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Off the coast of Brazil, the Confederate raider, Alabama, captures the New York clipper ship Talisman

Rafael Semmes, circa 1864, detail
06/05/1863
After a successful six months in the Caribbean, the Confederate commerce raider Alabama moved its operations in February 1863 to the islands off Brazil to continue to disrupt U.S. maritime trade. The Talisman was one of the twenty-nine ships she seized during this period. The 1200 ton clipper ship was bound from New York to Shanghai in China with a cargo of coal together with four cannon and two steam boilers for gunboats for use against the Taiping Rebellion.  As usual, the Alabama took off what she could use and burned the captured vessel. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
W. Craig Gaines, Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2008), 23. 

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