The romance of an old time shipmaster by John Willard RussellThe romance of an old time shipmaster by John Willard Russell

The romance of an old time shipmaster

byJohn Willard Russell

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1907 Excerpt: ... m A VOYAGE IN THE SLAVE TRADE THE particulars which Captain Russell fails to furnish in the following journal of a slave voyage may be readily obtained from other sources. In Munro's "History of the Town of Bristol," for instance, the method of conducting the business is described: "The early employment of distilleries shows that the people of Bristol must soon have ceased to draw their slaves from the West Indies. Nearly all the owners of the distilleries also owned many vessels. From Cuba a cargo of molasses was procured and quickly converted into New England rum. From the distilleries the great casks went straight to the hold of a schooner or sloop lying at a neighboring wharf. Some light goods suited to the barbaric tastes of the natives of the coast were also placed on board, and the vessel was cleared for the coast of Africa. The voyage was almost always a long one, for the vessels were built to carry freight and not for speed; the stay upon the coast was tedious (depending greatly on the conditions among the inland tribes from whom the captives were mostly obtained). One by one the hogsheads of rum would be bartered for slaves until the desired number was obtained, and then the captain would sail for Cuba or one of the neighboring islands (of the West Indies) where he was always sure of a ready market for his cargo. There he would load with molasses for Bristol, and so the round voyage would be completed." Captain Russell disliked the trade, and in later letters to his wife declared that he would have nothing more to do with it. In this show of scruples he was an exception to the majority of sailors and merchants who were more of the state of mind of the pious Bristol skipper who wrote home: "We have now been twenty days upon the coast, and by the bl...
Title:The romance of an old time shipmasterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217133258

ISBN - 13:9780217133258