Fort Fisher

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

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Whaler Milo Arrives in San Francisco with Shenandoah's Captured Men

JULY 29TH, 1865:  The whaler Milo arrived in San Francisco Bay from the Bering Sea with 200 passengers who had formerly manned ten whalers captured and burned by the CSS Shenandoah.  The Milo had been seized as well on 22 June and bonded by Lt. Waddell for $30,000.

Having departed immediately she was over a fortnight ahead of the Shenandoah, which was beating down the North Pacific toward the Northwestern United States.  Captain David McDougal, Commander of the Mare Island Navy Yard, telegraphed this arrival to Secretary Welles and reported:  "Great apprehension felt by mercantile community of San Francisco in consequence of depredations of Shenandoah."

I reckon they'd be a bit concerned.  Before this no one knew the Shenandoah was still out there.

One Last Confederate Ship Still Operating.  --Old B-Runner

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