British Naval Vessel Chases a Slave Ship, 1850

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The Illustrated London News (Dec. 14, 1850), vol. 17, p. 468.

"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).