Slave Ship Gallery

Ship Ann Galley
On board slave revolt

Type: Letter
Date: 1717
Source: Admiralty Court, Instance and Prize: Libel Files, file 132, no. 32, pt.2


Letter Aug. 28, 1717, Drewry Ottley to William Coleman 

“ .  .  .  I am now to give you’re the Melancholy Acc’t of that unfortunate ship, Ann Galley, sometime in June Dyed poor Clarke in Gambo River, and in the beginning of July, the negroes Rose upon them, by which means, six of them jumpt over Board, and Two was kill’d, on the 17th they sayl’d out of the River, and on the 19th Instant were cast ashore in a storm on the Island of Montserrat [Liberia] and all the slaves (except sixteen) were drown’d. . . all the Slaves they purchas’d was not upward of 80, Instead of 160, and I hear of no more of the Cargo that was Return’d Except some small armes. . . .Notwitstanding so few of the slaves were saved there is no Ready pay to be had for any unless att a very low Rate, and provision of all sorts so very scarce and Dear, occasion’d by the storm, that feeding them would be very Expencive, and four of them are so very much Cutt and Bruised comeing ashore in so great a Sea, that they will not be fit to Expose to sayle in less than 2 or 3 Weeks.  Shall make the most I can possibly of them.  A ship of Mr. Cabibells arriveing the next day with 90 negroes is some small hindrance; I have been plagued with the sailors, for Cloths and subsistence.  I could not get Clear of them by any Means, so that I was under a Necessity of giving them provisions, and money to get Each of them something to putt about them, the whole amounts to 8 pounds.  They pretended though their Wages was lost something was due for Salvage:  I hope you have made Insurance. . . . P. S. Augt 30th.  I have sold since the above Ten of the Negroes to be paid in the Beginning of the Cropp at 37  pounds per head.”