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The 'Luxborough' Galley Burnt Right Down

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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The ‘Luxborough’ galley, captained by William Kellaway, carried slaves for the South Sea Company. She was lost between the Caribbean and England on the third part of the infamous Triangular Trade. She left England in October 1725 for Cabinda in West Africa, on the first leg of the triangular route. Here the captain exchanged his cargo of Indian cottons and trade goods for 600 slaves. During the second leg of the triangle, between Africa and the Caribbean, eight crew and 203 Africans died of smallpox before arriving in Jamaica in October 1726. After selling the surviving slaves, the ‘Luxborough’ galley left Jamaica in May 1727 for England, loaded with rum and sugar. On 25th June 1727 she was accidentally set on fire when a keg of rum in the spirit room burst and the ship caught fire and sank.

National Maritime Museum

London


Date

1760

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 49.5 x W 65 cm

Accession number

BHC2386

Acquisition method

National Maritime Museum (Greenwich Hospital Collection)

Work type

Painting


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