Escape of fugitive slave from vessel in Boston Harbor

December 31, 1858

A Story from the Atlas & Bee tells of an escaped slave who was on board a boat in the harbor.  Judge Russell of the Police Court issues a habeus corpus order, and proceeds with others to the vessel. The Captain of the vessel says the man is missing, it being presumed that he swam ashore with the aid of a plank which was also missing from the deck.  The man’s name was Smith, and it is assumed that he had made his way to freedom in Canada.