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

Friday, June 26, 2015

Another Successful Day for the CSS Shenandoah: 6 Whalers in One Day

JUNE 26TH, 1865:  Shortly after midnight the CSS Shenandoah commenced a highly successful day of operations.  At 1"30 a.m. she sailed alongside three becalmed whalers.  In short order Waddell put Nimrod, William C. Nye and Catherine to the torch, ordered their crews into small boats to be towed astern of the Shenandoah and set out in pursuit of three other sails spotted to the northward.

Next, the barks General Pike, Isabella and Gipsey were captured before noon, and, after making a cartel ship out of the General Pike and bonding her, the other two whalers were burned.  "Within forty-eight hours," Waddell wrote, "the Shenandoah had destroyed and ransomed property to the value of $253,000."

--Old B-Runner

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