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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
found him after so long a search. It is some such search, replied the other, as the devil may be supposed to make after holy water! This good humor saved the captives from imprisonment, and they were allowed to take their boats with provisions and start for Singapore. After the usual cremation services, the Alabama steamed out past the light-ship, and was once more in the Indian Ocean. Query, were the two ships above-named burned in neutral waters? The Alabama now proceeded to the Bay of Bengal, and on the 11th of January captured and burned the Emma Jane. of Bath. Maine. This was the last vessel burned by Captain Semmes in that quarter. Further continuance in the East Indies did not promise much profit and the Alabama finally proceeded towards the Cape of Good Hope. But even in that quarter there were no prizes to be found. American vessels that were not laid up in port or transferred to the British flag avoided the beaten track. On the 20th of March Semmes went into C
dropping off in sheets. Her speed had, in consequence, been much diminished. The fire in her furnaces, like that of the fire-worshipping Persian, had never been permitted to go out, except for a few hours at rare intervals, to enable the engineer to clink his bars, and remove the incrustations of salt from the bottoms of his boilers. This constant action of fire and salt had nearly destroyed them. I resolved, therefore, to turn my ship's head westward from Singapore, run up into the Bay of Bengal, along the coast of Hindostan to Bombay, through the Seychelle Islands to the mouth of the Red Sea, thence to the Comoro Islands; from these latter to the Strait of Madagascar, and from the latter Strait to the Cape of Good Hope—thus varying my route back to the Cape. We were received with great cordiality by the people of Singapore, and, as at the Cape of Good Hope, much curiosity was manifested to see the ship. After she had hauled alongside of the coaling wharf, crowds gathered t
Chapter 51: Alabama crosses the Bay of Bengal the pilgrims to Mecca and the black giants burning of the Emma Jane the Town of Aujenga, and the Hindoos the great Deserts of Central Asia, and the cotton crop of Hindostan Alabama crosses the Arabian sea the Animalcule of the sea the Comoro Islands Johanna and its th its labors, it was dissolved on this last day of the old year, that we might turn over a new leaf. Clearing the Sumatra coast, we stretched across to the Bay of Bengal, toward Ceylon, overhauling a number of neutral ships by the way. Among others, we boarded a large English ship which had a novel lot of passengers on board. poration in these seas is enormous. It has been stated, on the authority of the Secretary of the Geographical Society of Bombay, that it has been found in the Bay of Bengal to exceed an inch daily. From having too little water during the winter months in Hindostan, we are now, in the summer months, in danger of having too much.
diadems Lie scattered in his ruinous path; His bloodhounds he adorns with gems Torr from the violated necks Of many a young and loved sultana; Maidens within their pure zenana, Priests in the very fane he slaughters, And chokes up with the glittering wrecks Of golden shrines the sacred waters of the Ganges, of course. It must not be understood, however, that he failed to strip off the gold before he pitched these things into the muddy waters of the river, which delivers yearly into the Bay of Bengal 534,600,000 tons of solid matter. Mahmoud, about 1024, after desolating Northern India for some years, came to Somnauth, and — omitting the details — plundered from the Temple of Siva the destroyer the rich offerings of centuries, carrying them and the doors of the temple to Afghanistan, where the latter were made the doors of his tomb. Here they rested till 1842, when the English, stung to madness by the massacre of 26,000 soldiers and camp followers in the Kyber pass, in the mont
This was even exceeded in the experience of the naturalist Hooker, who observed in some of the valleys of the Himalaya a fall of 470 inches in seven months, and 30 inches on one occasion in four hours, equal to the average annual rainfall in France. This was at Khasia, where, according to Mr. Yule, in the month of August, 1841, there fell 264 inches, or 22 feet; 30 inches falling daily during five successive days. This is attributable to the abruptness of the mountains which face the Bay of Bengal, from which they are separated by 200 miles of Jheels and Sunderbunds. This fall is very local: at Silhet, not thirty miles farther south, it is under 100 inches; at Gowahatty, north of the Khasia, in Assam, it is about 80; and even on the hills twenty miles inland from Churra itself, the fall is reduced to 200. During the rainy season, from April to November, as much as 10 or 12 inches of rain falls in a day in Burmah and Siam. The enormous rainfall of Khasia would, however, se
n the 11th May at Bahia, where, on the 13th, she was joined by the Confederate steamer Georgia. Cruising near the line, thence southward towards the Cape of Good Hope, numerous captures were made. On the 29th July she anchored in Saldanha Bay, South Africa, and near there, on the 5th August, was joined by the Confederate bark Tuscaloosa, Commander Low. In September, 1863, she was at St. Simon's Bay, and in October was in the Straits of Sunda, and up to January 20, 1864, cruised in the Bay of Bengal and vicinity, visiting Singapore, and making a number of very valuable captures, including the Highlander, Sonora, etc. From this point she cruised on her homeward track via Cape of Good Hope, capturing the bark Tycoon and ship Rockingham, and arrived at Cherbourg, France, in June, 1864, where she repaired. A Federal steamer, the Kearsarge, was lying off the harbour. Capt. Semmes might easily have evaded this enemy; the business of his vessel was that of a privateer; and her value to
The latest dates from Europe are from Liver pool on the 19th ult. A vessel that arrived at Colombo, October 2d, saw the Confederate steamer Alabama in the Bay of Bengal. After exchanging signals the Alabama departed under full steam and French colors. In the Court of Exchequer, on the 17th ult., Sir. Hugh Cairns, for the defendants, in the Alexandra case, commenced his arguments against a new trial, and occupied the whole day without concluding. The intentions of England relative to the proposed Congress are still unknown. The Russian Ambassador has communicated Prince Gortscha reply. It is in substance that Russia will take part in the Congress, but not until after the pacification of Poland. It is reported that Portugal has resolved to accept the proposal conditionally. The Paris Bourse was depressed. Bentes 67 10 The Index denies authoritatively the recent report of the alleged blockade of Malamoras. It says:"The French blockade of the Mexi
The Daily Dispatch: March 15, 1864., [Electronic resource], The Confederate Navy--Exploits of the Alabama. (search)
l in with the bark Texan Star, otherwise called Martaban, from Mouimein, Burmah, for Singapore, with a cargo of rice. The particulars of the destruction of this vessel are known. The ship kept on her course up the Straits, and two days later burned the Yankee ships Sonora and Highlander, both at anchor off North Sands (Sumatra) light ship. The next heard of her was that she was in the Gulf of Martaban, about fifty miles south of Rangoon Burmah. She then seems to have crossed over the Bay of Bengal, swept around Cape. Comorin, the southern extremity of India, and sailed up the western coast of that country; for we next hear of the capture of the bark Emma Jane on the 14th of January, off Ajuga, on the southwestern coast of India. This is the last positive information of her whereabouts, though it was generally supposed she would pursue her course up the coast and touch at Bombay, as the Times of India, (Bombay,) of January 23, speaks of it as not at all unlikely. That journal u