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British Government seizes a newly-built schooner under the Foreign Enlistment Act

Liverpool-built steam schooner "Alexandra," April 1863, artist's impression
04/05/1863
Following the exploits of the British-built commerce raiders Alabama and Florida, the British Government moved to proceed with a test case involving the three-masted schooner Alexandra, recently completed in Liverpool and rumored to be bound for the Confederacy.  Customs officials seized the vessel under the Foreign Enlistment Act.  The case went to a four-day trial in London on June 22, 1863 that the Crown lost. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Warren Spencer, The Confederate Navy in Europe (Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press. 1983), 100-103. 
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