La Amistad

 La Amistad (pronounced [la a.misˈtað]Spanish for Friendship)

Whenever I start a project I spend most of my time on research and reference images.

For this project I read a lot about the  court case. I found the situation that lead to this being a historic vessel to be intriguing.

She was a 19th-Century two-masted Schooner about 120 feet long. She was not a slave ship, but was used but some Spaniards out of Cuba to smuggle slaves from Havana to Gamaguey, Cuba. Aboard she had her captain, crew and 53  slaves. This vessel was designed to carry cargo (Typically it would have been Sugar cane) not people. 

Painting of La Amistad 26 August 1839

The last Leg of the Journey or was it?

She began sailing the night of 28, June 1839. On or around 1st of July the slaves over through the crew and took over the vessel. The had found some clubs and Cane Knives below deck and killed most of the crew except a couple of men the needed to sail the ship. They told the remaining crew to take them back to Africa. The crew set sail to the east toward the USA hoping to be found by the same navy that they had been hiding from.

Soon after they where spotted by  the USS Washington, which took control of the Amistad and sailed her to the state of Connecticut.

The remaining captives eventually where set free and given passage back to there home lands by the USA.


General characteristics
Tons burthen:136 L. tons
Length:129 ft (39.4 m)
Beam:22.9 ft (7.0 m)
Draft:10.1 ft (3.1 m)
Propulsion:Sail, 2 Caterpillar diesel engines
Sail plan:Topsail schooner
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