in the Confederate service, primarily to disperse and destroy the New England whaling fleet in the northern seas.
She had been designed as a transport for troops, had spacious decks and large air ports, and was well suited for conversion into a cruiser.
A fast sailer under canvas, her steam power was more than auxiliary, as she could exceed eleven knots without 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