Decks of a Slaving Vessel, 1823-24


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Image Reference
pg123

Source
The Illustrated London News (April 26, 1848), vol. 13, p. 123. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
These illustrations (the top one giving a scale in feet; the bottom showing a cross section of the hold and placement of enslaved Africans) accompany an article on the slave trade reporting on a recent discussion in the British parliament dealing with the "extinction of this vile traffic." In a House of Commons speech, a member read from a letter which had been sent him by a British naval officer; the drawings of a slave vessel accompanied this letter. The drawings had come into the officer's hands in 1823 and 1824 from a fellow officer who, on board HMS Slaney, had captured a slaver in Cuban waters. "When captured, several of the slaves were dead, others dying; and when the remnant was removed into the Slaney, their flesh was found to be mortified, and crawling with maggots, owing to their long confinement and sitting posture" (p. 123).