Slave Ship Middle Passage Stowage Diagram 1788
The Brookes Ship was a Slave Ship plying the Middle Passage over the Atlantic that delivered slaves to the New World.
This document was commissioned in 1788 by a United Kingdom group called the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade. They thought if more people could see the horrific conditions of the trade, then there would be an outcry against it.
It depicts a typical slave ship cargo arrangement and the cold, calculating inhumanity of it. Up close, it displays men, women, and children packed in side-by-side like sardines in a tin. It is clear by this document that Slave Companies and their ship masters objective was to maximize profit by packing in as many human cargo as possible. It is known that maximum occupancy was often exceeded. In fact, on this document they discuss that Africans were positioned and locked down SPOONWISE stowing one within the distended legs of the other.
The print became a powerful, iconic image of the inhumanity of the slave trade.
A conservator quality restoration from an original at the Library of Congress with an objective of maximizing presentation.
March 3rd, 2013
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