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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
s satisfied that he had taken everything out of her that could be of service to himself or his crew. Three days after this capture the Crenshaw was taken, plundered and burned. She was only a schooner, and it did not take the prize-court in the Alabama's cabin ten minutes to decide her fate. Semmes now found that his supply of coal was running out, and decided to shape his course for the Island of Martinique, where he had directed Captain Bullock to send him a coal-ship. On the 2d of November he captured the Levi Starbuck, a New Bedford whaler, bound on a voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Like all her class just starting out, she was filled with all sorts of stores and Yankee nicknacks; and although the Alabama had been filled up a dozen times since she started from the Azores with stores taken from her prizes, yet she had the maw of a cormorant and always seemed to want to be fed. All this booty was easily acquired. and it went just as easily. The amount of food, tobacco and c