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.]
Coloured lithograph, image 300 x 400mm. 11¾ x 15¾". Lacking publication line.
The British West Africa Squadron was established in 1808. Its primary role being to suppress any activity by British slavers. It was also assigned for other activities. The squadron was to be ready for combat at sea, to blockade ports between Cape Verde and Benguela if necessary, to seize foreign slavers, and to protect legitimate traders. The Journal du Havre publishes the following report on the capture of the Gabriel, communicated by Captain Blay, of the Jeune Pauline, just arrived at Havre from Rio Janeiro:- ' The following was published in Edinburgh Oct/Nov, 1841. The English brig Acorn having, in lat. 5.N perceived at great distance a vessel pillaging another, made chase, and instantly the Gabriel hoisted all her sail, and endeavoured to escape. At three in the afternoon the Acorn fired, and the Gabriel returned the fire, at the same time hoisting Portuguese colours. The chase continued for 12 hours, during the whole of which time firing was kept up by both vessels, 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.The merchandise found on board the Gabriel was valued at 8000 pounds. The Acorn had not time to ascertain to what country the vessel which was being pillaged by the Gabriel belonged, but she carried English colours. Captain Blay also reports that the English merchants resident at Rio have presented Captain Lecosannet, of the Roland, with a handsome gold chronometer and snuff box, and given to each of his crew a hundred francs, in testimony of the sense entertained of their humanity in saving the crew and passengers of the India.
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