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Antwerp, Paulding County, Ohio (Ohio, United States) (search for this): chapter 48
ed him to escape capture. It was the omission or indifference of the Navy Department in not sending proper vessels to the right localities. Many foreign ships passed along this. route; but Americans had, in a measure, taken the alarm, and were pursuing longer and safer lines of travel. Still Semmes was amply repaid for watching at the tollgate, even though many passed through without paying toll. He captured the ship Washington from the Chincha Islands with a cargo of guano, bound to Antwerp. Finding difficulties in the way of destroying her neutral cargo. he put his prisoners on board, and let her go on a ransom-bond. The fact was, he was anxious to get rid of his prisoners who were eating him out of house and home. On the morning of the 1st of March the Alabama captured the fine ship John A. Parks, of Hallowell, Maine. Her cargo, consisting of lumber for Montevideo, was. covered by the seals of the British consul, and was as neutral as any cargo could be. But the ship
Table Bay (Montana, United States) (search for this): chapter 48
hich had followed the career of the Alabama. A simon-pure Confederate vessel, officered and manned by Southerners, would have elicited far less enthusiasm in any British port that Semmes visited. On the 5th of August, the Alabama sailed for Table Bay, encountering on the way her consort the Tuscaloosa, which was sent into Simon's Bay to refit. The same day the bark Sea-Bride, of Boston, was captured. This vessel was on a trading voyage to the east coast of Africa with an assorted cargo. left, but the officers and crew received no such welcome as was given the Confederates. The people rejoiced that the Alabama had escaped, and none gave a hint whither the bird had flown. Several complications arose while the Alabama was in Table Bay, yet, notwithstanding some of her acts were in plain violation of local and international law, the authorities sustained Semmes, even in fitting out prize-vessels for belligerent purposes. Semmes next visited Simon's Bay, the naval station o
Maine (Maine, United States) (search for this): chapter 48
Captain of the Alabama? If he wanted a cargo of provisions it fell into his hands. If he required to visit a dock-yard to fit out his ship, a vessel came along filled with cordage, canvas and anchors. If he wanted lumber, a lumber vessel from Maine came right into his path; and if he needed to reinforce his crew, renegades from captured vessels would put their names to the shipping articles, after listening to the thrilling tales of the Norsemen, of burning ships and abundant prize-money. st the light-ship, and was once more in the Indian Ocean. Query, were the two ships above-named burned in neutral waters? The Alabama now proceeded to the Bay of Bengal, and on the 11th of January captured and burned the Emma Jane. of Bath. Maine. This was the last vessel burned by Captain Semmes in that quarter. Further continuance in the East Indies did not promise much profit and the Alabama finally proceeded towards the Cape of Good Hope. But even in that quarter there were no prize
Jamaica (Jamaica) (search for this): chapter 48
proved to be the Olive Jane, of New York, loaded with French wines and brandies. Captain Semmes decided that, although much of this cargo evidently belonged to Frenchmen, it was not properly documented, so he applied the torch without waiting to make any searching investigation, not allowing so much as a bottle of brandy or a case of champagne to be taken out of her. This last was a wise precaution on his part, for he had had great trouble in controlling a number of his drunken sailors at Jamaica, and knew that it would not be safe to subject them to temptation. Although the Confederate Captain regretted not being able to indulge himself and his men, he chuckled with delight when he thought of the disappointment of New York shoddyites and nouveau-riche plebeians, at the loss of the rich wines, olives and pate-de-foisgras, which had been intended to tickle their palates. Amid the crackling of the fire, the bursting of brandy casks, the shrivelling of sails and the falling of the
Singapore (Singapore) (search for this): chapter 48
rd 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, officer so long a search. It is some such search, replied the other, as the devil may be supposed to make after holy water! This good humor saved the captives from imprisonment, and they were allowed to take their boats with provisions and start for Singapore. After the usual cremation services, the Alabama steamed out past the light-ship, and was once more in the Indian Ocean. Query, were the two ships above-named burned in neutral waters? The Alabama now proceeded to the Bay of Bengal, and on
America (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 48
r vessel, which had also eluded these vigilant Englishmen! The Alabama was built by John Laird, an eminent ship-builder, and we believe that she was built especially for the Confederate Government. This book does not pretend to enter into a lengthy legal discussion of the rights of the Confederates to build and equip ships in English ports for tie destruction of American commerce, though the writer condemns the practice in toto. The Queen of England, at the out-break of the civil war in America, issued a proclamation, in which it was stated that England would preserve a strict neutrality between the contending parties. This neutrality consisted not only in permitting the Confederates actually to build and equip cruising steamships for the purpose of inflicting injury on the Federals, but these ships managed to leave England in violation of the Foreign Enlistment Act. and did inflict serious injury to the shipping of the United States. A great many arguments were brought forwa
San Francisco (California, United States) (search for this): chapter 48
t may be fairly said there was nothing during the civil conflict to equal the atrocity of the Alabama's doings. The day after the destruction of the Nye. the Dorcas Prince, of New York, loaded with coal, was encountered; but, as the Alabama's bunkers were already filled, the vessel was set on fire and destroyed. On the third of May the Clipper ship, Union Jack, fell into the Alabama's power and a prize crew was sent on board, as just afterwards,the Sea Lark, bound from New York to San Francisco, was sighted--two fine prizes in two hours. Three women and some children were taken from the last prize and conveyed on board the Alabama. Both ships were burned after their crews were removed. On the 11th of May the Alabama landed her prisoners at Bahia, and was ordered by the Brazilian authorities to leave the port in twenty-four hours for violation of the neutrality laws; but Semmes was so much cleverer than the Governor that he was finally permitted to remain and give his men li
Cardiff (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 48
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
Provincetown (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 48
the fine large ship lying close by, awaiting his orders. She proved to be the whaler, Benjamin Tucker, of New Bedford, eight months out, with 340 barrels of oil. But the Confederate captain had no need for oil, so he took from her only the tobacco and small stores, and after transferring her crew of thirty persons to his own vessel, applied the torch, and before ten o'clock she was a mass of flames fore-and-aft. The next morning he overtook and burned the schooner Courser. of Provincetown, Massachusetts. For a moment the springs of pity opened in the breast of the Confederate as he surveyed this pretty little craft, and looked upon her handsome young captain; but he had just finished reading a Northern paper, in which he was spoken of in terms that were anything but polite, and he had to steel his heart against his better feelings and let the laws of war be executed. He had now the crews of his three last prizes on board, and as they somewhat crowded the Alabama, he stood in
South America (search for this): chapter 48
, and was forgotten in an hour. The Confederate cruiser was now obliged to work her way into the variables, and proceed to the eastward, near the thirtieth parallel of latitude, a sufficient distance to clear Cape St. Roque on the coast of South America. She soon sighted a sail from aloft, and quickly afterwards three more appeared and caused the Confederates to think they had fallen upon a perfect bonanza of prizes. Chase was given to the first sail, but finally abandoned, as it was leadich without compunction, and the career of the Golden Eagle was speedily terminated. The Alabama now crossed the equator and stationed herself in the great tollgate of commerce, through which traders from India, China, the Pacific Ocean and South America were continually passing, rejoicing as they reached these latitudes that the long, weary road was behind them, and that but a short and easy passage lay between them and their homes. It had never occurred to the American Government to send
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