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The 'Luxborough Galley' burnt nearly to the water, 25 June 1727

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Object connections:

Collection Fine art, Oil paintings
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Parker, R.
VesselsLuxborough Galley fl.1727

Object details:

Object ID BHC2388
Description This is the second of a set of six scenes, ‘The loss of the 'Luxborough Galley' in 1727 and the escape of some of her crew’. The ‘Luxborough’ is show burning fiercely as the crew look on from the yawl, or ship’s boat, in which they have made their escape. The 16 men who were left on board the galley perished in the burning wreck. The ‘Luxborough Galley', captained by William Kellaway, carried slaves for the South Sea Company. She was lost between the Caribbean and England on the third part of the infamous Triangular Trade. She left England in October 1725 for Cabinda in West Africa, on the first leg of the triangular route. Here the captain exchanged his cargo of Indian cottons and trade goods for 600 slaves. During the second leg of the triangle, between Africa and the Caribbean, eight crew and 203 Africans died of smallpox before arriving in Jamaica in October 1726. After selling the surviving slaves, the ‘Luxborough’ left Jamaica in May 1727 for England, loaded with rum and sugar. On 25 June 1727 she was accidentally set on fire when a keg of rum in the spirit room burst and the ship caught fire and sank. Kelloway and his surviving crew were then left adrift in mid-Atlantic. After a fortnight the yawl arrived on the coast of Newfoundland on 7 July 1727 and was rescued by fishermen. The loss of the ‘Luxborough’ Galley by fire was notorious because the survivors in the ship's boat had to resort to cannibalism to stay alive. Signed and dated ‘I.C. 1760’.
Date made 1760

Artist/Maker Cleveley, John
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Materials oil on canvas
Measurements Painting: 495 x 648 mm; Frame: 650 x 802 x 77 mm; Weight: 9.4 kg
  • The 'Luxborough Galley' burnt nearly to the water, 25 June 1727 (BHC2388)
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