Huntress (ship)

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General characteristics
Type: Slave ship
Sail plan: Topsail hermaphrodite schooner

Huntress of New York was a topsail hermaphrodite schooner which transported slaves. Huntress was the last slave ship to leave the Congo region.

In March 1865, Huntress left with a capacity of 200 slaves headed for Louisiana.[1] When the Slave Trade was made illegal in 1808, traders turned to fast ships, largely topsail schooners or brigs, to outrun British frigates guarding the African coast.

"Negro Island" in the Mermentau River is rumored to have been the location where the slaves died.[1] However, records show a Huntress type vessel landed a cargo of enslaved men and women in Cuba in 1864.[2]


  1. ^ a b Block, W. T. "Skull Island on Mermentau River". 
  2. ^ "Slave ship". Retrieved 2013-07-24.