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The 58,000-Mile, Around-the-World Cruise of the Confederacy's Last Ship Afloat
The sleek, 222-foot, black auxiliary steamer "The Sea King" left London on October, 8, 1864, ostensibly bound for Bombay. The subterfuge was ended off the shores of Madeira, as the ship was rechristened and outfitted for war. With new gun ports cut to accommodate additional cannon, the "CSS Shenandoah" commenced the last, most quixotic sea story of the Civil War, the 58,000-mile, around-the-world cruise of the Confederacy's third most successful merchant raider. Before its voyage was over, thirty- two Union merchant and whaling ships and their cargoes would be sunk. But it was after ship and crew had rounded Africa's Cape of Good Hope, stopped long enough in Australia to cause a diplomatic crisis, and navigated the ice floes of Siberia's Sea of Okhotsk, the Bering Sea, and the Arctic Ocean that their journey took its most fearful turn.
Four months after the Civil War was over, the "Shenandoah"'s Captain Waddell finally learned he was, and had been, fighting without cause or state. In the eyes of the Union, he had gone from being an enemy combatant to a pirate, a hangable offense. Hunted by Union and British men-of-war, his polyglot crew rife with hints of mutiny, and with dwindling supplies, Waddell elected to camouflage the ship, circumnavigate the globe, and attempt to surrender on English soil.
Assembled from hundreds of original documents, including intimate shipboard journals kept by Shenandoah officers, "Sea of Gray" is a masterful narrative of men at sea.
Title: Sea of Gray: The Around-the-world Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah
Categories: American Civil War,
Edition: First American Edition
Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A., Hill & Wang Pub: 2006
ISBN Number: 0809095114
ISBN Number 13: 9780809095117
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: As New
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 042891
Description: The 58,000-mile circumnavigation of the Confederacy's last ship afloat. The auxiliary steamer Sea King left London becoming the CSS Shenadoah en-route to her new career as a merchant raider. Assembled from original documents including intimate shipboard journals of officers and seamen. 432pp.