Cpt. William C. Buck (British, died 1917) 'Sketch of a Temporary Rudder'

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Lot 155
Cpt. William C. Buck
(British, died 1917)
'Sketch of a Temporary Rudder'

Sold for £ 660 (US$ 858) inc. premium
Cpt. William C. Buck (British, died 1917)
'Sketch of a Temporary Rudder'
a pair, variously inscribed
pen and ink
27.8 x 16.4cm (10 15/16 x 6 7/16in).
(2)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Mrs. E.H.J. Lovegrove, granddaughter of Capt. Buck.
    With Nicholas Vilag Fine Art Gallery, 25, Devonshire St., London W1, 1968.
    Bought by the vendor's father at the above exhibition.

    As soon as the British slave trade was declared illegal in 1807, Royal Navy brigs and sloops were sent out to intercept slavers. Capt William C. Buck R.N. served in the West African Squadron intercepting slave ships operating between the Gulf of Guinea and the West Indies c. 1850. Naval officers engaged on anti-slavery patrols found it a dangerous and often horrible business to capture a fully laden slaver, manned by desperate men. It was a thankless posting to that unhealthy part of the world before quinine was introduced to combat malaria and Capt. Buck was very lucky to have lived to such a ripe old age, dying in 1917, aged 90.

    On one occasion, Capt. Buck's ship had to bring the body of the wife of the Consul from Sierra Leone for burial in England and to preserve her body, they put it in a casket of rum. On the voyage, Capt. Buck thought the crew were acting strangely, but he had not issued them with any alcohol. It wasn't until the ship docked that he realised the crew had tapped the casket and drunk all the rum around the lady's body. The crew had known the corpse was there but apparently didn't care.
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