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Franklin Stanwood (1852-1888) painted this large canvas of a slave ship escaping from a British cruiser.
In 1820, the U.S. Congress declared that anyone engaged in the slave trade was guilty of piracy. Though the penalty-if convicted of this offense-was death, the potential profit, plus the high wages, meant there was never a shortage of men willing to risk their lives in this endeavor.
About This Item
- Title: Slave ship, 1878
- Creator: Stanwood, Franklin
- Creation Date: 1878-01-01
- Subject Date: circa 1877
- Media: Oil painting
- Dimensions: 102 cm x 152 cm
- Local Code: A86-938
- Object Type: Image
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230
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