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The Slave Ship


Posted on Nov 15, 2015

CBS 60 Minutes Scott Pelley reports on the Smithsonian and the Slave Wrecks Project’s journey to recover the first artifacts known to be preserved from a slave ship.   Two hundred years ago, a ship named for St. Joseph, sank in a terrible storm. Half the passengers survived but the sea closed over more than 200 men, women and children who were locked below the deck. You would think a disaster like that would be legendary. But...

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SÃO JOSÉ-PAQUETE DE AFRICA Lost off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1794, this Portuguese slave ship drew the attention of researchers who spent years searching for it — recently, the authenticity of the São José-Paquete de Africa was confirmed by the Slave Wrecks Project, which educates the public about the global slave trade. Now over 200 years old, the São José-Paquete de Africa sank after it ran into submerged rocks...

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Scott Pelley goes to Mozambique Island, once a center for the slave trade, where Portugal built a fort to defend their trade and to hold slaves before putting them aboard ships for the New World. There, teams from the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Slave Wrecks Project locate underwater remains of one of those ships. Pelley reports on Sunday, November 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Source: Preview: The Slave Ship...

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