Fort Fisher

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

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

More Blockade Runners Seized

DECEMBER 6TH, 1864:  USS Chocura, Lt.-Cmdr. Meade, seized blockade-running British schooner Lady Hurley off Velasco, Texas, with cargo including bar iron, steel, salt and medicines.  The Lady Hurley, according to Meade, was the consort of the Carrie Mair, captured by the USS Itasca a few days earlier.  She was the third prize taken by Meade in as few days as the Union blockade got tighter on the Texas coast.  Lots of crew prize money.

The USS Princess Royal captured blockade-running schooner Alabama after driving her aground near San Luis Pass, Texas.  Her crew abandoned ship and a boarding party worked her free and took the prize to Galveston.  Her cargo included iron bars, rope, flour and soda.

USS Sunflower seized blockade-running sloop Pickwick off St. George's Sound, Florida.

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