The 'Luxborough Galley' burnt right down

This is thethird 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 shown finally destroyed by fire in one large explosion. From the ship’s boat in the right foreground, the crew who have escaped are shown watching the blast.

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’ galley 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 crew were then set adrift in the mid-Atlantic. After a fortnight the yawl arrived on the coast of Newfoundland 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 ‘I.C. 1760’.

Object Details

ID: BHC2386
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Cleveley, John
Vessels: Luxborough Galley fl.1727
Date made: circa 1727; 1760
People: Parker, R.
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
Measurements: Painting: 495 mm x 650 mm; Frame: 650 x 804 x 70 mm

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