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

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Illustration by David D. Moore

Moore's reconstruction of a small copper cauldron recovered from the site of the English slave ship, Henrietta Marie. The container is divided into two chambers and has a total capacity of approximately 16 and a half gallons. This cauldron was undoubtedly used for preparing meals for the ship's crew. 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). (slide of Illustration courtesy of David D. Moore, North Carolina Maritime Museum)