trips from Bermuda
, and was then fitted out as a commerce-destroyer, being renamed the Tallahassee
and put under the command of Commander John Taylor Wood
She set out from Wilmington
A successful three weeks cruise extended as far as Halifax
; nearly thirty coasting and fishing vessels were destroyed.
In October, she became the Olustee
and took seven prizes.
This ended her career as a cruiser, for there was now more pressing work for her to do. Once more she became a blockade-runner, and, as the Chameleon
, went to Bermuda
with a cargo of cotton.
Bringing back much needed supplies for Lee
's army, she was unable, in January, 1865, to enter either Wilmington
, the only ports then in the hands of the Confederacy
So her captain was compelled to take her to Liverpool
, where she was seized and delivered to the United States Government.
Beside the cruisers, the Confederate
agents attempted to procure in Europe
iron-clad vessels for the purpose of opening blockaded ports and navigating the shallow waters of the Mississippi
and the Gulf
This was a most difficult matter, inasmuch as their character could not be disguised.
Two ships were started in England
, but the British Government
seized the unfinished vessels and finally purchased them.
The Confederate Government suffered no financial loss, but the blow to its prospects was severe.
, the commissioner in France
, finally got six war vessels started in that country, but all but one had to be abandoned.
The latter, a light-draft iron-clad ram, after many strange adventures, including a purchase by the Danish Government
, finally sailed at the end of January, 1865, for the Confederacy
, under the name of the Stonewall
. Stopping at Coruña, Spain
, she was threatened by the United States
. But Commodore Thomas T. Craven
of the Niagara
decided that the Stonewall
in a fight “ought to be more than a match for three such ships as the Niagara
,” and let her get away.
When the ram reached