By Bruce L. Mouser
"Of the loads of logbooks and journals i've got tested, this can be the main priceless for the slave alternate in western Africa.... [Mouser's] exhaustive history examine and modifying are exemplary." -- George BrooksCaptain Samuel Gamble's log comprises the checklist of a slaving enterprise to Africa and Jamaica that almost failed. it's the best firsthand narratives of the slave exchange 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 delivery them on the market in Kingston, Jamaica. Gamble describes transport initially of the Anglo-French warfare in 1793, naval and nautical systems for the English-African-West Indian exchange, and the slave-trading styles and associations at the African coast and at Kingston, Jamaica. He recounts to boot a yellow fever epidemic that swept the Atlantic and crippled trade on each side of the sea. Mouser's wide annotations position Gamble's account in old context and clarify for the reader Gamble's observations on trade, disorder, and African peoples alongside the higher Guinea coast.
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Monday 25th Do Fresh gales from the SW with cloudy Wr. ] Mr Jms Limeburner51 being call’d on his Majestys Service on board the Sirdes [Ceres]52 to take the Duke of York to Williamstat in Holland with 1800 of the Guards. y Fresh gales from the WSW with cloudy wr and heavy storms of hail. waiting for a protection,53 and the embargo taken of[f]. Wednesday 27th Ditto Wr. ] ten East Indiamen lying here, besides his Majesty’s ship the Flora55 and a great number of outward bound Merchantmen[,] outward bound East Merchantmen.
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69v) would be sold at Freetown, indicating that some may have been intended as marketable cargo once the Sandown reached the African coast. 13. See Figure No. 1, “Ship’s Sails, Rigging, Terms,” which shows the masts, yards, and sails of a vessel similar to the Sandown and typical for the time. 14. Gunpowder sent to the African coast was generally of a poor quality, yet it was highly sought on the Windward Coast. This trade good would also have been carried for defensive purposes, especially at a time when war was being rumored with France and when privateers were expected to be active along the African coast (see entry dated 19 March 1793).
A Slaving Voyage to Africa and Jamaica: The Log of the Sandown, 1793-1794 by Bruce L. Mouser