Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Most Excellent Capture (Actually Two Captures)

MAY 9TH, 1864:  The USS Connecticut, Commander Almy, seized the blockade-runner British steamer Minnie with cargo of cotton, tobacco, turpentine and $10,000 in gold.  The steamer was a well-known successful runner.  I imagine the gold was money received from the in bound voyage.  Considering it often went to Bermuda, I'd have to figure it had probably run out of Wilmington.

And, very important to the Minnie's owners, it was paid for.  On April 16, 1864, John T. Bourne, Confederate commercial agent in St. Georges, Bermuda, had advised  B.W. Hart Company, of London: "Steamer Minnie, Captain  [Thomas S.] Gilpin, has made a splendid trip, bringing 700 & odd bales of cotton & good lot of Tobacco paying for herself & the Emily."

MAY 1OTH, 1864:  The USS Connecticut, Commander Almy, captured blockade-running British steamer Greyhound, Lt. George H. Bier, CSN, with cargo of cotton, tobacco and turpentine on Government account.

--Old B-Runner

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