Salt fish and Shaitan: Lascars lives at sea, 1750-1850

Event Date:
Start at 6:30 PM
May 17, 2021

We would be delighted if you can join us for our May Maritime Heritage Lecture on Monday May 17th, starting at 18.30. The lecture will last about an hour with some time after that for questions and discussion.

This talk will explore the lives of Indian Ocean seafarers, or ‘lascars’, employed aboard British sailing ships during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Using documents from archives around the world, it will cover the food they ate, the religious beliefs they held, the forms of protest they used, their relationship with women and many other aspects of their lives at sea.

It will also address the import issues of how we write their history and why it is so important to do so.

Our guest speaker is Dr Aaron Jaffer, Curator of World History & Cultures, Royal Museums Greenwich.

Dr Jaffer is Curator of World History & Cultures at Royal Museums Greenwich. He is author of Lascars and Indian Ocean Seafaring, 1780-1860: Shipboard Life, Unrest & Mutiny (2015), publishing by Boydell & Brewer.