EN-2626 29 Nov 1849a

Photograph of handwritten extract from a diary.

Archives are full of documents that aren’t fully described or catalogued and Kresen Kernow is no exception. One of our team recently realised the diary of Henry Rogers contains an account of his life onboard slave trade suppression ships off West Africa: “At 6am our daily task commenced, the first operation was to get the slaves on deck, wash them and make them clap their hands and sing a monotonous air, the origin of which I cannot vouch for, to warm themselves. At 7 we gave the slaves their water and swept the slave deck, cleaning it where necessary…” The diary gives detailed insights into life aboard these ships, including daily activities (EN/2626).

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