Navy, who was subsequently placed in command; and other officers were sent over to join her. She was removed to Cochrane
's Anchorage, nine miles from Nassau
, and began to take on board her arms and ammunition; but this proceeding was presently discontinued, as it would leave no loophole for the authorities to ignore the character of the vessel.
During this time, and later, she was inspected officially by English naval officers, who-reported that she was ‘in every respect fitted as a man-of-war, on the principle of the despatch gun-vessels in Her Majesty's service.’
She was deserted by most of her crew, because they were unwilling to engage in hostilities, and a new crew was shipped at Nassau
In view of these facts the Oreto
was libelled in the Vice-Admiralty Court.
The trial did not reflect credit upon the character of judicial proceedings in the British
The vessel was released on the 7th of August, and sailed on the same day, under the command of Maffitt
, for Green Cay
, an uninhabited island in the Bahamas.
Here she took on board her battery, consisting of two Vii-inch rifles, and six Vi-inch guns, with carriages and ammunition, and forthwith proceeded on her cruise, under the Confederate
had only been able to obtain a crew of twenty-two men; and he had no sooner got to sea than the yellow fever appeared on board.
To add to his difficulties, he found that in the hurry of departure from Nassau
, some of the most essential equipments of the battery had been left behind, and he was without rammers, sponges, sights, locks, elevating-screws, and other indispensable articles.
With great reluctance, he gave up for the time his intended cruise, and steered for the coast of Cuba
Avoiding the cruisers, he arrived at Cardenas
, his effective crew reduced by sickness to only three men. Here he was attacked by the fever, but recovered after a critical illness.
The authorities of Cuba
observed their neutral