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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
sign of the commanding officer of the United States vessel to make his whereabouts generally known. The Alabama had scarcely entered the straits when she captured and burned the bark Amanda, of Boston, and the next (lay overhauled the clipper-ship Winged Racer. Semmes anchored with his last prize under North Island, and after the latter had been despoiled of her valuable cargo, her captain, with his family, officers and crew were granted permission to take their own boats and proceed to Batavia. While these operations were in progress the two ships were surrounded by Malay boats bringing provisions of every kind for sale, when all at once a great blaze sprung from the hold of the Winged Racer, and the Malays for the first time realized that she had been captured by the Alabama, when the crew of the latter vessel gave three lusty cheers. The Malays were great pirates themselves, and many European and American ships have been plundered and destroyed and their crews murdered by t