Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Voyage of the Slave Ship Sally: 1764-1765

The Voyage of the Slave Ship Sally: 1764-1765

In 1764, a one hundred ton ship called the Sally set sail from Providence, Rhode Island to West Africa on a slaving voyage. The vessel was owned by Nicholas Brown and Company, which was a local merchant firm run by four brothers. The records of this particular venture are preserved in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University and this remarkable website offers all of the records that remain from this journey. First-time visitors should peruse the "History" area to read a few thematic essays on different aspects of the Sally's journey, which cover topics like "On the African Coast", "The Middle Passage", and "Fitting out the Sally". After that, they should visit "The Documents" area. Here they will find letters, invoices, legal documents, and trade books that tell the story of how the ship was outfitted, who sailed aboard here, and what cargo she carried. This project is another well-done endeavor created by the Center for Digital Initiatives, and it merits several visits.

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