This 1860 Obituary Tells a Gripping Story

On 6 May 1815 Captain James Reilly – with Archibald Robbins part of his crew –  sailed “from Saybrook, Conn., for the Cape de Verde Islands.”

As Robbins’ obituary reports, they didn’t make it.

Obituary for Archibald Robbins, Salem Register newspaper article 9 February 1860
Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts), 9 February 1860, page 2

When their ship was wrecked off the coast of Morocco they were forced to swim to shore, where their troubles turned from bad to worse.

They were captured and made slaves.

Archibald Robbins’ obituary refers to:

…the troubles, dangers, and almost indescribable sufferings and privation they endured while wandering over the burning sands of Sahara, as the slaves of wild and barbarous Arabs.

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