Remonstrance of John Daniell, John Yerworth, George Heskett, John Scott, and David Brown… Ship Carpenters, 25 January 1744

Remonstrance of John Daniell, John Yerworth, George Heskett, John Scott, and David Brown… Ship Carpenters, 25 January 1744

  • Many ship builders, carpenters & inhabitants of Charlestown, SC had been able to buy black slaves. They trained those slaves in their trade. As the slaves aged & were no longer able to contribute to the business, they & their families were supported by the owners.
    • Andrew Ruck spoke for many people in town when he stated that the presences of slaves in the labor force in shipbuilding in South Carolina was destroying the job prospects of free men looking for work in the industry,
      • Many of these people were forced to pack up & leave the colony as a result
    • There’s a case of Captain Thomas Frankland who showed up in harbor looking for repairs to be done to his ship. He searched & searched in vain to find someone to work on it. He had to go to the Lieutenant Governor to complain.
    • Captain Newnham tried to get as many white carpenters as he could to work on his ship but could only find 1.
    • The prices of the work were exorbitantly high due to low supply of ship repairmen.
  • These cases show many men in the area were turning down work even with extremely high wages offered.
    • Ships were only able to be repaired using slave labor.
    • Those complaining about lack of work are truly trying to manipulate the whole market in their favor by restricting the amount of labor by trying to exclude slave labor as competition amongst craftsmen.

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