The Xerxes (also spelled Gerges) was the seventh conviction of a slave ship by the Havana Slave Trade Commission. This Spanish schooner, under the command of Felipe Rebel, began its voyage at Havana and set sail for Bonny on 10 February 1828 loaded with merchandise, silver, hankerchiefs of various colors and muslins. On 4 May, this ship sailed from Africa with 429 people on board and 26 individuals died during the middle passage.
On 27 June, the HMS sloop Grasshopper, under the command of Abraham Crawford, pursued this vessel for 26 hours until succeeding in her capture in the Gulf of Mexico around N23°22 and W87°21. At the time of her detention, 61 enslaved Africans were in very poor health. The Grasshopper escorted this ship into the Bay of Havana on 5 July. During the trial, another 18 people died. On 12 July, the court condemned this ship for sale. It also issued emancipation certificates for 385 people.
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