The Victorian Royal Navy
The Victorian Royal Navy
The officers, ships, fleets and campaigns of the Royal Navy between 1840 and 1880, the slave trade on the West and East African coasts, the 1841 Niger expedition, the Crimean War victory naval review, and much more...

Wreck of Megaera on St Paul's Island, 1871

The Royal Navy

Personnel Vessels Campaigns Fleets The loss of ships as reported in The Times newspaper Miscellaneous
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The Naval Surgeon


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The West African Squadron and slave trade


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The 1841 Niger expedition

In 1841 a British expedition ascended the River Niger in three specially built iron paddle ships - Albert, Wilberforce and Soudan - to make anti-slavery treaties with the Chiefs along the river. One third of the white participants died of fever. The "invalids" were evacuated from the river mouth to Ascension by Dolphin, in which William Loney was serving as Assistant Surgeon. As revealed by an Admiralty abstract of Loneys services, the survivors presented him with a sword and an epaulette as a mark of thanks.


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The Zanzibar slave trade

The texts of original documents in this section are derived from (the IUP reprints of) British Parliamentary Papers concerning the Slave Trade.


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Varia


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