Canoe for Transporting Slaves, Sierra Leone, 1840s


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Image Reference
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Source
The Illustrated London News (April 14, 1849), vol. 14, p. 237. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Caption, "section of embarkation canoe"; cross section of boat, showing how slaves were positioned on board to be taken offshore to waiting slave ship. As reported in The Illustrated London News, this image shows "one of the embarkation boats used by the [Spanish] slave factors [on the Gallinas River in Sierra Leone]; they are launched from the beach, with 200 slaves in their bottom; besides 20 or 30 rowers to each boat, which is about 40 feet long, 12 broad, and seven or eight feet deep."