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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 7: the Trent affair. (search)
between England and the West Indies. The Trent left the port of Havana on the morning of the 7th of November, under the command of Captain and our transfer to this ship. We, the undersigned, embarked at Havana on the 7th inst. as passengers on board the Trent, Captain Moir, boe British Royal Mail Steamship Company, running from Vera Cruz, via Havana, to St. Thomas, and thence to Southampton, England. We paid our passage money for the whole route from Havana to Southampton to the British consul at Havana, who acts as the agent or representative of the saiHavana, who acts as the agent or representative of the said company; Mr. Slidell being accompanied by his family, consisting of his wife, four children and a servant, and Mr. Eustis by his wife and servants. The Trent left Havana about 8 o'clock, a. m., on the morning of the 7th inst., and pursued her voyage uninterruptedly until interce along the Old Bahama or Nicholas channel, was about 240 miles from Havana, and in sight of the light-house Panador Grande; the San Jacinto be
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., Chapter 45: the cruise of the Sumter and the havoc she committed. (search)
to seize the Spanish vessel he first encountered. Semmes at the time was simply an insurgent like Lopez, the Cuban fillibuster, who was garotted in the plaza at Havana, (because belligerent rights had not been accorded him,) and he was under the ban of proclamation. By sunset the wind had died away, and the night came on of sd whom I knew to be timid, as are all the subordinate officers of absolute Governments. I presumed that the Governor would telegraph it to the Captain General at Havana, and that the latter would hold the subject in abeyance until he could hear from the home Government. Nor was I disappointed in this expectation, for Lieutenanean Sea from the 3rd to the 27th of July, 1861, had captured ten prizes, and not a Federal gunboat had been heard of, although the United States Consul-General at Havana had been promptly informed of all his transactions at Cienfuegos. Five of the fast steamers purchased for the purpose of carrying stores to the several squadrons
Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
crew were convalescent, the Captain-General of Cuba sent a message to request the commander of the Florida to proceed to Havana, on the ground (it is asserted) that his vessel would be safe from an attack of Federal gun-boats, when it is well known long the Bahama banks and coast of Cuba, from the time the Florida first appeared in Nassau up to the time of her leaving Havana, that it was the cause of severe and well deserved strictures upon the neglect of the Navy Department, which seemed to besels as fast as their means would permit. Though the Captain-General had invited the commander of the Florida to go to Havana for the above reason, it was actually for the purpose of preventing him from violating Spanish neutrality laws; and when Maffitt arrived in Havana he found himself so tied up with restrictions imposed by the Spanish authorities, that he determined to go to Mobile and fit his ship out there. He therefore got underway for that port on the 1st of September, and arrived