Wage book for the slave trading ship Fox captained by Robert Mitchell

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This wage book details the voyage of the ship Fox, a 146-ton brigantine that left Liverpool on March 8, 1774. The Fox stopped first in the Cameroons, West Africa, where 148 African people were enslaved and brought aboard. The ship then crossed the Atlantic Ocean westward, landing in Dominica. Seventeen of the enslaved people died during the Atlantic crossing. After likely making other landings in the Caribbean to sell enslaved people, the ship returned to Liverpool, completing the trip on February 22, 1775. This book recorded wages and debts of the crew, desertions, and several deaths of crew members by drowning. There are also records of enslaved people who worked on the ship and were paid in clothing. According to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, Captain Robert Mitchell captained nine trans-Atlantic voyages from Liverpool between 1758 and 1774. This voyage was likely his last. Help us transcribe this wage book to learn more about the trans-Atlantic slave trade during the 18th century.

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