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Biarritz (France) (search for this): chapter 48
the authorities, steamed out again without coming to an anchor, and took a station off the breakwater, in order to prevent the Alabama from escaping. It was evidently not Semmes' intention to fight anybody, for he was about to go into dock and give his men two months leave, when they would have scattered to parts unknown; but as Cherbourg was exclusively a naval port, the French Admiral would not admit the Alabama into drydock until he obtained permission from the Emperor, then absent at Biarritz. Had the latter been in Paris, the fight with the Kearsarge would never have taken place. Under the circumstances, it would not have done to decline the combat which the Kearsarge offered; and Captain Semmes. after so long warring on peaceful merchant vessels, directed the Confederate agent in Cherbourg to request Captain Winslow to wait for him and he would give him battle as soon as he could get some coal on board. The Captain of the Alabama occupied four days in preparations for ba
Pacific Ocean (search for this): chapter 48
s running out, and decided to shape his course for the Island of Martinique, where he had directed Captain Bullock to send him a coal-ship. On the 2d of November he captured the Levi Starbuck, a New Bedford whaler, bound on a voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Like all her class just starting out, she was filled with all sorts of stores and Yankee nicknacks; and although the Alabama had been filled up a dozen times since she started from the Azores with stores taken from her prizes, yet she had the applied the torch without compunction, and the career of the Golden Eagle was speedily terminated. The Alabama now crossed the equator and stationed herself in the great tollgate of commerce, through which traders from India, China, the Pacific Ocean and South America were continually passing, rejoicing as they reached these latitudes that the long, weary road was behind them, and that but a short and easy passage lay between them and their homes. It had never occurred to the American
Rockland, Me. (Maine, United States) (search for this): chapter 48
f Boston, and although their cargoes were owned in part by neutrals, Semmes took a new view of the law, and burned them, after helping himself to about forty tons of coal. A day or two after this, in the morning-watch, the look-out on the Alabama sighted a tall, fine ship standing to the southward. All sail was made in chase, and as the southwest wind, then blowing fresh, was favorable to the Alabama, she overhauled the stranger before nightfall. The prize was the Louisa Hatch. of Rockland, Maine, from Cardiff, with a cargo of Welsh coal for Port de Galle, Island of Ceylon. The bill of lading required this cargo to be delivered to the Messageries Imperiales Steamship Company, and a certificate was on the back of this document to the effect that the coal belonged to that company. But, in Captain Semmes' opinion, this certificate was not properly sworn to, so he decided that the Louisa Hatch was a good prize-of-war; and this idea was strengthened by the fact that she was loaded
Liverpool (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 48
ld join her. The former then made his way to Liverpool in the steamer Bahama, and found that the 29mander Sernmes, after spending a few days in Liverpool, collecting his officers and making financiae same business. A week after Semmes left Liverpool he was in Porto Praya, where he found the 29r decks had well understood before they left Liverpool that they were to enlist in the Confederate onfined to a statement made by the Consul at Liverpool, of suspicious circumstances connected with It was added that the Customs authorities at Liverpool should endeavor to ascertain the truth of thidavits were delivered to the authorities at Liverpool, one of which, made by a seaman who had been9th. On that day, however, the Alabama left Liverpool, without an armament, and ostensibly on a trbeen immediately apprised of her escape from Liverpool, took no effective measures to arrest the cae English flag. The Chamber of Commerce, in Liverpool, writing to Earl Russell, as late as Novembe[3 more...]
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 48
ployment and determined to return to the Confederate States. An opportunity soon offered, and he to that she was going out to fight for the Confederate States. Other depositions to the same effect wtriking a blow at the whale fishery of the United States, which had for years been carried on in th, burned a pound of coal in his pursuit of United States commerce; all his operations had been cond this time become pretty well known in the United States, and Semmes' methods were understood. Shitish to see the once great commerce of the United States being turned over to the protection of the no end to the indignities heaped upon the United States and its commerce while the Alabama remainehad foreseen had now come to pass, and the United States carrying-trade was being transferred to En The news received at Cape Town from the Confederate States was far from encouraging; everything seeass Fireman. All the above natives of the United States. Win. Alsdorf and Clement Antoine, Coalhe[26 more...]
