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Infamous Slave Ship Zong
This image depicts the "legal" drowning of 132 slaves. During the trial investigating this tragedy, the judge stated this was acceptable, "as if horses had been thrown overboard." Outraging many abolitionists, this was key to igniting the movement.
Image from Amazing Grace - William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery.
“The closeness of the place and the heat of the climate, added to the number of the ship, which was so crowded that each had scarcely room to turn himself, almost suffocated us."
-Olaudah Equiano, former slave
View of the Slave Ship Brookes
Fig I lengthwise cross-section
Fig II breadthwise cross-section: men
Fig III breadthwise cross-section: women
Fig IV lower deck with platforms
Fig V lower deck without platforms
Fig VI half-deck with platforms
Fig VII half-deck with platforms
A lower deck
B lower deck: breath
C men's section
D platform: men's section
E boy's section
G women's section
H platforms: women's section
I gun room
K quarter deck
L cabin M half-deck
Wilberforce used this drawing as a visual aid in his speeches conveying the cramped quarters of the slave ship Brookes.
Image from Spartacus Educational website.