Deposition of Albert P. Bibber, one of the fishermen captured by the Archer.
I, Albert P. Bibber
, of Falmouth
, in the District
and State of Maine
, on oath, depose and say, that on the twenty-fifth day of June, A. D. 1863, between ten and eleven o'clock A. M., I was in my row-boat, about eight miles to the southeast of the Damariscove Island
, hauling my trawl, aided by Elbridge Titcomb
We had about twenty-five lines to our trawl, and we had underseen all but two lines.
There were no other boats near us, except one about half a mile off. The nearest land was Pumpkin Island
, and that about five miles off. I saw a fishing vessel running down to us about half a mile distant, bearing about south-west.
The persons on board hailed us: “Boat ahoy.
I replied: “I cannot do it.”
They ordered me alongside again, and I told them I could not come, that I was under my trawl.
They replied: “Cut it.”
I replied I shouldn't do it. The vessel then stood off a short distance and hove to, put out a boat with five men in it, and the boat soon came alongside my boat.
The man in charge of the boat told me that I was taken by the confederate privateer Alabama
, that is, as near as I can recollect.
I think a part had pistols and all had side-knives.
Two of them got into my boat and ordered me and my partner alongside their vessel, the two strangers rowing as well as my partner and myself.
I went aboard with my partner, and we were both left to go about as we choose.
The vessel was a fishing schooner of about ninety tons, all fitted and found for the Banks.
I did not see more than eight or nine men on board, besides myself and Titcomb
I don't remember what, if any thing, was said before I was ordered into the cabin.
was ordered in first, and he left when I went in. I had been on board an hour or more, when I was ordered into the cabin.
I took a seat, and the person I took for the captain asked me where I belonged.
I told him I belonged near by Portland
He asked me about the war, the fishery, the steamboats, and the cutter.
He seemed principally to want to know the news about the war. I told him I had been fishing some time, that I had not heard of any late news, and I had not heard any thing that was going on. I told him all I knew about the steamboats and the hours they run, but I told him I was not very well posted about them.
He seemed to want to know most about what time English boats run. I told him I could not tell where the cutter was, but I saw a topsail schooner go into Boothbay harbor
that morning that I took for her. I told him that the last I knew, her complement of men was thirty, but that I had not known any thing about her for a long time.
I don't recollect that he asked any thing about her guns.
He got up, and started to go out of the cabin, saying: “All I want of you is to take this vessel in and out of Portland
I made no answer.
That was all he said to me for the day, that I recollect of. I went upon deck, and staid there most of the time until we