Age of Sail Naval Non-Fiction Section



Famous Ships

Ships & Design


Author :: Tom Chaffin
First Published by :: Hill & Wang
Format :: HC
Date :: 24 January 2006
ISBN-10 :: 0809095114
ISBN-13 :: 9780809095117
The sleek, 222-foot, black auxiliary steamer Sea King left London on October 8, 1864, ostensibly bound for Bombay. The subterfuge was ended off the shores of Madeira, where the ship was outfitted for war. The newly christened CSS Shenandoah then commenced the last, most quixotic sea story of the Civil War: the 58,000-mile, around-the-world cruise of the Confederacy's second most successful commerce raider. Before its voyage was over, thirty-two Union merchant and whaling ships and their cargoes would be destroyed. But it was only after ship and crew embarked on the last leg of their journey that the excursion took its most fearful turn.

Four months after the Civil War was over, the Shenandoah's Captain Waddell finally learned he was, and had been, fighting without cause or state. In the eyes of the world, he had gone from being an enemy combatant to being a pirate--a hangable offense. Now fearing capture and mutiny, with supplies quickly dwindling, Waddell elected to camouflage the ship, circumnavigate the globe, and attempt to surrender on English soil.

Sea of Gray

Author: Tom Chaffin

Title: Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah


First Published by: Hill & Wang


Format: HC

Date: 24 January 2006

ISBN-10: 0809095114

ISBN-13: 9780809095117



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