Hawk 1750

Ship: Hawk
Capt. Waynman
Date:13 August, 1750
Source: The Boston Post-Boy

Last Tuesday arrived here the Ship Hawk, Capt. Wayman, in 11 Weeks from the Coast of Africa; in whom came two Men, late belonging to the Snow Ann, Benjamin Clark Master, of Liverpool; which Vessel having arrived on that Coast the Beginning of November last, with 12 Men, continued trading to the 14th of April; when they have 60 negroes on board, and the most of their white Men being sick, the Negroes secretly got to the Powder and Arms, and about 3 o’clock in the Morning, rose upon the Whites; and after wounding all of them very much, except two who hid themselves; they run the Vessel ashore a little to the Southward of Cape Lopez, and made their Escape.  The Vessel soon beat to Pieces, and in attempting to get their Boat out, one of the well Men was drown’d; so that ‘twas with much difficulty they got ashore:  The Captain soon after landing expired of his Wounds, and next Day six of them set out to travel for Magumba, to meet with some English Vessels, leaving five sick of their Wounds on the Shore unable to go:  After six Days travelling, another of them fainting with his Wounds, gave out, and they were obliged to leave him also; the remaining five got alive to Magumba the 3d of May; where three of them got on board the Rider-Galley, Capt. Bush, of Liverpool, bound for Amsterdam, tho’ one of them was so bad that he was given over by the Surgeons; and the other two got on board Capt. Waynman, as above; which last Vessel [h]as also lost six of her Men by Sickness in the Voyage.  This should be [sic] Caution of great Care and Vigilance to be used at that Trade.

Saturday last arrived here Capt. Hill from Curacao, by whom we [ha]ve the following
Extract of a Letter, dated, July 25, N.S.

We have for these three Weeks past had nothing done in our Island [bu]t Racking and Executing a Parcel of new Negroes, who had plotted [to] destroy all the Whites and Creole Negroes in the Island; which they [be]gan on a Plantation belonging to the West India Company, where they [cu]t off the Head of one white Man and several Negroes, and were march[ing] to Town armed, but thank God, they were soon repulsed, taken [de]story’d and scatter’d by a Party of Soldiers, and, a Company of free [N]egroes, immediately sent out against them.  It is pretty well over at [pre]sent.”

By some other Letters from Coracoa, we learn, that the above In[surr]ection had been contriving some Months before, and broke out July [sic] N.S.  That 38 of the Negroes had been executed, most of whom [we]re rack’d, cut open, and their Hearts taken out and dash’d in their [sic]:  It was observed, the chief of them died stubborn and resolute, a[nd] would not move or speak a Word.

[Printed in The Boston Post-Boy, 13 August, 1750]