The jury, in consequence, brought in a verdict of not guilty.
Appeals and for a new trial followed, but were defeated upon various technical grounds, and the vessel was eventually released.
The protracted series of trials, however, kept the vessel in custody until it was too late to make use of her as a cruiser, and she became a blockade-runner.
Another vessel, the Pampero, built by Lieutenant George T. Sinclair, on the Clyde, was seized by the Scottish officials in November, 1863.
To avoid the litigation and delay which had attended the Alexandra case a compromise was arranged between the owners — that is, the builders — and the Government, by which a verdict was entered for the Crown, and the owners were allowed to retain the vessel, provided they should not sell her for two years without the consent of the Crown.
This simple arrangement, if it had been adopted in the case of the other cruisers, would have obviated the whole controversy over the so-called Alab