The 290, then fitting out in England, was nearly ready for sea — and it was deemed advisable to send her out as soon as possible, before the application of the British Foreign Enlistment Act should become more stringent.
Semmes wrote to Captain Bulloch.
who had charge of fitting out the 290, to bring her to a rendezvous where he would join her. The former then made his way to Liverpool in the steamer Bahama, and found that the 290 had succeeded in eluding the vigilance (!) of the English d crew of the Kearsarge, only eleven persons were foreign-born.
List of officers of Confederate steamer Alabama, June 25, 1864.
Raphael Semmes, Captain; J. M. Kell and Arthur Sinclair, Lieutenants; R. K. Howell, Lieutenant-of-Marines; J. S. Bulloch, Sailing Master; E. A. Maffitt and E. M. Anderson, Midshipmen; R. F. Armstrong and Jos. D. Wilson, Lieutenants; M. J. Freeman, Chief Engineer; John W. Pundt and M. O'Brien, Third-Assistant Engineers; J. O. Cuddy, W. Crawford and C. Seymour, G