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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 3: closing of Southern ports.--increase of the Navy.--list of vessels and their stations.--purchased vessels.--vessels constructing, etc. (search)
nstellation Sloop 22 Sept. 28. Portsmouth Sloop 22 Sept. 23. Mohican Steam Sloop 6 Sept. 27. Mystic Steamer 5 Oct. 7. Sumter Steamer 5 Sept. 15. San Jacinto Steam Sloop 13 Nov. 15. Relief Storeship. 2 Oct. 12. From coast of Brazil: Name. Class. No. of Guns. Date of Arrival. Congress Frigate 50 August 12. Seminole Steam Sloop 5 July 6. The following had not arrived, Dec., 1861. From East Indies: Name. Class. No. of Guns.   John Adams Sloop 20   Hartford Steam Sloop 16   Dacotah Steam Sloop 6   The following were to remain abroad: Name. Class. No. of Guns. Where Stationed. Saratoga Sloop 18 Coast of Africa. Pulaski Steamer 1 Coast of Brazil. Saginaw Steamer 3 East Indies. Add to these the vessels on the Pacific coast, the steam frigate Niagara, returning from Japan, and four tenders and storeships, and there was a total of 42 vessels, carrying 555 guns and about 7,600 men, in commission on the 4th of March, 18
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
enture. Great latitude had been given Semmes in his instructions, and his plan was to make a cruise upon the coast of Cuba, destroy all American shipping he could meet with in that quarter, coal at some convenient point, and finally proceed to Brazil. Accordingly, the Sumter steamed along the coast of Cuba, in the direct track of vessels bound for the Gulf, and while between the coast and the Isle of Pines two sail were reported in sight, both standing in the same direction with the Confeders Lieutenant Porter ascertained from the crew of the Abby Bradford the whereabouts of the Sumter, he obtained the permission of Flag-officer McKean, and started in pursuit of the Confederate vessel, following her from port to port to the coast of Brazil, and thence to the equator, from which point Semmes shaped his course, so that his trail was lost. After having dispatched the Bradford, Semmes put to sea, and was no sooner outside the harbor than an American vessel was sighted. In less than
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
d from Jamaica on the 25th of January, 1863, bound for the coast of Brazil. Captain Semmes had been treated with every possible attention by self. The Island of Fernando de Noronha is a penal settlement of Brazil. Few vessels stopped there, though many sighted it, to take a fresize, without any objection from the Governor, yet the Government of Brazil subsequently pretended to be very indignant at the violation of neunor of Fernando de Noronha, and to pay due respect to the Empire of Brazil, the great ally of the Confederacy. On the 22d of April, the Alaorgia for the destruction of United States commerce on the coast of Brazil. After the Alabama bade farewell to the Georgia at Bahia, she waimately seek that great thoroughfare of vessels, along the coast of Brazil. At Cape St. Roque the ocean highway becomes so narrow by the inflthe Tuscaloosa, which vessel lie had sent to cruise on the coast of Brazil and which had been seized by the British authorities and afterwards
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 56: commerce-destroyers.-their inception, remarkable career, and ending. (search)
ing-ground extended from the latitude of New York to the southward of Bahia, in Brazil. In the vicinity of Fernando Noronha, Maffitt picked up a vessel called the e station. On the 6th of May the brig Clarence was captured off the coast of Brazil, armed by Maffitt with some light guns, and placed in command of Lieutenant Chaiders, but too late to be of use. After the Florida's cruise on the coast of Brazil. she refitted and coaled at Bermuda, and thence sailed for Brest, where she waonce disavowed Collins' action, and made ample apology, which the Government of Brazil accepted, only stipulating that the Florida and those captured in her should beishment inflicted on Commander Collins was an order to take the Florida back to Brazil with all his prisoners, and deliver the vessel to the Brazilian Government inta, for the Northern people would not have been satisfied to see her sent back to Brazil to continue her depredations on their commerce, and it would have been a most h
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 58: conclusion. (search)
her vessels-of-war, transports (filled with troops), that almost covered the sea; and still they were months making any impression upon the Russian stronghold, which did not in any way compare with Vicksburg. The Federal Government commenced with four small vessels (carrying in all twenty-five guns), the duty of capturing or blockading the South Atlantic coast. In the Gulf of Mexico were eight more ships; in the Mediterranean, three more; seven were on the coast of Africa; two on that of Brazil; three were in the East Indies, and eight in the Pacific-scattered, in fact, all over the world; and these had to be collected to satisfy England and France that a perfect blockade could be established. They naturally ridiculed the attempt, yet in less than a year the blockade was accomplished, so that the most hypercritical sovereign could not object to it, and every foreign government acknowledged that it was the great feat of the war. All the skill and capital of England could not keep t