Voladora (a) Mulata (1829)

Voyage Overview

The Voladora, alias Mulata (V776), was the twelfth conviction of a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Spanish schooner, under the command of Ignacio Domingo del Corral, began its voyage at Havana and set sail for Little Popo on 1 October 1828 loaded with aguardiente and money. On 29 April 1829, this ship sailed from Africa with 367 people on board and 32 individuals died during the middle passage. On 5 June, the HMS schooner Pickle, under the command of J. B. B. MacHardy, observed this ship off the coast of Cuba near Puerto de Naranjo and chased this ship for the entire day. At 11 p.m., the two ships engaged in heavy combat which "lasted an hour and twenty minutes within pistol shot." The Voladora surrendered only after having the masts destroyed. The Pickle towed this ship into Gibara "to rig jury masts." At the time of capture, there were sufficient water and provisions on board for three days and MacHardy bought more at Gibara for the trip to Havana. During the trial, another 5 people died. On 30 June, the court condemned this ship for sale and issued emancipation certificates for 330 people. For more information, see Map of 1829.

Archival Resources

As Referenced in Voyages

Parliamentary Papers, Accounts and Papers, vol. 49 (1845), 593-633.

TNA, FO84/92, Macleay, 29.07.03.

TNA, FO84/100, Macleay, 29.07.21.

TNA, FO313/57,  f. 95-131.