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This Slave Ship Led the U.S. Navy on a High-Speed Chase

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This Slave Ship Led the U.S. Navy on a High-Speed Chase

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In September 1860, a U.S. Navy ship, the Constellation, was in hot pursuit of a suspected slave ship, near the Congo River Delta. It was then that the slavers came up with a horrifying plan.

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In the past two centuries of combat, ships have played a major role in rescuing thousands of people--some injured, some in need of transport, and others fleeing for their lives. Board some of history's most remarkable rescue ships, from the USS Constellation, which hunted down illegal slave ships to the most unlikely rescue ship of World War II, a tiny workboat that saved hundreds of Danish Jews from Nazi terror.

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