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British ship Emily St. Pierre seized off the South Carolina coast and sent as a prize to Philadelphia

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
03/18/1862
The British sailing vessel Emily St. Pierre had left Calcutta in November 1861 bound for Charleston, South Carolina or St. John, New Brunswick depending on the war situation.  Twelve miles off the southern coast, she was seized by the U.S.S. John Adger, found to be carrying raw materials useful for war, and taken as a prize to be sailed to Philadelphia.  Three days later the British captain, William Wilson, and two of his men recaptured the ship from its prize crew and sailed to Liverpool in England, arriving there on April 21, 1862. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Seizure of the Emily St. Pierre," New York Times, May 18, 1862.
 Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 25.

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