Capture of a Slave Ship, African Coast, 1859


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The Illustrated London News (April 28, 1860), vol. 36, p. 409 (bottom). (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Caption, "Capture of a Large Slave-Ship by the H.M.S. 'Pluto'." Shows British naval vessel capturing a "large barque" off an unnamed portion of the African coast; the nationality of the slave ship is not given. The capture took place on Nov. 30, 1859. There were 847 slaves on board, "the largest number of slaves ever taken in one vessel. . . . On seeing the naval officers look down the main hatch, the liberated slaves sent up a most hearty cheer, which can never be forgotten by those who heard it" (p. 410). Although not mentioned in the ILN article, the captured slave ship was, in fact, the "Orion," from New York. It took on slaves at Cabinda, went to St. Helena, and from there the Africans were probably trans-shipped to the British Americas as "apprentices. " We are indebted to David Eltis for this information.