By Bruce L. Mouser
"Of the loads of logbooks and journals i've got tested, this is often the main important for the slave exchange in western Africa.... [Mouser's] exhaustive heritage study and modifying are exemplary." -- George BrooksCaptain Samuel Gamble's log comprises the list of a slaving enterprise to Africa and Jamaica that just about failed. it truly is the best firsthand narratives of the slave alternate to outlive. Bruce Mouser's faithfully transcribed and punctiliously annotated variation of Gamble's log presents a haunting viewpoint 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 top Guinea in West Africa to shop for slaves and shipping them on the market in Kingston, Jamaica. Gamble describes delivery at the start of the Anglo-French warfare in 1793, naval and nautical strategies for the English-African-West Indian exchange, and the slave-trading styles and associations at the African coast and at Kingston, Jamaica. He recounts besides a yellow fever epidemic that swept the Atlantic and crippled trade on each side of the sea. Mouser's broad 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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Receiv’d on board 2 fm ﬁre wood at 16/. ]64 nothing more remarkable. Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th Moderate breezes from the SE with pleasant 56. Ships carried various cables, but generally these were called after the type of anchor used: bower-cable, stream-cable. The term “cable” is somewhat misleading, because these were not made of metal until later. Cables were made of hemp or twine and varied in size depending on their intended use and the weight of the anchor or ship. Large ships required large cables that could often be very heavy and require signiﬁcant space on the ship’s deck for storage when the ship was making sail or moving.
76. In this instance, “Press Gallery” probably referred to naval ofﬁcials who came to check their “protection to ship” crew members and to establish allowable numbers for seamen on board the Sandown. 77. Permission to employ twenty men and two boys had been given the Sandown. Any above that number would be subject to impressment. See PRO ADM 7/374, Register of Protections from being pressed, that indicates that the Sandown of London, 151 tons, “bound for Africa & West Indies,” was issued a certiﬁcate of “protection” on 29 March 1793.
At 10 AM received [one word undecipherable] favor of Mr Iggelsdan Deal from London the letter of Marque91 ﬁnding no Convoy only one to the Museum, London]) named sixteen of these buoys as existing in 1790. Those listed by Stanier are marked with [*] in the text. 91. A Letter of Marque was an ofﬁcial document that provided a vessel with the legal right to seize merchantmen belonging to foreign countries as prizes. See Gomer Williams, History of the Liverpool Privateers and Letters of Marque (1897/New York: A.