In 1857 Scottish sailor, Andrew Rose, joined a ship called ‘The Martha and Jane’ in Barbados and was subjected to some of the most horrifying and inhuman acts in history.
The ship’s captain – Henry Rogers – was the ringleader of this heinous catalogue of torture, aided by his first and second mates. From Roses’ first day of employment, Rogers seemed to take a disliking to him, and the following three weeks saw such gross acts as: Rose being attacked by Rogers’ dog, being whipped until blood ran down his back, being locked in a cask for 12 hours in the blazing sun with hardly any ventilation, made to perform demeaning tasks whilst naked, being flogged and tortured, and also being made to act out a mock hanging – this was the final straw for now deranged Rose, and he died the very next day and his body thrown overboard.
When the ship docked in Liverpool, the crew went straight to the police, and Rogers and his accomplices were arrested and found guilty. On 12th September 1857, Rogers was executed outside Kirkdale Prison.
The first and second mates, William Miles and Charles Edward Seymour, were transported to Australia.
It is interesting to note that Mr Alsopp of ‘The Crystal Palace Waxwork Exhibition’ on Lime Street, took a ‘likeness’ of the executed man on the day of his death, and was aiming to have a waxwork ready in his Chamber of Horrors by the very next day, dressing the figure in the dead man’s clothes, acquired from Calcraft, the hangman!