Nassau River (Florida, United States) (search for this): chapter 48
d Navy. Semmes in England. takes passage for Nassau. receives Captain's commission. ordered to cst blockade-runner Melita, which landed him at Nassau, N. P., on the 13th of June, 1862. On the sams were wrapped up in that beautiful staple. Nassau, originally an insignificant town, sought only as mail-packets, returning again and again to Nassau with heavy loads of cotton, which were there ta cruiser. At this moment she was detained at Nassau by the Attorney-General of the colony for a vis with J. B. Lafitte, the Confederate agent at Nassau, to meet him at Grand Key, where the guns weret the sailors had been indulging too freely at Nassau, and there laid in the germs of fever, which wa, from the time the Florida first appeared in Nassau up to the time of her leaving Havana, that it of the squadron, of the Florida's having left Nassau; but no news of her having reached Cardenas hames: He had been kept several anxious weeks at Nassau waiting for an opportunity to return to Europe[2 more...]
Bahia (Bahia, Brazil) (search for this): chapter 48
, Dorcas Prince and Union Jack. the Alabama and Confederate steamer Georgia at Bahia. capture of the Gilderslieve, Justiana, Jaben Snow, Amazonian, Talisman and Cor crews were removed. On the 11th of May the Alabama landed her prisoners at Bahia, and was ordered by the Brazilian authorities to leave the port in twenty-four er Federal naval force, to respect the United States. The British residents of Bahia did all in their power to make Semmes' stay pleasant, congratulating themselvesof the United States was being rapidly driven from the ocean, and this although Bahia derived its chief importance from its trade with that country. While the Alabama was in Bahia, the Confederate steamer Georgia, Commander William L. Maury commanding, anchored in the port, much increasing the respect of the Governor for the ce on the coast of Brazil. After the Alabama bade farewell to the Georgia at Bahia, she was put under press of sail, and quickly overhauled the Gilderslieve, of N
Head of Westport (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 48
bama had finished coaling, signal was made from the high peaks of the island that two large American whalers had hove — to and were sending boats on shore. Semmes immediately got up steam and proceeded in search of his prey. The Confederate cruiser was soon alongside, and no time was lost in determining their fate. The Lafayette, of New Bedford, in the course of an hour, was burning brightly, much to the amusement of the robbers and murderers on shore. The other prize, the Kate Cory, of Westport, was retained to act as a cartel and convey the one hundred and ten prisoners on board the Alabama to the United States. By 7 P. M. the Alabama again anchored in the harbor with her prize, without any objection from the Governor, yet the Government of Brazil subsequently pretended to be very indignant at the violation of neutrality whereby the Confederate cruiser Florida was taken from one of her ports. There was no end to the indignities heaped upon the United States and its commerce
Terceira (Portugal) (search for this): chapter 48
d time. Maffitt lights up the sea. the Alabama. Semmes joins the Alabama at Terceira. in commission. capture of starlight, ocean Rover, alert, weather-gauge and he vigilance (!) of the English authorities and had proceeded to the island of Terceira,where she was awaiting the arrival of her battery on another vessel, which had, got the vessels alongside and completed his outfit. He then steamed back to Terceira and filled his vessel with coal. Terceira is a beautiful place, nearly everTerceira is a beautiful place, nearly every foot of the island is under cultivation, and from a distance the whole country looks like a rambling village, where Nature seems to smile as it does nowhere else. rch of plunder and leave behind her a track of flame! Semmes had arrived in Terceira on a Wednesday, and by Saturday night all his labors were completed. The 290‘bama sighted the island of Dominica, the first land she had made since leaving Terceira in the Azores. Semmes now put his vessel under steam and ran for Martinique —
Bucksport (Maine, United States) (search for this): chapter 48
ieve, of New York, and the Justina, of Baltimore. The latter, being a Maryland ship, was converted into a cartel, and after taking all Semmes' prisoners on board and giving a ransom-bond, was allowed to depart. The other vessel was loaded with coal; but as the captain had no sworn certificate of ownership by British subjects, and as the Alabama did not need it, Semmes' Admiralty Court decreed that the Gilderslieve should be converted into a bonfire. The next day, the Jabez Snow, of Bucksport, Maine, laden with Cardiff coal, was captured. As the cargo was evidently British property, Semmes might perhaps have released the vessel under a ransonm-bond but for a letter found on board to the following effect: We hope you will arrive safely and in good season, but we think you will find business rather flat at Liverpool, as American ships especially are under a cloud, owing to dangers from pirates, more politely styled privateers, which our kind friends in England are so willing sho
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