H.M. Brig Acorn, 16 guns, In Chase Of The Piratical Slaver Gabriel.To Captain Adams and the Officers of the Brig This Print is respectfully dedicated by their obedient servant Edmund Fry.
Published in London by Ackemann & Co. and George Foster, in Plymouth by Edmund Fry. c.1850.
Rare lithograph, image 300 x 400mm. 11¾ x 15¾". Slight stain below title.
The British West Africa Squadron was established in 1808, its primary role being to suppress any activity by British slavers. In 1841 the English brig Acorn having perceived at great distance a vessel pillaging another, made chase, and instantly the Gabriel hoisted all her sail, and endeavoured to escape but eventually the Gabriel was dismasted, and captured. She was sent to St Helena, but her crew, consisting of fifty- eight men, Spaniards and others, were put on board an English vessel at Rio. The captain jumped overboard during the chase, with all his papers and the merchandise found on board the Gabriel was valued at roughly £35,000 of today's money.
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