FAIRY

schooner icon

FAIRY

Years Active: 1850-1932
Vessel Type: Wooden Schooner
Schooner
Nationality: Falkland Islands
After 82 years doing a variety of tasks, including operating as a slave ship, FAIRY was broken up for firewood and fencing in the Falklands in 1932.

Main Use:

Coaster, Mail ship, Storage Lighter

Years Active:

1850-1932

Power:

Sail

Built:

1850

Size:

70.04 Gross tons
23.41 x 6.19 x 2.38 metres

(length, breadth, depth) metres

Design/Build:

Main Use: Coaster, Mail ship, Storage Lighter
Built: 1850
Power: Sail
Size: 70.04 Gross tons
Dimensions: 23.41 x 6.19 x 2.38 metres
In 1853, the schooner FAIRY, then named the RACHEL P. BROWN, was ‘arrested’ by USS. GERMANTOWN at Porto Praya, Cape Verde Islands, for ‘slave trafficking’. Found guilty in 1854, the vessel was sold to the Falkland Islands Company and renamed FAIRY, the proceeds going to the United States Treasury. Until her final days FAIRY had iron bars and eyebolts in the hold, said to be used for chaining down slaves. Once in the Falklands FAIRY first became a passenger, and mail ship. Between 1868 and 1869 Bertrand & Switzer of Shallow Bay, West Falkland used her as a farm vessel and between 1869 and 1876 Alexander Laws and Thomas Wright, Stanley used her as a coaster. Between 1876 and 1932 the Falkland Islands Company worked her as a cargo, passenger, mail ship and Storage Lighter. Years of service: 1850-1854 RACHEL P. BROWN (J. H. Snyder, New York – Slave transport); 1854-1932 FAIRY (Falkland Islands Company – general purpose vessel).
In 1853, the schooner FAIRY, then named the RACHEL P. BROWN, was ‘arrested’ by USS. GERMANTOWN at Porto Praya, Cape Verde Islands, for ‘slave trafficking’. Found guilty in 1854, the vessel was sold to the Falkland Islands Company and renamed FAIRY, the proceeds going to the United States Treasury. Until her final days FAIRY had iron bars and eyebolts in the hold, said to be used for chaining down slaves. Once in the Falklands FAIRY first became a passenger, and mail ship. Between 1868 and 1869 Bertrand & Switzer of Shallow Bay, West Falkland used her as a farm vessel and between 1869 and 1876 Alexander Laws and Thomas Wright, Stanley used her as a coaster. Between 1876 and 1932 the Falkland Islands Company worked her as a cargo, passenger, mail ship and Storage Lighter. Years of service: 1850-1854 RACHEL P. BROWN (J. H. Snyder, New York – Slave transport); 1854-1932 FAIRY (Falkland Islands Company – general purpose vessel).

Explore more wrecks and vessels through time

Vessel thumbnail
1 vessels
Vessel thumbnail
4 vessels
Vessel thumbnail
22 vessels
Vessel thumbnail
7 vessels
Vessel thumbnail
4 vessels
Vessel thumbnail
3 vessels
Vessel thumbnail
1 vessels

Find vessels on our Wreckmap