Slave ship, 1878

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Slave ship, 1878

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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.

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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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