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A log book detailing how the Royal Navy led the way in freeing slaves being trafficked and around the world has emerged after nearly 200 years.<br />
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The journal was kept by a senior officer of the brig 'Black Joke' which regularly went into deadly battles with slave ships crossing the Atlantic.<br />
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Over a two year period the vessel captured 16 such ships and freed 3,970 slaves, most of whom were being taken out of west Africa by Spanish, Brazilian and Dutch boats.<br />
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Commodore Henry Downe's log documents the number of seamen on both sides killed and wounded in the conflicts as well as the slaves who perished en passage.