Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Captain Wilkes” in chapter 7 of Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War.:

...ent should have been to disavow the act of Captain Wilkes, and order him to proceed to the nearest British port and land the party he had arrested. It no doubt would have been very humiliating to Captain Wilkes , but that was not to be considered. A national vessel belonging to the Navy had, without any instructions whatever, stopped a British mail steamer upon the high seas, which was engaged in her usu...

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