The U.S. Navy ship Truxtun sets sail on a mission to enforce the ban on the Atlantic slave trade. Patrolling West Africa, it captures the slave ship the U.S.S. Spitfire on the Rio Pongo in Guinea. Although the Spitfire is small, it carries 346 enslaved Africans. Truxtun Commander Bruce reports: “Between her decks, where the slaves were packed, there was not room enough for a man to sit, unless inclining his head forward. Their food was half a pint of rice per day, with one pint of water. No one can imagine the sufferings of slaves on their passage across. A good hearty Negro costs but twenty dollars (in Africa), and brings from three to four hundred dollars in Cuba." The captured slave ship will be outfitted for use in anti-slavery operations, and its capture incentivises the U.S. American Navy to increase the strength of its Africa Squadron.