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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
t wind, then blowing fresh, was favorable to the Alabama, she overhauled the stranger before nightfall. The prize was the Louisa Hatch. of Rockland, Maine, from Cardiff, with a cargo of Welsh coal for Port de Galle, Island of Ceylon. The bill of lading required this cargo to be delivered to the Messageries Imperiales Steamship Cs not properly sworn to, so he decided that the Louisa Hatch was a good prize-of-war; and this idea was strengthened by the fact that she was loaded with the best Cardiff coal, exactly what the Alabama most needed. Was there ever such a lucky man as the Captain of the Alabama? If he wanted a cargo of provisions it fell into hiseed it, Semmes' Admiralty Court decreed that the Gilderslieve should be converted into a bonfire. The next day, the Jabez Snow, of Bucksport, Maine, laden with Cardiff coal, was captured. As the cargo was evidently British property, Semmes might perhaps have released the vessel under a ransonm-bond but for a letter found on boa