Cooking Cauldron, Slave Ship Henrietta Marie, ca. 1697-1700

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Illustration by David D. Moore (North Carolina Maritime Museum).

Moore's reconstruction of a large copper cauldron recovered from the site of the English slave ship, Henrietta Marie (ca. 1697-1700). This cauldron was undoubtedly used for preparing meals for the ship's captive Africans; it had a capacity of approximately 85 gallons. The Henrietta Marie transported about 200 slaves from the Bight of Biafra to Jamaica. For details, see David Moore, Site Report: Historical and Archaeological Investigation of the Shipwreck Henrietta Marie (Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society, 1997). Olaudah Equiano, kidnapped from his natal village around 1757 was transported from the Bight of Biafra to Barbados. He describes "a large furnace of copper boiling" aboard the ship which took him across the Atlantic (The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavas Vassa, the African. Written by Himself [London, 1789 ]). Illustration courtesy of David D. Moore.