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The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by Yisraylite(m): 5:49pm On Mar 02, 2009
Yes. Sir John Hawkins had the dubious distinction of becoming the first slave-ship captain to bring Africans to the Americas. Hawkins was a religious gentleman who insisted that his crew “serve God daily” and “love another”. His ship, ironically called “the good ship Jesus,” left the shores of his native England for Africa in October 1562. He arrived at Sierra Leone, and in a short time he had three hundred blacks in his possession. Hawkins claimed to have acquired them “partly by sword and partly by other means.”


The Good Ship Jesus | The Beginning of the British Slave Trade

The Good Ship Jesus

What has come to be referred to as "The Good Ship Jesus" was in fact the "Jesus of Lubeck," a 700-ton ship purchased by King Henry VIII from the Hanseatic League, a merchant alliance between the cities of Hamburg and Lubeck in Germany. Twenty years after its purchase the ship, in disrepair, was leant to Sir John Hawkins by Queen Elizabeth.

Hawkins, a cousin of Sir Francis Drake, was granted permission from Queen Elizabeth for his first voyage in 1562. He was allowed to carry Africans to the Americas "with their own free consent" and he agreed to this condition. Hawkins had a reputation for being a religious man who required his crew to "serve God daily" and to love one another. Sir Francis Drake accompanied Hawkins on this voyage and subsequent others. Drake, was himself, devoutly religious. Services were held on board twice a day.

John Hawkins Coat of Arms
A bound slave adorns John Hawkins' coat of arms.
Off the coast of Africa, near Sierra Leone, Hawkins captured 300-500 slaves, mostly by plundering Portugese ships, but also through violence and subterfuge promising Africans free land and riches in the new world. He sold most of the slaves in what is now known as the Dominican Republic. He returned home with a profit and ships laden with ivory, hides, and sugar. Thus began the British slave trade.

On his return to England Queen Elizabeth, livid, assailed Hawkins charging that his endeavor, ", was detestable and would call down vengeance from heaven upon the undertakers." When Elizabeth became fully aware, however, of the profits to be made she joined in partnership with Hawkins and provided him with the "Jesus of Lubeck," a.k.a., "The Good Ship Jesus."

A later slaving expedition in 1567, consisting of five ships and the "Jesus of Lubeck," met with resistance from the Spaniards at St Juan d'Ulloa in Mexico. Since the slave trade was illegal Spanish colonists usually required a charade of force from British ships, after which they would buy slaves at a discount. This time, however, the Spanish attacked the British ships and the "Jesus of Lubeck," cumbersome and difficult to maneuver, was sunk and the crew slaughtered. Hawkins escaped with Drake on a smaller ship.

Hawkins, his piratic ambitions dashed, returned to England and remained there in the service of the Queen. He gained distinction for his pivotal role in defeating the Spanish Armada and was knighted in 1588.
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by huxley(m): 10:56pm On Mar 02, 2009
Surely, Jesus gave the ship all his blessing.

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Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by Yisraylite(m): 11:36pm On Mar 02, 2009
smiley smiley wink smiley
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by tpia: 2:02am On Mar 03, 2009
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Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by Yisraylite(m): 4:17pm On Mar 03, 2009
imaginary African allies ?

Imaginary being the keyword grin

@tpia
Cheers!!!
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by tpia: 4:58pm On Mar 03, 2009
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Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by Bastage: 5:25pm On Mar 03, 2009
You do know that Jesus is a very common name in Latin America where this ship was headed?
It has nothing to do with the name of Christ.

Ironically one of the Portugese ships that Hawkins plundered for slaves was called the Madre De Deus (The Mother of God).
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by preselect(m): 5:54pm On Mar 03, 2009
i even hear say the ancient song ''amazing grace'' was first sung in a slave ship by a slave master/clergy whose slave ship was sinking and he was rescued by the slaves who obviously were wonder swimmers (those slaves may have been from the south south of naija grin )
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by Yisraylite(m): 8:00pm On Mar 03, 2009
@pres-elect cheesy

Another good one ! His name was Captain Newton and his ship was called the Grace of God!!!

You guys are cracking me up!!!!


LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin

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Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by Horus(m): 2:39pm On Apr 20, 2009
Since the slave-master is an enemy of the slave, if the slave prays to the same God as the master, he is praying to the God that enabled the slavemaster to enslave him. Therefore, that God is the enemy of the slave or captive just as the slave-master is.

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Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by alicianna(f): 12:13am On Mar 25, 2010
Horus:

Since the slave-master is an enemy of the slave, if the slave prays to the same God as the master, he is praying to the God that enabled the slavemaster to enslave him. Therefore, that God is the enemy of the slave or captive just as the slave-master is.


Are we seriously supposed to solve this riddle Oya, give me one sec,
* Getting down on my knees
*closes eyes and proceeds to ask God
*Opens one eye, looks up @Horus and whispers
* Abeg hold on, am still waiting for reply
tongue

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Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by ROSSIKE: 1:44am On Mar 25, 2010
When those slave ships park at a port with their mortars aimed at a village, their captain pops out and demands slaves. What do u expect the people to do?

''No we have no slaves'' could mean annihilation for them and their little village.

The oyibo captain then says to their king. Here's a deal: I'll give you a thousand guns. Go capture slaves from the neighbouring village, or your village is history by tomorrow morning.

Before you know it, katataka all over the land. The trade then spirals, as each town and village falls into the web of fear, greed, and inhumanity.
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by Nobody: 1:49am On Mar 25, 2010
well, i dont see any ship's guns being pointed at Nigeria right now yet Nigerians are still being trekked across the sahara and sold as sex slaves
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by bawomolo(m): 2:20am On Mar 25, 2010
pres-elect:

i even hear say the ancient song ''amazing grace'' was first sung in a slave ship by a slave master/clergy whose slave ship was sinking and he was rescued by the slaves who obviously were wonder swimmers (those slaves may have been from the south south of naija grin )


lol amazing grace indeed
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by Nobody: 2:22am On Mar 25, 2010
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Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by ROSSIKE: 2:30am On Mar 25, 2010
tpia said:


well, i dont see any ship's guns being pointed at Nigeria right now yet Nigerians are still being trekked across the sahara and sold as intimacy slaves

As these things go, the trade generally takes on a life of its own as more people and regions become dependent on its operation to maintain their power and position. Whatever you claim is happening today of course, is even less than a trickle in comparison to the ancient trade.

These things have a way of not vanishing overnight. Instead steady reduction is often the way it goes.
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by Remii(m): 3:16am On Mar 25, 2010
Attached picture is the church inside Elmina Castle Ghana, the church is directly above female slaves dongeon. You would wonder how people would claim to be serving God in a place where they brutalize creations on the same God. However, the actions of the slave traders should not be blamed on religion. Story is the same across Trans-Sahara trade route. I think it has more to do with the white mentality, they did not consider the blacks as human as themselves. Even as recent as 1958, Fela asserted that white men were checking his bumbum for tail while in school in London. That is why he concluded that white civilization was based on ignorance.

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Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by nopuqeater: 1:01pm On Mar 25, 2010
i will take your advise not to blame evil on religion, but why do people who claim to be religious throw away religion in their mind when they want to do evil? are thy truly religious, or they re mere pretenders? or should we blame them and or the religion that does no rehabilitate their mind firmly enough to remind them and stear them away from evil?

i will be assume that these people were not christians, but only by lips and not from the heart.
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by Nobody: 1:30pm On Mar 25, 2010
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Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by bawomolo(m): 1:09am On Mar 26, 2010
tpia.:

^^ please do not be an irritant today.


You've been warned.

Go warn your fellow pigs in the stuy.
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by babaearly(m): 1:24am On Mar 26, 2010
@topic But would You Blame Jesus? Even the Roman Catholic carried out Brutal Crusades killing infidels, would you blame Jesus for that? You fail to realise men are not robots, and has his willpower to twist ideas and truths to favour his cause. Even you Yisraylite, thats what you do on this forum.
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by laprince(m): 12:23pm On Jul 29, 2013
pres-elect:
i even hear say the ancient song ''amazing grace'' was first sung in a slave ship by a slave master/clergy whose slave ship was sinking and he was rescued by the slaves who obviously were wonder swimmers (those slaves may have been from the south south of naija grin )
ol

U ar right. His name is JOHN NEWTON
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by jullaja: 9:32pm On Jul 04
His name WAS John Newton, but he didn't sing it on a slave ship. He wrote it in 1772, many years after he had turned to God during that storm (1748), abandoned the slave trade(1754) and become a clergyman (1764).

