By Bruce L. Mouser
"Of the masses of logbooks and journals i've got tested, this can be the main worthwhile for the slave exchange in western Africa.... [Mouser's] exhaustive heritage examine and enhancing are exemplary." -- George BrooksCaptain Samuel Gamble's log includes the checklist of a slaving enterprise to Africa and Jamaica that almost failed. it truly is the best firsthand narratives of the slave alternate to outlive. Bruce Mouser's faithfully transcribed and thoroughly annotated version of Gamble's log presents a haunting point of view on slave buying and selling on the finish of the 18th century. Gamble was once captain of the British service provider Sandown. in the course of 1793--1794, the send launched into a advertisement enterprise from England to higher Guinea in West Africa to shop for slaves and shipping them on the market in Kingston, Jamaica. Gamble describes delivery initially of the Anglo-French conflict in 1793, naval and nautical systems for the English-African-West Indian alternate, and the slave-trading styles and associations at the African coast and at Kingston, Jamaica. He recounts in addition a yellow fever epidemic that swept the Atlantic and crippled trade on either side of the sea. Mouser's huge annotations position Gamble's account in old context and clarify for the reader Gamble's observations on trade, affliction, and African peoples alongside the higher Guinea coast.
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According to Steel’s Original and Correct List of the Royal Navy ([London: D. Steel, 1794], 9, hereafter cited as Steel’s List . . 1794), the only online vessel of this description was the Hind, a vessel of 28 guns. “& Cutter,” in this case, may refer to a smaller vessel, a “cutter,” that was attached to the Hind. 42. ” MacInnes (“Slave Trade,” 263–264) noted that the “principals” in the trade might 10 A Slaving Voyage Receiv’d on board 21 Puncheons Brittish Brandy43 Stow’d it in the after Hold.
Trimming referred to adjusting the sails properly to take best advantage of the wind on the course desired; trimming usually involved bracing the yard arms. The sails had to be trimmed during tacking or altering course in other ways, such as falling off or jibing. Frequent trimming was also required because most lines were made of hemp, which stretched or contracted depending on climate, humidity, or wind force. 47. A longboat was generally the largest boat carried by a ship with a single mast, rigged fore-and-aft, with a single headsail.
The Sandown had several swine on board that were producing manure. 108. See Steel’s List . . 1794, 10, for Latona, a vessel of 38 guns. 109. Steel’s List . . 1794 did not list the Ulysses as online in 1794, although it was listed in 1793 (18) as a vessel of 44 guns. 26 A Slaving Voyage First part of these 24 Hours fresh Gales with Squalls and rain Middle part a fresh breeze Latter part moderate do with pleasant weather.