British Naval Vessel Chases a Slave Ship, 1850


Click on the image to open a larger version in a new window.
previous image return to thumbnails next image

If you are interested in using this image, please consult Acknowledging the Website.

Image Reference
iln468

Source
The Illustrated London News (Dec. 14, 1850), vol. 17, p. 468. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
"Her Majesty's Steamer 'Rifleman,' in Chase of a Brazilian Slaver." A brief account accompanying this illustration describes how the British ship had been cruising off the coast of Brazil to intercept this slaving vessel. After a chase, the slaver, possibly named the "Esmeralda," escaped and landed about 500 slaves not far from Rio de Janeiro. The account reports that this was the first time of a "vessel escaping when once observed by the Rifleman" (p. 468).