African canoe paddling through surf
Presumably this is also from the 'Pallas' voyage of 1775, though not dated. The Africans are likely to be Fante or Krumen, depending on the exact location. Landing at points on the Africa coast could be dangerous because of the surf: an early attempt by the 'Pallas' to send a boat ashore resulted in the boat being overset on reaching it and several men drowning. Local canoes such as this were more skilled and suited to the conditions but also subject to accident. On 3 April 1775 while anchored off Whydah, the 'Pallas' sent a 'saine in a bag' (probably a seine net for fishing) ashore in a canoe and it was lost when the canoe capsized in the surf.
Gabriel Bray (1750-1823)
Original size: 290 mm x 460 mm
- Image reference: PT2022
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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