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Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah
Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah Tom Chaffin 0809095114 9780809095117 The 58,000-Mile, Around-the-World Cruise of the Confederacys Last Ship Afloat The sleek, 222-foot, black auxiliary
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Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah by Tom Chaffin

The 58,000-Mile, Around-the-World Cruise of the Confederacys 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 Africas Cape of Good Hope, stopped long enough in Australia to cause a diplomatic crisis, and navigated the ice floes of Siberias 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 Shenandoahs 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.

Author: Tom Chaffin

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 448

Publisher: Hill and Wang

Publication Date: 2006-01-24

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ISBN: 0809095114


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