which captured her, was one of those gunboats which participated in the fight at Drewry's Bluff in May, 1862. She was commanded by Captain Collins.
The Florida was a 750-ton steamer (formerly the Orieto), under the command of Lieutenant J. Mannigault Morris, Confederate States Navy.
The following is the Yankee account of the capture:
The Florida arrived at Bahia, Bay of San Salvador, on the night of the 7th ultimo. Captain Collins having held a consultation with his officers, determinedthe First Lieutenant, that "under the circumstances he surrendered." A hawser was now made fast, the chain slipped, and the Florida towed to sea. In the melee, several pistol shots were fired, and, accidentally, two guns from the Wachussett.
Captain Morris and half the Florida's crew were ashore on liberty.
No lives were lost.
The Florida was taken completely by surprise, seventy of her men it was known being on shore, and the others, just returned from liberty, were asleep and half intox