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Off the coast of Brazil, the Confederate raider, Alabama, burns the New York bark Amazonian

Rafael Semmes, circa 1864, detail
06/02/1863
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 Amazonian was one of the twenty-nine ships she seized during this period. The 480-ton New York bark  was bound from Boston to Montevideo in Uruguay with a cargo of oil and varnish that made a spectacular fire when, 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), 12. 

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