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The private British steam yacht "Deerhound" lands rescued survivors of the raider "Alabama" at Southampton

Sinking of the CSS Alabama, June 19, 1864
The wealthy John Lancaster and his family had sailed in their 190 ton steam yacht, Deerhound, from Cherbourg to observe the battle between the U.S.S. Kearsarge and the C.S.S. Alabama.  Following the one hour battle, the Deerhound steered in to pick up Captain Raphael Semmes, thirteen of his officers, and twenty six sailors from the water.  Lancaster took them at full speed to Southampton and landed them there, ensuring that Semmes and the others escaped U.S. Navy custody as well as drowning. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Chronicle, The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1864 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1865), 89-91.
William Marvel, The Alabama & the Kearsarge: The Sailor's Civil War (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1996), 250-255.