Fort Fisher

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

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Blockade Runners at the Cape Fear River

DECEMBER 1ST, 1864:  The USS Rhode Island, Cmdr. Stephen D. Trenchard, captured the blockade-running British steamer Vixen off the Cape Fear, North Carolina, with cargo including arms.

DECEMBER 2-3, 1864:  The USS Pequot, Lt.Cmdr. Braine, sighted the blockade running steamer Ella off the coast of South Carolina and pursued her for nearly seven hours before darkness halted the chase.

Early in the morning 3 December, the USS Emma sighted the Ella steering for the Western Bar of the Cape Fear River, and, attempting to intercept her, forced the runner aground near the light at Bald Head Point.Ships of the blockading squadron shelled the grounded Ella for two days before a boarding party burned the ship on 5 December.

--Old B-Runner

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