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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
of the wonderful doings of the Alabama, and Semmes in his journal remarks: Mr. Seward and Mr. Adams, Earl Russell and the London Times, have made the British pirate famous. At Saldanha Bay Semmes received every civility from the people, who appeared to be nearly as barbarous as the aboriginal owners of the soil whom they had dispossessed of their country. These Boers flocked on board the British pirate, and were mightily interested in all they saw. They knew that the ship and crew were British, and to this circumstance attributed all the success which had followed the career of the Alabama. A simon-pure Confederate vessel, officered and manned by Southerners, would have elicited far less enthusiasm in any British port that Semmes visited. On the 5th of August, the Alabama sailed for Table Bay, encountering on the way her consort the Tuscaloosa, which was sent into Simon's Bay to refit. The same day the bark Sea-Bride, of Boston, was captured. This vessel was on a trading vo