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Mess Kettle from the "Wanderer"

Jekyll Island GA 31527


Mess Kettle from the "Wanderer"

This mess kettle from the slave yacht, WANDERER, was used for feeding the slaves landed on Jekyll Island in 1858--the last slaves brought from Africa to the United States.

The WANDERER, pleasure yacht, slave ship, gunboat, and coastal freighter, was launched in 1857, built by Joseph Rowland and Thomas Hawkins at East Setauket, Long Island, for J.D. Johnson, a wealthy Louisiana planter and member of the exclusive New York Yacht Club. Sold almost immediately to JohnsonÕs protˇgˇ, W.C. Corrie of Charleston, the WANDERER was used in the illicit slave trade by Corrie and his associates, Charles A.L. Lamar of Savannah and Nelson C. Trowbridge of New Orleans.

At the outbreak of war in 1861, the WANDERER was caught in southern waters by the blockade and seized by Federal forces, whereupon she was pressed into Union service in the Pensacola area. After the war she was sold at auction and put into the West Indian fruit trade. The WANDERER was finally driven ashore and wrecked in 1871 on Cape Maisi, Cuba.

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