Fort Fisher

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

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Schooner Seized in Chesapeake Bay

MARCH 14TH, 1865:  The USS Wyandank, Acting Lt. Sylvanus Nickerson, seized the schooner Champanero off Inigoes Creek in Chesapeake Bay.  The federal Customs office at Port of St. Mary's had cleared the schooner and endorsed the accuracy of its manifest.

Nickerson alertly examined the cargo and found more than half of it not manifested, including a large quantity of powder.  He also discovered that the customs official that had signed the clearance had $4,000 worth of liquor and other readily salable merchandise in board.

Something's Fishy on the Chesapeake.  --Old B-R'er

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