|One of the rare pictures of the CSS Alabama. Her mast could be lowered below|
decks in order the disguise her profile at sea,
She was called the Enrica when she left Birkenhead, and sailed down the River Mersey for a trip to The Azores. One there, she was fitted out as a warship and christened The CSS Alabama.
Captain Raphael Semmes took command, and within weeks of her setting sail (she was a combination sail and steam ship) on August 24th, 1862, she raided a dozen whalers and other ships, removing the crews and things of value, and then sinking them.
During her life as a raider in The American Civil War, she would sink sixty-five ships, and become a much-feared arm of the Confederate States of America.
|A statue of Capt. Raphael Semmes in downtown Mobile, Alabama,|
where he lived before and after the Civil War. He is buried there.
|The Battle between the CSS Alabama and the USS Kearsarge.|
Now and then during the next several years, we'll note significant events in the story of the CSS Alabama on www.TimLennox.com.
|Documentary co-producer Bob Corley with a model|
of The CSS Alabama in a display case at The Museum
of Mobile in 2008. One of the cannons recovered from the wreckage
of the ship off the coast of France is also in that museum/