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The Daily Dispatch: May 9, 1863., [Electronic resource], The Confederate privateer Japan or Virginia, her armament, &c. (search)
hat put in here yesterday, brought decisive and important information in reference to the large iron steamship that left Greenock on April 24, under the name of Japan, and was said to be proceeding on a voyage to the China seas.-- Rumor then attribuundred to two hundred and fifty horse power. She has all the ferments for carrying heavy guns, shot, and shell, and left Greenock with over one hundred men, who were all shipped at very high wages, and in perfect cognizance of the real intention of their voyage, at the shipping master's office in Greenock. They were shipped for two years for a voyage to Shanghai, Hong-Kong, and any intermediate ports. After they had proceeded to see another set of articles were produced by the captain, in stated that he had no wish to take any man with him against his will, and landed these hands here by the Alar. From Greenock the Japan proceeded to a creek on the coast of France, east of Channel Islands. The Alar, that has been for several yea