The Voyage of the Snow Africa

By W.E. Minchinton, published August 1951


The snow Africa was a two-masted, square rigged ship of 100 tons burthen. Such a vessel would carry about 250 slaves. On 15 July 1775, after an absence of 9 months, the Africa arrived back at Bristol in ballast. There was a total loss on this particular voyage of 250 pounds 18 shillings. It is not claimed that this voyage was in anyway typical of the trade as a whole, but it does serve to draw attention to the fact that while profits might often, in this trade, be high, yet losses did occur.

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