HMS Marlborough

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This is a storyboard about the Triangular Slave Trade. This is the story of HMS Marlborough and the rebellion of the slaves

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  • The 4th Journey
  • Lougher and Co.
  • Leaving Great Britain
  • Slave Uprising
  • HMS Marlborough was owned by William Lougher and Co. who were based in Bristol. The ship was captained by Captain Codd and set sail on it's 4th and final slaving voyage in March 1752. It called at Anamaboe and Bonny on the West African coast
  • Back to Bonny
  • By October, 420 slaves had been purchased, and the captain set out across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. Three days after leaving Bonny off the coast of West Africa, the ship was taken over by the enslaved Africans on board.
  • A Severe Loss
  • The captain used 28 of the slaves from the Gold Coast of West Africa to help sail the ship. These slaves led a successful uprising, or rebellion, when all the slaves were brought up on deck for washing. Several of the crew were killed in the fighting, and the remainder were made to sail the ship back to Bonny, in West Africa, by the enslaved Africans.
  • A Normal Accident
  • Then the slaves from the areas of Bonny and the Gold Coast fought amongst themselves about returning home, and several were killed. The slaves from Bonny were sent ashore at Bonny, and the remaining seven crew set off with the other slaves for the Gold Coast. The ship and the crew were never seen again.
  • This voyage resulted in a loss to the owners. The money invested in the ship, trade goods and slaves was lost. The slaves from Bonny were free (although some may have been enslaved again later). It is not known whether the Gold Coast slaves reached home and freedom.
  • Slave uprisings on ships were often recorded in local newspapers.
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