Rev. Robert Walsh records the condition of the enslaved people on board the Feloz (1829)

from Walsh’s ‘Notices’, p. 478

“The slaves were all enclosed under grated hatchways between decks. The space was so low that they sat between each other’s legs and were stowed so close together that there was no possibility of their lying down or at all changing their position by night or day.”

Illustration from Walsh’s ‘Notices’, p. 478

“As they belonged to and were shipped on account of different individuals, they were all branded like sheep with the owner’s marks of different forms. These were impressed under their breasts or on their arms, and, as the mate informed me with perfect indifference “burnt with the red-hot iron.”

Illustration of slave brandings from Walsh’s ‘Notices’, p. 479

“Some, however, hung down their heads in apparently hopeless dejection; some were greatly emaciated, and some, particularly children, seemed dying.”

“The officers insisted that the poor suffering creatures should be admitted on deck to get air and water. This was opposed by the mate of the slaver, who, from a feeling that they deserved it, declared they would murder them all.”

“The little creatures seemed indifferent as to life or death, and when they were carried on deck, many of them could not stand.”

“They had sailed from the coast of Africa on the 7th of May and had been out but seventeen days, and they had thrown overboard no less than fifty-five…”

“While expressing my horror at what I saw and exclaiming against the state of this vessel for conveying human beings, I was informed by my friends, who had passed so long a time on the coast of Africa and visited so many ships, that this was one of the best they had seen.”

“Many unfortunate creatures on other occasions took the first opportunity of leaping overboard and getting rid, in this way, of an intolerable life.”

For the full version see Notices of Brazil in 1828 and 1829 (472–494)

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