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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
alongside of the Alabama in case she should enter that narrow harbor. In this harbor Semmes spent two weeks refitting his ship and studying natural history, and became so absorbed in watching the habits of locusts and monkeys, that he appears to have quite forgotten the Wyoming, which vessel ought to have heard of his whereabouts. Probably the commanding officer of the Wyoming was deceived by Semmes' eccentric movements, while the latter calculated that the Wyoming had gone to Canton and Shanghai in pursuit of him. The Alabama next proceeded to Singapore for coal and stores. Semmes' stay was short, but the officers and crew were sumptuously entertained. The day lie left Singapore Semmes captured a beautiful ship, which, though flying the British flag, was evidently an American vessel, officered and manned by the hated Yankees. The ship's papers appeared to be in due form, and she had been transferred by a bill of sale to her British owner. After a thoroughly examination, Semm