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Spanish vessel with 405 slaves captured...



Item # 623695

August 1, 1828

BOSTON RECORDER, Aug. 1, 1828 

* HMS Grasshopper (1813)
* Captures slave ship - slaver


A page 3 report mentions the reception of a letter from Havana that says: "...Yesterday came into this port, H.B.M. sloop of war Grasshopper...bringing a Spanish Guineaman, with 405 slaves, which she...took...after 26 hours chase, on the coast of Mexico...about 7 leagues from this port, where she was about to land her negroes."
Four pages, very nice condition.

wikipedia notes: On 27 June 1828 she captured the Xerxes. Admiral Fleeming had ordered Crawford to patrol Cuba's northwest coast and it was there that Grasshoper encountered the Xerxes. The Xerxes was armed with one 18-pounder gun, four smaller guns, and her 44-man crew was well supplied with small arms. She had sailed with 426 slaves, of whom 406 were still alive. Grasshopper chased Xerxes for 26 hours before capturing her in the Gulf of Mexico; Grasshopper then took her into Havana where British and Spanish Mixed Court condemned (confiscated) the vessel and nominally freed the now 401 surviving slaves on 12 July.

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