Hear the untold stories of enslaved people and learn about historical and contemporary slavery. In a section of this painting recent cleaning revealed three small boats with Africans on board approaching from the coast. Although this 14 gun brig is unidentified, she is typical of the large merchant vessels which were involved in slaving from Liverpool.
The Watt, built by Edward Grayson of Liverpool for the firm of Watt & Walker, was launched in February 1797. This brig of about 300 tons was built at Wiscasset, Maine, in the USA in 1812 and was purchased by a group of merchants from Salem who gave her the name Grand Turk. This item will be sent through the Global Shipping Programme and includes international tracking. For parts or not working: An item that does not function as intended or is not fully operational.


By clicking Confirm bid, you are committing to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder and have read and agree to the Global Shipping Programme terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. By clicking 1 Click Bid, you are agreeing to buy this item from the seller if you're the winning bidder. This is a private listing and your identity will not be disclosed to anyone except the seller. She is shown in a port profile against a wooded coastline, intended to represent West Africa. It is thought that this part of the painting was covered to distance the ship's links with the slave trade. The Liverpool guide of 1796 comments, 'The Guineamen [slave traders] here, are in general the handsomest ships; being every way modelled after the Frigates, and rather more ornamented'. Her principal shareholder was William Davenport, one of the most active slave traders in the port, who invested in some 120 slave voyages during a career of nearly 40 years.


She was used in privateering, particularly against the British, with whom the Americans were at war from 1812 to 1818.
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The firm's main business was in trade with Jamaica, where the Watt family also had an estate, and the vessel was mainly employed bringing back sugar from Jamaica. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable.




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