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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.11 (search)
ithout pressing. Provided with fifteen months stores, she sailed from London on October 8, 1864, in command of her English Master, Captain Corbett, for Madeira. Ten days later she was delivered over to her new commander, Lieut. James J. Waddell, who had taken passage from Liverpool with the officers and men detailed for his command. Among the latter were some picked men from the famous Alabama, which had been sunk by the Kearsage a few months before. The Shenandoah was commissioned on October 19th, and that day cleared for Madeira. The journal of Commander Waddell is now in possession of the Navy Department, and it is a most interesting record of the career of the Shenandoah. On October the 30th the cry of Sail ho! rang out from the Shenandoah's masthead. Immediately she bore down upon the distant vessel, an American bark the Alina, of Seaport, Me., bound for Buenos Ayres with railroad iron. She was on her first voyage, thoroughly equipped, nicely coppered, and beautifully