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A dhow episode: the capture of a slaver off the east coast of Africa, and the matrimonial agency which settled the freed slaves in life
Published in 'The Graphic' 10 June, 1893. The episode comprises ten images with captions as follows: '1. One day, at dusk, a mysterious personage came silently on board HMS 'Catcher''; '2. The succeeding evening we left, and at dawn met a dhow rounding the point'; '3. We overhauled the dhow, took out the slaves, and away she flew'; '4. And the cutter, with her cargo of women and children, pulled back to the ship'; '5. Meanwhile the slavers look in vain across the sea for the expected dhow and her cargo'; '6. For the fact was that the captain of the dhow, finding the owners were not playing fair with him, had planned this little game of his own on shore'; '7. The slaves are taken on shore, and on the Black Battalion being told that those who desire to select wives are to take two steps forward, the whole line advances as one man'; '8. A matrimonial agency: none but the brave deserve the fair'; '9. The "Drippies" (Egyptian soldiers) are not forgotten: they get a few wives, but not the most youthful or lovely'; '10. One of the boys is kept on board and christened "Corney O'Dhow, Esq."' The fate of slaves 'release' is a subject rarely depicted. Part of the Michael Graham-Stewart slavery collection.
- Image reference: F0870
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund.