By Bruce L. Mouser
"Of the loads of logbooks and journals i've got tested, this can be the main important for the slave alternate in western Africa.... [Mouser's] exhaustive heritage learn and modifying are exemplary." -- George BrooksCaptain Samuel Gamble's log includes the list of a slaving enterprise to Africa and Jamaica that just about failed. it truly is the best firsthand narratives of the slave exchange to outlive. Bruce Mouser's faithfully transcribed and punctiliously annotated version of Gamble's log offers a haunting point of view on slave buying and selling on the finish of the 18th century. Gamble used to be 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 delivery them on the market in Kingston, Jamaica. Gamble describes delivery at the start of the Anglo-French conflict in 1793, naval and nautical approaches for the English-African-West Indian exchange, 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 vast annotations position Gamble's account in old context and clarify for the reader Gamble's observations on trade, sickness, and African peoples alongside the higher Guinea coast.
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Steel’s List . . 1794, 9, listed the Iris as a frigate of 32 guns. 45. It was customary practice that if a merchant ship had not received written approval (protection from impressment) to recruit seamen, those seamen on board such a vessel were liable for involuntary draft into the British navy. In this case, with many ships collecting at harbor to join a convoy out to sea and with many not yet having ofﬁcial “protection” to recruit seamen for the voyage, Royal Navy vessels could impress seamen at will.
For the ﬁrst and middle part. ] at 4 PM pass’d the Edgar103 74 [guns] with a prize in tow a Spanish Galleon worth One Million Sterling. had been taken by a French Privateer and retaken by the Edgar who captain’d the Privateer like wise, after she had plunderd the Spaniard of £400,000 in Spices. ] all thats remarkable. ] at 1 PM the Sandown bore SWBS Cape Cornwall EBN and the Long Ships EBS 3 Miles distance. at same time a Falmouth Packet104 gave information that he saw two French Privateers to the Wd of us.
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A Slaving Voyage to Africa and Jamaica: The Log of the Sandown, 1793-1794 by Bruce L. Mouser