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The capture of the Slaver 'Formidable' by HMS 'Buzzard', 17 December 1834
Painting of the capture of the larger Spanish slaving brig 'Formidable' by HM brigantine 'Buzzard', 10 guns, on 17 December 1834. The action took place off the west coast of Africa where the 'Buzzard' was on anti-slavery duty and intercepted the Spanish ship making the middle passage. It lasted 45 minutes, with the loss of two men in the 'Buzzard' and seven in the 'Formidable' before she struck. This picture shows raking shot from 'Buzzard' hitting the stern of the Spaniard. Of the 707 slaves found in the captured ship 307 'perished from disease and misery' before the British could get her into Sierra Leone. The picture shows a useful image of nettings used to prevent slaves escaping (including by suicidal jumping overboard) but here also possibly against boarders.
William John Huggins
- Image reference: BHC0625
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London