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Powerful and feared Confederate warship sails away from Ferrol in Spain and U.S. Navy warships decline an engagement

C.S.S. Stonewall sheltering in Ferrol Harbor, Spain, March 1865
Confederate agents had purchased the French-built ironclad in January 1865 and commissioned her in the North Sea as C.S.S. Stonewall.  Powerful but ungainly, she had put into Ferrol Harbor in Spain immediately for repairs.  When she sailed for Lisbon in Portugal, Thomas J. Craven, commanding two U.S. Navy vessels watching the port, decided only to shadow her rather than engage. Craven was later court martialed.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
James M. McPherson, War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865 (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2013), 223.