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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
ore. So when the American vessels were supposed to be beyond the imaginary line, the Sumter was let loose like a tiger on its prey. A booming gun and the hoisting of the Confederate flag soon disclosed the Sumter's character, and in a short time the three vessels were prizes to the Confederate steamer and joined the others off Cienfuegos. When the sea-breeze set in, Semmes stood into the harbor, followed by his six prizes, much to the astonishment of those who had seen the West Wind of Rhode Island, the Louisa Killum of Massachusetts, and the Naiad of New York, sail but a few hours before on their legitimate business. Semmes was treated at Cienfuegos with all due courtesy, and hobnobbed with the Captain of the Port, who had at first fired upon him with musketry, not knowing what flag he sailed under; but when Semmes assured him that he did not come to sack the town like the buccaneers of old, the official took him to his heart. He had but a vague idea of the locality of the Sout
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 59: (search)
225 84 Philadelphia Feb. 29, 1864 Seminole. Steamer Cronstadt. 301,940 60 7,675 92 294,264 68 Boston. Jan. 28, 1864 Rhode Island. Steamer Cherokee 152,507 02 4,732 47 147,774 55 do Feb. 9, 1864 Canandaigua.   Cotton, 39 bales 7,923 09 604 75Unadilla, H. Andrews, E. P. Hale, Ellen. Schooner R. O. Bryan, cargo of 1,209 78 371 13 838 65 Boston Jan. 13, 1863 Rhode Island.   Rum, 8 bbls., 37 hhds. sugar, and small lot of lumber 4,479 50 456 83 4,022 67 Springfield Nov. 26, 1864 Rattler Schooner Velasco 550 00 871 95 No proceeds New York     Schooner Venus 5,781 49 1,266 36 4,515 13 do Feb. 17, 1863 Rhode Island. Schooner Virginia 57,935 99 9,245 42 48,690 57 Key West Oct. 7, 1863 Wachusett and Sonoma. Schooner Victoria 3042 38 do Mar. 29, 1863 Kensington, Rachel Seaman. Steamer Vixen 58,127 00 3,031 02 55,095 98 New York Mar. 14, 1865 Rhode Island. Schooner Wm. Mallory 7,526 19 1,557 29 5,968 90 Key West Oct. 16, 1862 Huntsville, Brooklyn, Mercedita, Itasca.