Hope and other Stations?.
There were resident Agents of the Board at domestic ports and at foreign ports frequented by transports. There were also agents afloat who travelled with the transports.See also Wikipedia