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Weʼre raising £70,000 to build a memorial to the West Africa Squadron

Chichester West Sussex

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In 1807 Britain was the first country to ban the evil trade of slavery. We used the power of the Royal Navy, in the shape of the West Africa Squadron, to enforce that ban. From 1807 - 1867 the West Africa Squadron seized over 1600 slave ships and freed 150,000 Africans who were destined for a life of slavery in North America or Brazil.

The cost to Britain was the lives of nearly 1600 Royal Navy sailors and financially 2% of the UK's total GDP. So Britain was the first nation to ban slavery, we used our own ships, men and money to enforce this ban globally.

The planned memorial, to be based in Portsmouth, will remember the sailors who gave their lives to free slaves and it will commemorate the fact that Britain was the first nation to ban slavery.

You can view more information about the project on our website.

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  • colin kemp1 day ago
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    1 day ago

    Vincent has completed the clay mould of the Officer in the West Africa Squadron, the next step will be to make the moulds for the resin, a process we hope to show you next week.

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  • colin kemp14 days ago
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    14 days ago

    Vincent Gray our Sculptor has just shared some images of the work he is doing on the Royal Navy officer for the memorial - the attention to detail and authenticity is magnificent !

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  • colin kemp14 days ago
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    14 days ago

    I would like to personally reassure all existing and new donors that the memorial to the men who lost their lives serving in the West Africa Squadron is going ahead. The "woke" volte face by the owners of Gun Wharf Quays will not stop us - I am in discussion with a number of sites in and around the Portsmouth area. The Daily Mail article gives the impression that there is a doubt about the memorial - THERE IS NOT, IT IS GOING TO BE BUILT AND DISPLAYED.

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  • Steve Pearce

    Steve Pearce

    Jun 5, 2024

    My 2 X GT Grandfather served on HMS Lyra. RM Sergeant Joseph Whatley contracted TB while serving on the Lyra in the Indian Ocean. He died after being discharged. His children were sent to a workhouse.

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    Jun 3, 2024

  • MR MUNIB KHAN SEYLANI

    MR MUNIB KHAN SEYLANI

    May 28, 2024

    £5.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 27, 2024

    At last someone realising the cost financial & in sailors' lives Britain & RN in stopping full slave ships & preventing empty ones getting to the coast to collect. 150,000 freed & helped to new lives.

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    May 16, 2024

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    May 10, 2024

    £100.00

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    Gareth Walters

    May 7, 2024

    £100.00

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