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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
Alabama into a Northern port, where their claim for prize-money would have been cheerfully acknowledged. He had read about the mutinies at the Nore, and on board the Bounty. and was well aware what freaks men of this class were capable of committing, but on this occasion he was compelled to defer gratifying their taste for brilliant effects, and he waited until daylight next morning before applying the torch to his prize. On the following day. Semmes stood in for the beautiful island of Flores, spread his awnings, cleaned his ship, and read to his crew the Articles of war of the old Navy. It must have been very amusing to the descendants of the Norsemen when they heard that any officer of the Navy guilty of treason shall suffer death. It was intended that this occasion should be an impressive one, for the crew had not up to this time assumed the orderly bearing of men-of-war's men. Somehow or other they had got it into their heads that they were bound on a privateering expeditio