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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
food for the whales becomes scarce. The whales then migrate to other feeding grounds, and are followed up by their pursuers. It was now in the early days of September, and Sernmes had but a few weeks left in which to accomplish his purpose of striking a blow at the whale fishery of the United States, which had for years been carried on in these peaceful latitudes. The people pursuing this industry had no idea that there was such a vessel in existence as the Alabama. The Ocmulgee, of Edgartown, was lying off Fayal , made fast to a dead whale, when her captain was astonished by the appearance of a Confederate cruiser. When the Alabama first came in sight she carried the American flag, and was naturally mistaken for one of the new cruisers that were reported to be fitting out for the protection of Federal commerce and the whaling industry. The same old story is to be told of the Ocmulgee, as with the Sumter's prizes. Semmes was too old a hunter to burn her by night, when the