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about nine A. M., we made Daffen Island, with its remarkable breaker, lying a short distance to the northward of the Cape of Good Hope. Instead of running into Cape Town, I deemed it more prudent to go first to Saldanha Bay, and reconnoitre. There might be enemy's ships of war off the Cape, and if so, I desired to get news of this the halfway mile-post, as it were, between the extreme east, and the extreme west, and yet commerce, with a strange caprice, has established its relayhouse at Cape Town, whose anchorage is open to all the winter gales, from which a ship is in constant danger of being wrecked. We did not find so much as a coaster at anchor, in thave been scarcely suspended. The graziers had no need to feed their cattle. A schooner came in while we lay here, bringing us some letters from merchants at Cape Town, welcoming us to the colony, and offering to supply us with coal, or whatever else we might need. I had left orders both at Fernando de Noronha, and Bahia, for
events of the twelve months during which the Alabama had been commissioned Alabama arrives at Cape Town capture of the sea bride excitement thereupon correspondence between the American Consul an herself with whatever might be necessary. A little after mid-day, as we were hauling in for Cape Town, sail ho! was cried from aloft; and when we had raised the sail from the deck, we could see qin case he should be blown off by a gale. The capture of this ship caused great excitement at Cape Town, it having been made within full view of the whole population. The editor of a daily newspapepairs. This letter had been made public in the morning, and had caused no little excitement. Cape Town, that has been more than dull—that has been dismal for months, thinking and talking of nothing men. The editor of the Argus has not overdrawn the picture when he says, that nearly all Cape Town was afloat, on the evening of the arrival of the Alabama. The deck of the ship was so crowded,
Chapter 47: A gale at Cape Town Alabama gets under way for Simon's Town capture of tr, Sir Philip Wodehouse, also came over from Cape Town during our stay. Lunches on board the diffecenes over again. Most of them went over to Cape Town, in the stagecoach that was running between e waters in which I was anchored. When at Cape Town, an English merchant had visited me, and madther's smoke. The Vanderbilt visited both Cape Town, and Simon's Town, and lay several days at erwarded to me by the Collector of Customs at Cape Town, wherein it is represented, that the Tuscalo cargo, to an English subject who resides at Cape Town. The Tuscaloosa had landed some wool at Ang, to order coal for the Alabama, around from Cape Town. And as the operation of coaling and makingaved worse than usual, on this last visit to Cape Town. Some of them had been jugged by the authorcess to the police for redress. My agent at Cape Town, having made every exertion in his power to [1 more...]
But American commerce, which, as the reader has seen, had fled this beaten track before we left for the East Indies, had not returned to it. The few ships of the enemy that passed, still gave the Cape a wide berth, and winged their flight homeward over the by-ways, instead of the highways of the ocean. We found the coast clear again of the enemy's cruisers. That huge old coal-box, the Vanderbilt, having thought it useless to pursue us farther, had turned back, and was now probably doing a more profitable business, by picking up bockade-runners on the American coast. This operation paid—the captain might grow rich upon it. Chasing the Alabama did not. Finding that it was useless for us to cruise longer off the Cape, we ran into Cape Town, and came to anchor at half-past 4, on the afternoon of the 20th of March. We had gone to sea from Simon's Town, on our way to the East Indies, on the 24th of the preceding September,— our cruise had thus lasted within a day or two of six mont
Chapter 52: Alabama again in Cape Town the seizure of the Tuscaloosa, and the discussion which grew out of it correspondence between the author and Admiral Walker final action of the home Government, and release of the Tuscaloosa. After our long absence in the East Indies, we felt like returning home when we ran into Table Bay. Familiar faces greeted us, and the same welcome was extended to us as upon our first visit. An unpleasant surprise awaited me, however, in the course the British Government had recently pursued in regard to my tender, the Tuscaloosa. The reader will recollect, that I had dispatched this vessel from Angra Pequeña, back to the coast of Brazil, to make a cruise on that coast. Having made her cruise, she returned to Simon's Town, in the latter part of December, in want of repairs and supplies. Much to the astonishment of her commander, she was seized, a few days afterward, by Admiral Sir Baldwin Walker, under orders from the Home Government.