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The Zong Massacre – A Maritime Insurance Scam

Zong crew throwing sick slaves overboard, ca. 1781

PortandTerminal.com, March 16, 2020 The Zong massacre was the mass killing of more than 130 African slaves by the crew of the British slave ship Zong on and in the days following 29 November 1781. They did it to force their insurance company to pay. LONDON – The slave ship Zong departed the coast of Africa on 6 September 1781 with 470 slaves. Since slaves were such a valuable “commodity” at that …

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Maritime Image of the Day: The Brookes Slave Ship Drawing

Brooks slave ship diagram from 1787

PortandTerminal.com, January 26, 2020 HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – This diagram of the ‘Brookes’ slave ship is probably the most widely copied and powerful image used by those campaigning to abolish slavery in the late 18th century. Created in 1787, the image depicts a slave ship loaded to its full capacity – 454 people crammed into the hold. The overcrowding and …

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