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The “Sabine,” the first blockader in the South Atlantic The towering masts of this fine sailing frigate arrived in Pensacola Harbor on April 12, 1861, the day Fort Sumter was fired upon. With the “Brooklyn,” she landed reenforcements at Fort Pickens. On May 13th, Captain H. A. Adams of the “Sabine” issued notice of the blockade at Pensacola, the first Atlantic port to be thus closed. The “Sabine,” like her prototypes, the “United States” and the “Constitution,” mounted 44 guns. She sailed on the expedition to Paraguay in 1858-9, and became one of the first ships of the old navy to see active service in the Civil War. She served in Admiral Du Pont's squadron on the expedition to Port Royal in November, 1861. Her commander on that expedition was Captain Cadwalader Ringgold. It was largely due to the heroic efforts of his officers and crew that 650 marines were saved from drowning when the transport “Governor” foundered on the 3d. In February, 1862, when the “new-fangled” “Monitor,” the latest “Yankee notion” in war vessels, was going begging for officers and men, a crew was at last formed largely of volunteers from the “Sabine.” Of such stuff were made the tars of the old American sailing-ships of war

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