By Cyrus Chun
Originally Published 12/1997
French motto ca.t into the .hip’. wheel ring:
“AIDE TOI ET DIEU ‘1″ AIDBRA” “GOD HELP THOSE WHO BELP THEMSELVES”
Built in Liverpool, England, the privateer C.S.S. Alabama sailed forth 23 June 1862 to wreck havoc. · She was denied permission to dock for repairs by the Prench and was sunk in battle by the U.S.S. Kearsage on 19 June 1864 off the Prench Port of Cherbourg.
Commanded by a Southerner; Raphael Semmes, Captain, Conf Navy, with an almost ezclusive British crew, the Alabama was a raider and a sailing steamship. She had sunk, burned or oaptured 69 Pederal ships, inoluding the U.S.S. Hatteras.
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