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U.S.S. Florida captures the blockade runner Calypso off the North Carolina coast.

Civil War at Sea Topic Image, Crew members of the USS Pawnee
06/11/1863
Off the coast of North Carolina, the U.S.S. Florida sighted the distant six hundred ton blockade runner Calypso.  After a long chase, the Florida forced the Calypso's surrender about forty miles south of Cape Fear. The Calypso's captain put off his passengers, including several women, in boats and tried to scuttle his vessel.  Florida's carpenters were able to save the Calypso from sinking and took her as a valuable prize with an estimated worth of $200,000. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Capture of the Calypso," in Frank Moore, ed., The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1864), VII: 294-295. 

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