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Captured blockade runner arrives at Philadelphia Naval Yard - her cargo includes 400,000 Cuban cigars

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
10/25/1861
The U.S.S. Keystone State arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard with its prize, the Confederate blockade runner Salvor, in tow.  The Keystone State, under Commander Gustavus S. Holt, had captured her off the Tortugas Islands bound from Havana, Cuba to Tampa Bay, Florida with a cargo of coffee, cigars, and munitions on October 13, 1861.  Her cargo reportedly included 600 pistols, 500,000 percussion caps, and 400,000 cigars.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
J.Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), II: 785.

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