Stowage of the British Slave Ship Brookes, 1790

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STOWAGE OF THE BRITISH SLAVE SHIP “BROOKS” UNDER THE
REGULATED SLAVE TRADE
Act of 1788

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Note: The Brookes after the Regulation Act of 1788, was allowed to carry 454 Slaves. She could stow this number by following the rule adopted in this plate namely of allowing a space of 6ft by 1ft 4 In to each man; 5ft 10 In by 1ft 4In to each woman,&5ft by 1ft 2In to each boy, but so much space as this was seldom allowed even after the Regulation Act It was proved by the confession of the Slave Merchant that before the above Act the Brookes had at one time carried as many as 609 Slaves. This was done by taking some out of Irons & locking them s[?]wise (to use the technical term) that is by stowing one within the distended legs of the other Shelf or Platform of the L Lower Deck

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Longitudinal Section.

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Hold for Provisions, Water &c.
Note. The shaded Squares indicate the beams of the Ship

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PLAN OF LOWER DECK WITH THE STOWAGE OF 292 SLAVES
130 OF THESE BEING STOWED UNDER THE SHELVES AS SHEWN IN FIGURE 3 & FIGURE 5.

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PLAN SHEWING THE STOWAGE OF 130 ADDITIONAL SLAVES ROUND THE WINGS OR SIDES OF THE LOWER DECK BY MEANS OF PLATFORMS OR SHELVES

(IN THE MANNER OF GALLERIES IN A CHURCH) THE SLAVES STOWED ON THE SHELVES AND BELOW THEM HAVE ONLY A HEIGHT OF 2 FEET 7 INCHES

BETWEEN THE BEAMS: AND FAR LESS UNDER THE BEAMS.  See Fig 1.

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Cross Section At the Poop
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Cross Section amidships
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Lower tier of Slaves under the Poop
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Shelf tier of Slaves under the Poop
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Hold for provisions. (?)c
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Hold for provisions. (?)c
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Captians Cabin appropriated to the Crew.
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Captians Cabin appropriated to the Crew.
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Scale of Feet

 

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