The maritime history of our family goes back to 1300 at least, mostly relating to
Slavery today in any form fills us with horror and disgust, but 250-300 years ago it
The Luxborough Galley was a ship, which while trading officially to Spanish America,
The Luxborough, commanded by a William Kellaway, left England in October 1725 for Cabinda in West Africa, one leg of a triangular trade route.
Crossing the Atlantic on the second leg, 8 crew and 203 Africans died of smallpox, but the surviving Africans were delivered to Jamaica in
The Luxborough was loaded at Jamaica with 90 hogsheads of sugar and rum, and 80 tons of other goods, and sailed on the final leg home in May
Off the coast of Newfoundland however, on 25 June 1727, it appears “two black boys”, who were sent for rum, spilled some, when checking
Only the overloaded, unprovisioned, ship′s yawl got away with 23 survivors. The other 14 crew died in the fire.
By the fifth day, the weather was stormy, and it was proposed to throw the two black boys overboard, to lighten the load. The boys
Two weeks later, the surviving 7 were rescued by fishermen and taken to St Johns Newfoundland. The Captain died the next day.
The story aroused a lot of interest at the time, and there was a series of paintings produced by John Cleveley the elder (held today at the
There were three Kellaways on board, William, the chief mate Ralph, and the ships boy, Robert. Ralph died in the fire, and William the day after
From their wills, William and Ralph Kellaway were brothers, and Robert a nephew. They were members of the Dorset family prominent at Upwey
In 1733, Ralph′s brother Brewer Henry Kellaway junior had a Negro servant George Pugarron christened. Aged 18, George would have been 12
There was also a “Farmer” William Kellaway living at Upwey in 1736. The “Farmer” title presumably being used to differentiate
Apart from the horror of the slave trade, and the subsequent ship burning and the cannibalism, it is interesting that the seamen even considered
Englishmen would not have known much of the slave trade first hand, unless they had been to the colonies because it was the second leg of a trading
Warwick Kellaway 20 Oct 05
Two Newspaper accounts of the events can be found here.
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