CSS Alabama

On this day in 1862, the CSS Alabama – Merseyside’s most famous contribution to the American Civil War – set sail from Liverpool Bay. She would go on to have a remarkable career raiding Union merchant ships.

Her voyage began in the most exciting of circumstances. An apparent series of sea trials turned suddenly into a dash across the Atlantic, foiling the US Consul’s attempt to get her impounded under the Foreign Enlistment Act. An observer at Bidston Lighthouse would have seen the Alabama sail to and fro between the Bell Beacon and the Northwest Lightship until, instead of returning to port to let the Liverpool crew and their sweethearts ashore, she disappeared over the horizon near Great Ormes Head.

Guest writer J.R.W. Davies has written this excellent article on the subject.

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  1. Maurice Rigby

    Sir, having researched the crew of the Alabama for some years now, have you considered doing an article on Henry Adams whose father worked at the Lighthouse for some years, and that his son Henry was instrumental in saving the life of Captain Semmes, when the Alabama was sunk off Cherbourg in 1864. Henry, in later life, was buried in Birkenhead and has a marker on his grave.

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