Book Review – ‘Black Salt: Seafarers of African descent on British ships’ by Ray Costello

By John McAleer, published October 2020


Black Salt is an ambitious project: its objective is to document the history of seafarers of African descent over several centuries, by examining their work and experience in a range of different maritime contexts. As befits such a sweeping subject, the lives and stories that Ray Costello has used to construct his narrative are drawn from a wide and disparate range of sources, and they highlight a panoply of experiences: from impressed slaves to free Africans, British West Indians to British-born black sailors….

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Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Nineteenth Century
Subjects include: Biography | Manpower & Life at Sea | Miscellaneous

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