The Ship Hope’s Package Book is an original manuscript held in Lancaster Library’s collection. The book documents aspects of the vessel’s 1792 voyage.
Hope travelled the ‘triangular trade route’ from Lancaster, once Britain’s fourth largest slave-trading port. It sailed for the Cameroons, where it traded goods for slaves who were then transported across the Atlantic Ocean to the West Indies. Here the slaves were sold and commodities, such as sugar, purchased and brought back to England. Glimpses into this book give an insight into the brutal reality of the transatlantic slave trade.