From the Mariner's-L Archives.
The blockade-runner Rouen was captured off Wilmington 150 years ago today as mentioned in the previous post.
Jane Ward is doing research on her great-grandfather who was on the ship when it was captured and "given the choice of the hulks (prison) or joining the Union Navy, and being a smart and non-political, joined the Union Navy, served on the 'Grand Gulf' and later collected a pension on less than a year's service.
"His Scottish wife, much younger, collected a Union pension until her death in 1946, and used his service to claim U.S. citizenship."
You never know how things are going to turn out.