Feb 23

The photograph shows a sailor removing the manacle from a newly-freed slave.

The Africans featured in the photos escaped in a canoe from a slave-trading village on the coast on hearing that the Royal Navy ship was in the area. In his report dated 15th October 1907, Commander Litchfield wrote that the ship received ‘six fugitives’ on a cruise off the Batineh Coast, Oman between 10th and 14th October. One of the fugitives had been manacled for three years and had escaped with his leg irons still on.

…no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother—especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.

Scripture Reference: Philemon 16-17                                                                                                                       Photo Credit: This photo is part of a small collection donated by Samuel Chidwick to the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth.