Daily Archives: April 26, 2010

Baltimore Ravens sign Bajan Ramone Harewood

“Harewood is a huge man. I mean he’s a giant,” (Ravens’ scout Hortiz said. “You guys are going to see him – he’s massive. He can knock down his side of the line of scrimmage.”

“…new Ravens offensive lineman Ramon Harewood may be the most intriguing prospect the Ravens drafted.”

Barbados sure to watch more American NFL Football now!

We’ve been following Ramon Harewood’s NFL chances since last October when we reported that Barbados Athlete Ramone Harewood has shot at NFL so we were mightily pleased to hear that our Bajan son will be playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

Baltimore is the home of the famous anti-slave ship, the USS Constellation

I don’t know much about American football or the Ravens, but I love Baltimore for its waterfront and history. You’ll find the USS Constellation moored in the harbour. When it was retired in 1955 it had served for 100 years in the United States Navy!

The USS Constellation is of special interest to me because it was involved in the interdiction of the slave trade during the US Civil War, rescuing and setting free over 700 slaves.

It’s a long story, but I once walked the decks of the USS Constellation and I was surprised at how small the bunks were in the officer’s quarters. Men were smaller a hundred and fifty years ago.

Not mentioned on the web but told to me as part of the tour of the USS Constellation is that Winston Churchill used the ship as a residence and base of operations when he visited the USA early in the Second World War when times were at their worst in Britain and he came begging for help from President Roosevelt.

Here’s what Wikipedia says about the ship’s anti-slave trade actions…


From 1855-1858 Constellation performed largely diplomatic duties as part of the US Mediterranean Squadron.

She was flagship of the US African Squadron from 1859-1861. In this period she disrupted the African slave trade by interdicting three slave ships and releasing the imprisoned Africans.

On December 21, 1859, she captured the brig Delicia which was “without colors or papers to show her nationality… completely fitted in all respects for the immediate embarcation [sic] of slaves…”

On September 26, 1860, the Constellation captured the “fast little bark” Cora with 705 slaves, who were set free in Monrovia, Liberia.

On May 21, 1861, the Constellation overpowered the slaver brig Triton in African coastal waters. It held no slaves, although “every preparation for their reception had been made.” [1]

Constellation spent much of the war as a deterrent to Confederate cruisers and commerce raiders in the Mediterranean Sea.


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