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Maritime Records for Charleston Harbor, SC
My brick wall is on the water.
Family legend is that my great-great grandfather, Livas Anderson, was on a slave ship that docked in Charleston Harbor, SC sometime between 1807 and 1821. The ship next to his caught fire and in the confusion several slaves escaped, some onto a British ship that went on to Canada (he ended up in Baltimore, MD). The family story is that great-great Granddad was "never a slave" so I'm opting for a time-frame closer to 1807, before importing slaves into the US became illegal, but I'm keeping an open mind. I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction with this research -- perhaps there is a list of ships that docked in the Harbor during those years, or ship manifests that might refer to accidents in the Harbor or several slaves escaping. I queried NARA but haven't received a response yet. Any thoughts on where to search would be appreciated.
Thanks to all.