From Flickr: “NH 57256-KN (color)” by Photograph Curator

April 16, 2015 Uncategorized

19 June 1864USS Kearsarge, commanded by John A. Winslow, sank CSS Alabama, Captain Raphael Semmes, off Cherbourg, France, ending the career of the South’s most famous commerce raider. The engagement lasted an hour and ten minutes. During her career, Alabama had captured and burned 55 vessels at sea, which were valued at $4.5 million and bonded 10 others for more than half a million dollars. After Captain Semmes was rescued by the British private yacht Deerhound, it caused an international dispute between the United States and Great Britain.

CSS Alabama (1862-1864). Captain Raphael Semmes, Alabama’s commanding officer, standing by his ship’s 110-pounder rifled gun during her visit to Capetown in August 1863. His executive officer, First Lieutenant John M. Kell, is in the background, standing by the ship’s wheel. The original photograph is lightly color-tinted and mounted on a carte de visite bearing, on its reverse, the mark of E. Burmester, of Cape Town. Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN(MC), 1931. NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 57256.

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