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An 18th century slave ship

Slave ships were sea-faring cargo vessels with the express purpose of transportating imprisoned human slaves.

During the 17th and 18th century, slave ships played a significant part in the triangular trade between Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.[1] During this time, the British Royal African Company was one of the largest commissioners of slave ships globally.[2]

Very few vessels ever served exclusively as slave ships, with several being former or future naval vessels. Such ships included the frigate Concord,[2] and the Experto Crede, a former merchant brig.[1]

During the Maroon rebellion, the Maroons made a point of attacking and liberating slave ships across the Caribbean; they were greatly aided in this venture by the Assassin Adéwalé and his brig the Experto Crede, herself a former slave ship. Unfortunately for the rebellion, however, their efforts ultimately cost them very dearly. Faced with an increasingly larger rebellion, Marquis de Fayet, the French governer of Port-au-Prince, gave the order that any slave ship that should be attacked by the Maroons to be scuttled lest its cargo be liberated. This fate befell at least one slave ship near Cumberland Bay, where she sank with most of her human cargo aboard despite Adéwalé's efforts to save those trapped below decks, only a few slaves manages to escape from drowning.[1]

Notable slave ships


  • In Assassin's Creed: Rogue, slave ships are replaced by prisoner-of-war ships that re-use the HMS Intrigue's model and the flags of the original slave ships. They can be liberated by the main protagonist, Shay Cormac, in a similar manner to how Adéwalé frees the slave ships in Freedom Cry.
  • As slave ships are liberated outside a mission, future slave ships that appear will be escorted with vessels of increasing strength, up to Man-O-War vessels.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Freedom Cry
  2. 2.0 2.1 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
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