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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
rt of the Confederate States, yet the sovereign power of the Confederacy, acting through its authorized agent, had commissioned her as a ship-of-war, which was the most solemn condemnation of the prize. He claimed that no nation had the right to inquire into the antecedents of the ships of another nation. Everybody except the commander-in-chief of the British naval forces was silenced, if not convinced, by this logic, and recognized the Tuscaloosa as a bonafide ship-of-war; but Admiral Sir Baldwin Walker wrote to the Governor: Viewing all the circumstances of the case, they afford room for the supposition that the vessel (Tuscaloosa) is styled a tender, with the object of avoiding the prohibition against her entrance as a prize into our ports, where, if the captors wished, arrangements could be made for the disposal of her valuable cargo. This opinion was overruled, but the British Government instructed the Colonial Governor that he should have detained the Tuscaloosa, Accordingly
urn him. We now hauled in for the coast, and taking a pilot, as we approached the harbor, anchored at two P. M. in Simon's Bay. This is the naval station of the colony, and we found here the frigate Narcissus, wearing the flag of Rear Admiral Sir Baldwin Walker, the commander-in-chief of the British naval forces at the Cape. We were visited immediately upon anchoring by a lieutenant from the flag-ship. The Tuscaloosa had preceded me, as the reader has seen, a few days, and we found her stn a picturesque cottage, near the sea-shore, and solaced themselves for their temporary banishment from dear old England, by making their home as English as possible. They had surrounded themselves by fine lawns and shrubbery and flowers, and Mrs. Walker, and one of the bewitching young ladies were kind enough to show me over their extensive and wellcultivated garden, in which they took much interest. Horseback riding, picnics to the country, and balls on board the ships were the principal am
Chapter 52: Alabama again in Cape Town the seizure of the Tuscaloosa, and the discussion which grew out of it correspondence between the author and Admiral Walker final action of the home Government, and release of the Tuscaloosa. After our long absence in the East Indies, we felt like returning home when we ran into Table Bay. Familiar faces greeted us, and the same welcome was extended to us as upon our first visit. An unpleasant surprise awaited me, however, in the courseto make a cruise on that coast. Having made her cruise, she returned to Simon's Town, in the latter part of December, in want of repairs and supplies. Much to the astonishment of her commander, she was seized, a few days afterward, by Admiral Sir Baldwin Walker, under orders from the Home Government. Since I had left the Cape, a correspondence had ensued between the Governor, Sir Philip Wodehouse, and the Secretary for the Colonies, the Duke of Newcastle; the latter disapproving of the conduc