Veloz Pasajero

Nominal Guns20TRN6
OperatorPrivate Owners
Ship TypeSlave Ship

Service History

1830/09/07Primrose vs Veloz Pasajedo
1830/09/07Taken by Primrose (18)


TRN6 The Royal Navy : a history from the earliest times to the present Vol VIWilliam Laid ClowesDigital Book

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Posted by Robert Boon on Tuesday 1st of November 2016 13:57

Report of the Case of the Spanish Ship "Veloz Pasagera", Jozé Antonio de la Vega, Master

The Spanish ship "Veloz Pasagera", was furnished with the usual papers, by the Authorities at the Havana, dated the 21st of August, 1828, authorizing a commercial voyage to the Portuguese Islands, and the Coast of Africa, and stating her to be commanded by Jozé Antonio de la Vega, and to be armed with 24 guns.

The "Veloz Pasagera" appears to have left the Havana on the 25th of August, and to have arrived on the Coast of Africa on the 7th of November, 1828. She anchored at Whydah on the 19th of the same month, and seems to have remained on the coast, sometimes at the Islands of Princes and St Thomas, and at other times in the vicinity of Whydah, until the 4th of September, 1830. She was on her return to the Havana, when fallen in with, on the 7th of that month, in latitude 5° 8' N., longitude 4° 17' E., and detained by His Majesty's ship "Primrose", William Broughton, Esq. Commander, with 551 slaves on board, (5 others having been found dead on board, after an action, which took place previous to her capture), said to have been shipped in the neighbourhood of Whydah, only 4 days previously.

The "Veloz Pasagera" arrived in this harbour on the 8th of October, with 534 slaves on board, having lost 16 by death on the passage to this port. The slaves were immediately visited by the Surgeon to the Court, who reported "that, from the circumstance of the necessarily confused state of the vessel, and that of there being 20 ulcer cases, 3 cases just recovering from the small-pox,, 10 cases of bowel complaint, and several affected with "Craw Craw", amongst them, he recommended their being landed as soon as possible." They were accordingly landed, and delivered into the charge of the Liberated African Department, on the 9th of October.

On the 8th of October, also, a petition was received from the Captor's Proctor, praying that the papers of the "Veloz Pasagera" might be filed, and the monition go forth; which, having been granted, the ship's papers, and the Captor's declaration, were duly filed, and the monition issued, on that day; which latter was returned, on the 16th, certified to have been duly served.

On the 9th of October, another petition was received from the Captor's Proctor, praying that further papers, found on board the "Veloz Pasagera", since capture, might be brought into Court, and filed; the prayer of which petition having been granted, on the same day, the papers were accordingly filed, duly attested by the affidavit of Lieutenant Butterfield, the Prize Master.

On the 11th of October, Alexandro Nocetty, the Mate, and, on the 13th, Juan Bermudez, the Gunner of the "Veloz Pasagera" were examined on the standing interrogatories; a certificate from the Surgeon of His Majesty's ship "Primrose" having been filed, to account for the absence of the Master, who had been seriously wounded, and, from the want of medical aaistance on board the "Veloz Pasagera", was not able to proceed to this port.

Both the Mate and Gunner swore, "that the Master's name is Jozé de la Vega; that he resides at Cadiz; that he was the Owner of the vessel; that the present voyage began at the Havana; that the cargo shipped there consisted aguadente, and 60,000 dollars; that the Havana was the last clearing port; that the vessel has touched at many of the ports on the leeward coast; that resistance was made at the time of capture; that the present cargo of slaves were all purchased from Chacha (de Souza), and shipped from Jackin, a place near Whydah." The Mate further swore, " that the cargo of slaves belonged to certain Spaniards, resident at the Havana, but whose names he could not remember."

Clear proof of the illicit employment of the "Veloz Pasagera" in the slave-trade, having been thus established, the Court, on the 16th of October, 1830, pronounced sentence of condemnation upon her, as good and lawful prize of the Crowns of Great Britain and Spain, and as taken in such illicit traffick, by His Majesty's ship "Primrose", William Broughton, Esq. Commander, and decreed the emancipationof her surviving salaves, 529 in number - 21 having died since capture, viz. 16 on the passage to this port, and 5 between the period of arrival and that of condemnation. And the Court further decreed the emancipation of 1 slave, if surviving, stated to have been taken out of the "Veloz Pasagera," on board His Majesty's ship "Primrose", to receive medical assistance.

(Signed) Alex. Findlay, Wm. Smith

Sierra Leone, October 18, 1830.

P.S. Since the date of this report, His Majesty's ship "Primrose" arrived here, and delivered the above-mentioned slave to the Liberated African Department, making the total number emanicipated 530.

(Signed) A. F., W. S.

From "Colonies and Slaves; relating to Africans Captured; Jamaica; Slave Emancipation; Slave Trade" (1831)

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