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Small collection of items relating to Henry Downes and HMS BLACK JOKE


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Collection Archive
Gallery locationNot on display

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Biographical details Previously a slave ship, HMS BLACK JOKE was captured by the Royal Navy in 1827 and detailed to patrol the coast of West Africa for other slave ships. Due to her speed, the ‘Black Joke’ proved highly successful and played a significant part in the supression of the slave trade during the late 1820s and early 1830s. The material relates to the famous action between the vessel, commanded by Lieutenant Henry Downes, and the Spanish slave ship El ALMIRANTE in the Bight of Benin on 1 February 1829.
Description See item level records.
Date made circa 19th century

Finding Reference HSR/Z/37
Catalogue section Manuscript documents acquired singly by the Museum
Creator Downes, Henry
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Extent 1 folder containing four items
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