Shackles Used on Slave Ship, 1845

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The Illustrated London News (Sept. 27, 1845), vol. 7, p. 202. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

The article accompanying this illustration reports that these shackles were recovered by divers from a U.S. steamer, the Missouri, which had sunk from fire at Gibraltar. The incident had been reported in the Times of London which wrote that the divers had daily recovered "in cartloads . . . slave shackles, of every strength and size, for men and women, old and young . . . . They are such as are used in the slave trade."