JOHN WALKER, WOOD, STRING, CLOTH SHIP MODEL C. 1910 H 23" L 29" "WANDERER"
A wooden ship model depicting the famous nineteenth century slave ship the "Wanderer." Captain Corrie took his luxurious yacht, the Wanderer, to the African Congo in 1858 to enslave four hundred Africans and bring them back as chattel goods. This was the second to last American ship to bring back slaves, and its owners did so by hiding its illegal activity through a secret deck to hold its human cargo, managing to circumvent the law and escape detection. The "Wanderer" was seized by Union troops during the Civil War and was not decommissioned until 1865. This model was hand made by John Walker in 1910. Mounted on a wooden base. Actual measurements are 22.5" tall by 29" long.