Brazilian Slave Ship Captured by British Navy, 1849

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The Illustrated London News (Dec. 29, 1849), vol. 15, p. 440.

Captioned, "Capture of a Brazilian Slaver by H.M.S. 'Rattler' off Lagos," the brief accompanying article (p. 440) describes the nine hour pursuit and capture, off the coast of present-day Nigeria, of the "notorious piratical slave schooner, Andorinha" in August 1849. The Rattler is shown on the left. The slaver "was manned by a motely crew, consisting of 39 cut-throat looking fellows." The commander was Brazilian. The slaver was a large, "American-built schooner," which had frequently made slaving voyages to the Nigerian coast, primarily the Bight of Benin, and was often chased by British vessels stationed in those waters. This was her last voyage. The article says nothing about any slaves that were on board. (see also image iln409).