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'Further Papers respecting the Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa and the System Pursued for its Suppression' [‎75r] (17/50)

The record is made up of 1 volume (25 folios). It was created in 29 Oct 1869. It was written in English and French. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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the said ship "Daphne;" and whereas it further appears to the said Judge that it was
impracticable to bring the said vessel into port for adjudication, that the aforesaid Arab
dhow was lawfully captured by the said Her Majesty's ship <£ Daphne," and was a lawful
prize to the said vessel, and that it is further decreed and adjudged for the Captain and
officers of the said vessel that they were justified in destroying the said dhow, and whereas
the full number of 52 slaves have been landed and liberated at Seychelles.
In testimony whereof I have signed the present Decree, and caused the seal of the
Vice-Admiralty Court to be affixed thereto.
(Signed) JOHN KIRK,
Judge of the Vice-Admiralty Court at Zanzibar.
I certify that no costs were incurred in this matter.
Inclosure 2 in No. 8.
Report of Surveyors.
"Daphne," at Sea, May 16, 1869.
IN accordance with your orders of this day's date, we, the Undersigned, have carefully
surveyed the slave vessel detained by this ship, this day, and beg to report that we consider
her to be unseaworthy.
We have, &c.
(Signed) GEORGE M. LOCH, Lieutenant.
GEORGE WHITE, Navigating Lieutenant.
W. H. TOZER, Acting Carpenter, 3rd Class.
To Commander G. L. Sulivan,
Her Majesty's ship " Daphne."
Inclosure 3 in No. 8.
Certificate of Admeasurement.
WE, the Undersigned, officers of Her Majesty's ship "Daphne," do hereby certify
that we have carefully admeasured in the manner prescribed by Rule II of the 22nd section
of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1854, the Arab dhow detained by Her Majesty's ship'
" Daphne," on the 16th day of May, 1869, on the ground that she was engaged in and
equipped for the Slave Trade, and we certify that her dimensions are as follows :—
Length on upper deck from outside of plank at stem, to outside of plank at sternpost .. 65
Main breadth to outside of plank .. .. .. .. ,, ,, j 9
Girth of ship under the keel at main breadth from upper deck on one side of the ship,
to the upper deck on the other .. .. .. .. .. .. 33
Tonnage:— Tons.
Tonnage under tonnage-deck ,. .. .. .. ,, ,, 89 • 75
Closed-in space above tonnage-deck: poop length, 21 feet; breadth, 18 feet;
height, 5 feet .. .. .. .. .. .. .. is-go
Total .. .. .. .... .. 108*65
Signed this 16th day of May, 1869.
(Signed) G. M. LOCH, Lieutenant.
GEORGE WHITE, Navigating Lieutenant.
W. H. TOZER, Acting Carpenter, 3rd Class.
(Approved) Geo. Sulivan, Commander,
Commanding Her Majesty's ship " Daphne."
Inclosure 4 in No. 8.
Certificate as to the Destruction of the Vessel.
I, THE Undersigned, George Lydiard Sulivan, holding the rank of Commander in
Her Britannic Majesty's Navy, and commanding Her Majesty's ship " Daphne," do hereby
certify that on the 16th day of May, 1869, I directed a survey on board the Arab dhow,
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This file contains correspondence between British officials regarding their attempts to monitor and prohibit slave traffic on the East Coast of Africa. The correspondence dates from March 1869 to October 1869.

Of particular interest are the following folios:

  • Folio 71 - French Government boat registration papers that had been given to 'Arab Dhows' allowing them to travel under the French flag.
  • Folio 73 - A chart entitled 'Memorandum of Number of Slaves landed and liberated at Aden, and how disposed of'.
  • Folio 74 - A copy of the Slave Trade Jurisdiction (Zanzibar) Bill, May 1869.
  • Folios 89-91 - 'A Memorandum by Mr. Churchill [Henry Adrian Churchill, Britain's Agent in Zanzibar] respecting Slave Trade on the East Coast of Africa'.
Extent and format
1 volume (25 folios)

The file is arranged in rough chronological order, with the earliest correspondence at the beginning of the file and the latest at the end of the file.

Physical characteristics

Condition: contained within a bound volume that contains a number of other files.

Foliation: The foliation for this description commences at f 67, and terminates at f 91, as it is part of a larger physical volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 5-134; these numbers are written in pencil, but are not circled, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence.

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