Royal Naval Museum


Plan of a slave vessel

Illustrated London News, 1848, Vol.13, p.123

'The motion in the House of Lords made by Lord Denman on Tuesday night has naturally revived the interest of the measures for the extinction of this vile traffic of "man-selling and man-stealing"...His Lordship then held in his hand a communication from Captain Pilkington of the Royal Navy on the subject of the slave trade, accompanied with a plan of one of the slave vessels. They were sitting longitudinally and in rows of seven across the ship with their legs crossed so that they might be stowed within less space.'

(Report published in ILN, August 26, 1848).