Within two weeks the Tacony
had ten prizes, and the coast between Chesapeake
and Casco bays
was in a state of terror.
The dauntless schooner shared the fate of the Clarence
when the better-suited Archer
fell into her clutches.
But the latter's career was short.
Dashing into the harbor of Portland, Maine
, Read cut out the revenue cutter Caleb Cushing
The next day he was attacked, captured, and sent as a prisoner to Fort Warren
, in Boston Harbor
had no less than fourteen prizes to her credit, when, late in August, 1863, she entered the harbor of Brest, France
, greatly in need of repairs.
Here she remained until February, 1864, and became in the mean time almost a new ship.
Back and forth across the Atlantic
she went, preying on the merchant vessels of the United States
until, on the 5th of October, Lieutenant Morris
brought her into the harbor of Bahia
Commander N. Collins
, of the United States
, then in that port, on October 7, 1864, broke the laws of neutrality and ran into and captured the Florida
, which got him a court martial (and in course of time, promotion). The Florida
was brought up to Chesapeake Bay
, and after much international confabulation her prisoners were released, and she was ordered to be turned over to the Brazilian Government
But a blundering ferryboat ran her down, and Brazil
received only an apology, for this time the Florida
went to the bottom.
While the Florida
was building, Captain Bulloch
visited the shipyard of John Laird
, at Birkenhead
, and arranged to build a wooden screw despatch-vessel.
This ship, when it finally went into commission on the 24th of August, 1862, was the famous Alabama
, and she was under the charge of Commander Semmes
of the dismantled Florida
. In a month's cruise in the North Atlantic
twenty American vessels were destroyed.
Then she went south, swept the Gulf
, and among her captures was the Federal
war vessel Hatteras