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e ringing from the mast-head. The sail crossing our bows, we took in our studding-sails, hauled up south-east, to intercept her, and got up steam. Our latitude being 35° 17′, and longitude 20° 53′, we were within striking distance of Cadiz or Gibraltar, and could afford now to use a little steam. The chase did not reward us, however, as she proved to be English—being the ship Richibucto, from Liverpool, for Vera Cruz, laden with salt. We received from her some English newspapers, which gavh, and the consequence is, that when the wind also sets into the strait—that is to say, when it is from the westward—it is impossible for a sailing-ship to get out of the strait into the Atlantic. She is obliged to come to anchor in the bay of Gibraltar, and wait for a change of wind. This is sometimes a long time in coming—the westerly winds continuing here, not unfrequently, two and three weeks at a time. As a matter of course, a large number of ships collect in the bay, waiting for
Africa the Sumter anchors in the harbor of Gibraltar the Rock; the Town; the military; the revieinto day. We could not think of running into Gibraltar before overhauling these sails; we might, pe2 P. M., turned our head in the direction of Gibraltar, and gave the ship all steam. By this time of the burning ship which the inhabitants of Gibraltar had witnessed from the top of their renownedal ship, when captured, have been taken into Gibraltar, there to await the disposition which a prizlency, and stated that my object in visiting Gibraltar was to repair, and coal my ship, and that I ur stay, and that is, that you will not make Gibraltar, a station, from which to watch for the apprattractions for traffic were twofold: first, Gibraltar was a free port, and, secondly, there were sities of this quay, whilst the Sumter lay in Gibraltar, was the frequent proximity of the Confederay, is par excellence, the grand spectacle of Gibraltar. I had the good fortune to witness one of t[11 more...]
Chapter 25: The Sumter still at Gibraltar ship crowded with visitors a ride over the Rock with Colonel Freemantle the galleries and other Subterraneahat? he inquired. Why, simply, I replied, by stationing one of his ships in Gibraltar, and another in Algeziras. If I go to sea from Gibraltar, the Algeziras shipGibraltar, the Algeziras ship follows me, and if I go to sea from Algeziras, the Gibraltar ship follows me. True, rejoined the captain, I did not think of that. I cannot say, continued I, thatin's Chair, and to relate to me the legend in connection with it. The Rock of Gibraltar has always been the darling of Spain. It has been twice wrested from her, onSpanish Government owns the fortress of Ceuta, on the African shore opposite Gibraltar, and by virtue of this ownership claims, as it would appear, jurisdiction forf the burning within the league. He replied that the United States Consul at Gibraltar had made the statement to the Admiral. Here was the cat out of the bag again
e British Government, as I had done with the merchants of Gibraltar, to obtain a supply of coal, I next dispatched my paymastnited States Consul at Cadiz, before the war, was then in Gibraltar, and at his request, I sent him along with the paymaster.t addressed a note to General Codrington, the Governor of Gibraltar, requesting him to intercede with her Britannic Majesty'so ask the good offices of his Excellency, the Governor of Gibraltar [this letter was addressed to the Colonial Secretary, whohe following:— Confederate States steamer Sumter, Gibraltar, February 25, 1862. Sir:—I have had the honor to receere was a continuous line of telegraph between London and Gibraltar— I have had the honor to receive your letter of the s, leaving out the time during which she was blockaded in Gibraltar. She captured seventeen ships, as follows: the Golden Roof Charleston. Her new owner changed her name to that of Gibraltar. She was lost afterward in the North Sea, and her bones l<
Chapter 27: Author leaves Gibraltar, and arrives in London Mr. Mason Confederate naval news Sojourn in London author Embarks on board the steamer Melita, for Nassau Sojourn in Nassau New orders from the Navy Department author returns to Liverpool the Alabama gone. We had been long enough in Gibraltar to makeGibraltar to make many warm friends, and some of these came on board the mail-steamer in which we had taken passage, to take leave of us; among others, Captain Lambert, R. N., in command of her Majesty's steam frigate, the Scylla, to whom I am much indebted, for warm sympathy, and many acts of kindness. The captain was the son of Vice-Admiral Sir d for that vessel not yet having arrived. Mr. Stribling's place on board the Alabama will be supplied by Midshipman Armstrong, promoted, whom I will recall from Gibraltar, where I left him in charge of the Sunter. It will, doubtless, be a matter of some delicacy, and tact, to get the Alabama safely out of British waters, without s
astonishing, too, the progress he made in learning Spanish, which was attributable entirely to the lessons he took from some bright eyes, and musical tongues, in the neighboring village of San Roque, only a pleasant canter over into Spain, from Gibraltar. Chapman was, unfortunately, going from London to Nassau, in a blockade runner, while I was returning from the latter place to Liverpool, preparatory to joining the Alabama. It was thus we missed each other; and the Alabama was on the wing soook with me to the Alabama, as the reader has seen, my old and well-tried First Lieutenant, Kell. He became the first lieutenant of the new ship. Lieutenant Richard F. Armstrong, of Georgia, whom, as the reader will recollect, I had left at Gibraltar, in charge of the Sumter, took Chapman's place, and became second lieutenant. Armstrong was a young gentleman of intelligence and character, and had made good progress in his profession. He was a midshipman at the Naval School, at Annapolis,
the cargo, the house of Chamberlain, Phelps & Co., and Mr. H. J. Burden—all the shippers resident, and doing business in the city of New York. Chamberlain, Phelps & Co., ship 1424 barrels of flour, and a lot of pipe staves, to be delivered at Gibraltar, or Messina, to their own order, and 225 kegs of nails to be delivered at Messina, to Mariano Costarelli. The bill of lading for the flour and staves has the following indorsement, sworn to before a notary: State, City, and County of New York:, 610, 612, cited in the case of the Lafayette. The contingent destination of this property, is another pregnant circumstance. It shows that it was intended for a market, and not for any particular neutral owner. It was to be delivered at Gibraltar or Messina, as the shippers might determine, after the sailing of the ship—probably upon advices received by steamer. So much for the claim of Chamberlain, Phelps & Co. The property shipped by H. J. Burden, consists of 998 barrels of flour,