Beginning on 29 November 1781, at least 132 slaves were thrown overboard from the slave-ship The Zong (replica, pictured left) into the seas off Jamaica. In Gregson v Gilbert (1783) 3 Doug 232, 99 ER 629,  EngR 85 (22 May 1783) (pdf)) the owners argued that this had been done to preserve drinking water for the crew, and they sought to recover the value of the slaves from their insurers. It is voyage 84106 on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database. An excellent account of the circumstances is provided by Trevor Burnard “A New Look at the Zong Case of 1783” (2019) 76 XVII-XVIII [En ligne].
This infamous massacre featured on last Thursday’s episode of In Our Time on BBC Radio 4 (podcast via BBC Sounds | Apple | Spotify). Vincent Brown (Harvard University), Bronwen Everill (University of Cambridge), and Jake Subryan Richards (London School of Economics), joined long-time host Melvyn Bragg in a powerful hour or so of difficult but necessary listening.