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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
e 28th of July Semmes anchored in Saldanha Bay. not venturing to Cape Town until he had ascertained that the coast was clear of American vesof Africa with an assorted cargo. Her capture was witnessed from Cape Town and caused intense excitement among the inhabitants, a majority og driven from the sea. The U. S. Steamer Vanderbilt arrived at Cape Town after the Alabama left, but the officers and crew received no sucer consorts at Angra Pequeña, in the Hottentot country. While at Cape Town, an English merchant proposed to purchase the Sea Bride and her cvoided the beaten track. On the 20th of March Semmes went into Cape Town for coal and provisions, and there found the Tuscaloosa, which veritish authorities and afterwards released. The news received at Cape Town from the Confederate States was far from encouraging; everything ing the important whale fishery, greatly crippled. Semmes left Cape Town March 25th, the Alabama keeping in the fair way leading from the