Original 1808 Engraving of Slave Ship Brooks
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Original 1808 Engraving of Slave Ship Brooks with slave cargo illustrated. 18"X12.5" Engraving of the Slave Ship Brooks Published by JP Parke, Philadelphia 1808. Partially torn but professionally repaired and restored. The slave ship Brooks, constructed at Liverpool in 1781, made slaving voyages from Africa's Gold Coast to Kingston, Jamaica from 1781 to 1786. It weighed 297 tons. The lower deck was 100 long and 25 wide. The height between main and lower decks measured 58". Wooden platforms built between these two decks and under the half deck allowed more slaves to be carried until 1788 when the British government regulated the capacity of slave-carrying vessels. British abolitionists printed a placard of the Brooks to circulate in order to show how, even after the new regulations, the ship still crowded 292 slaves on the lower deck, 130 on the wooden platforms, and 20-30 slaves under the poop deck (compared to as many as 740 on voyages before the regulations). The Brooks continued to be used as a slave ship until its last voyage in 1804 when it was captured by authorities in Buenos Aires.
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