April 22, 2017 Section of a Slave Vessel, 1848 Representations of slaves packed into vessels played an important role in illustrating the horrors of the middle passage, and the evils of the slave trade. The Illustrated London News, 26 August 1848. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.