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Anthony Deane, Nelson’s favourite: HMS Agamemnon at War 1781-1809 (London, 1996) has her being picked up after launch & towed by two oared vessels. First stop was the standard anchorage a short distance away at Fiddler’s Reach, where they overnighted, then over the next few days to Portsmouth. He quotes as reference Agamemnon Master’s logbooks at ADM52/2113 (TNA Kew), which should be worth checking.
Back then access to the Solent was rather easier than it is now, as there was a short cut across the spit, known as Bull’s Run. Thereafter they would have worked the tides, rather than working against them as so many do these days. Note that without masts and spars windage would have been very much reduced, thus making the hull easier to tow, and not requiring the heavy anchors that she would use in service.