"Several retellings of Newton's life story claim that he was carrying slaves during the voyage in which he experienced his conversion, but the ship was carrying livestock, wood, and beeswax from the coast of Africa. (Aitken, p. 76.)

While aboard the ship Greyhound, Newton gained notoriety for being one of the most profane men the captain had ever met. In a culture where sailors commonly used oaths and swore, Newton was admonished several times for not only using the worst words the captain had ever heard, but creating new ones to exceed the limits of verbal debauchery.[11] In March 1748, while the Greyhound was in the North Atlantic, a violent storm came upon the ship that was so rough it swept overboard a crew member who was standing where Newton had been moments before.[d] After hours of the crew emptying water from the ship and expecting to be capsized, Newton and another mate tied themselves to the ship's pump to keep from being washed overboard, working for several hours.[12] After proposing the measure to the captain, Newton had turned and said, "If this will not do, then Lord have mercy upon us!"[13][14] Newton rested briefly before returning to the deck to steer for the next eleven hours. During his time at the wheel he pondered his divine challenge.[12]

About two weeks later, the battered ship and starving crew landed in Lough Swilly, Ireland. For several weeks before the storm, Newton had been reading The Christian's Pattern, a summary of the 15th-century The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. The memory of the uttered phrase in a moment of desperation did not leave him; he began to ask if he was worthy of God's mercy or in any way redeemable as he had not only neglected his faith but directly opposed it, mocking others who showed theirs, deriding and denouncing God as a myth. He came to believe that God had sent him a profound message and had begun to work through him.[15]" - Wikipedia
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by ifeness(m): 4:25pm On Aug 30
Wow the first slave ship's name was Good ship Jesus! Jesus is a name every black person should run from. Unfortunately its still taking a lot of our black brothers and sister into spiritual slavery.

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Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by macof(m): 4:40pm On Aug 30
Bastage: You do know that Jesus is a very common name in Latin America where this ship was headed?
It has nothing to do with the name of Christ.

Ironically one of the Portugese ships that Hawkins plundered for slaves was called the Madre De Deus (The Mother of God).

Mother of God...that's ur Mary dude

All surrounds ur Christian principles

Christianity and Islam were crucial advocates of the slave trade
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by Antivist(m): 11:28am On Sep 08
Though offensive, this is the vid that brought me to this site (via my research & fact-checking).

grin


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLwUA3CHumk&list=UUtlfyd1Xs9CtxfBNP9_IgAw&index=55

I know there's a rule against adverts, but I recommend Dusty Smith's YouTube channel, Cult Of Dusty. He destroys religion in very humourous ways, and he's in my top five YouTuber list. He's very, very controversial, vulgar, passionate and outspoken, and his presentation is hilarious. Give him a chance.

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Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by tpia1: 12:10pm On Sep 08
macof:

Mother of God...that's ur Mary dude

All surrounds ur Christian principles

Christianity and Islam were crucial advocates of the slave trade

so was ATR.
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by macof(m): 2:56pm On Sep 08
tpia1:

so was ATR.

There's nothing like ATR
Re: The First Britsh Slave Ship To Reach The Americas Was Called The Good Jesus! by plaetton: 2:56pm On Sep 08
Bastage: You do know that Jesus is a very common name in Latin America where this ship was headed?
It has nothing to do with the name of Christ.

Ironically one of the Portugese ships that Hawkins plundered for slaves was called the Madre De Deus (The Mother of God).

I really wonder if people think before write.


This is probably going to be the st.u.pid.est excuse this month or even this year.

So, my friend, you are telling us here with your bare face that in the 1500s, Jesus was a very common name in what we now call Latin America shocked

And the naming of the first slaveship "The good ship Jesus" had nothing to do with Jesus ?

Gosh! The lenght of stu.pi.dity that people go to just to defend a fake religion.

I am embarrassed.
Where did you go to school, by the way?
Refunds are clearly overdue.

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