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Illustration with the vessels used in the Zanzibar slave trade 1873 Arab slave ships.

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Dhow variant of Brook´s slave ship

Full page illustration of the different types of Arab vessels used in the Zanzibar slave-trade. Published is the London Illustrated News March 1873. Of particular interest is the Dhow variant of "Brooke´s slave ship" see photo on the left.

 

Salve Ships

Types of ships used in the slave-trade in East Afrika

 Brooke's slaveship

Dhow version of brooke's slave-ship

 

Description:

Common print. Illustrated London News (March 1, 1873) copied from the book by capt. Sullivan. Contains sketches of five different types of vessels on a single sheet with text. 15 x 10 inches. The large dhow picture with many slaves stowed is particularly interesting. This is a "dhow variant" of the European slave-ship stowed with many slaves depicted by Brooke. That  illustration became iconic of the Atlantic slave trade and is known as "Brookes slave-ship" published by the Quaker publisher James Philips in 1789. Even more remarkable is that that print was not a realistic representation of a slave-ship but more a symbolic representation that proved to be of enormous iconic power in the fight against slavery.

References:
  1. 1873 Dhow chasing in Zanzibar waters and on the Eastern coast of Africa. Narrative of five years experiences in the suppression of the slave-trade (illustration bound after page 114.