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Canoe of Bilibili.New Guinea.

The best canoe seen by explorers were at Bilibili of Madang Province which is the center of a flourishing pottery industry, the canoes being largely employed in this trade: The canoes are from 20 to 30 feet long; each end of the hull is produced into a long point flattened above, to which Ovulum shells are fastened. Many canoes have two washstrakes on each side which are frequently painted with representations of fishes, turtles, and birds. Canoe have the breakwater as having fastened to it in front a carved forwardly protecting spur to which tassels are attached. The two booms are curved and each is connected to the rather weak float (about 14 feet long) by two pairs of undercrossed sticks. Amidships on the booms is a platform on which is erected a kind of cabin resembling a large cage in which merchandise (pottery), provisions, and weapons, are stored; a potsherd with glowing charcoal in a layer of sand is carried on the platform. The roof forms a second platform and has lateral railings. There is a two mast. Each mast carries a small quadrangular mat sail, they diverge fore and aft from two-storied platform. The end of the mast is often adorned with a roughly carved wooden bird or a ruddled Nautilus shell. The Bilibili natives are not great sailors. They may go as far as Karkar ( Dampier lsland) a distance of 40 miles, and never go out of sight of land, nor do they put to sea in rough weather but on the whole the sea here is calm. The Bilibili canoes of a smaller build are exactly like those at Bongu. Тhe anchor as a piece of tree trunk, the partially cut-off branches of which form hooks; it is weighted with one large or several small stones which are bound on with rattan, and a strong rattan serves at a cable, this use how a sinker for a fishtrap. There are three sizes of paddles for men, women, and children, besides the steering paddle which are large and rough. The grips of the paddles have the grip carved and often pierced, or as in some steering paddles, with a human head but there is no crutch.
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Sources:A. Haddon, John. Hornell: Canoes of Oceania.1937.Volume II.

Vaga of Suau Island

The canoe[Vaga] of this part of New Guinea [east of South Cape] is usually about twenty-five feet in length, and carries seven or eight people. It is made of the trunk of a tree, hollowed out like a long trough, roundly pointed at each end, a foot and a half in extreme width, with the sides bulging out below and falling in at top, leaving only eight inches between the gunwales which are strengthened by a pole running along from end to end. The end which are alike are carved in imitation of the head of a turtle or snake, but more elaborately. The outrigger consist of a float as long as the canoe, from wich it is 4 feet distant. Each of the numerous booms is attached to the float by means of two pairs of undercrossed sticks. In the Waga there are from five to nine booms, three or seven of which support the platform, the two end ones being quite free. There is no washstrake, but there appears to be a pole on each gunwale on which the booms rest. The inner ends of booms rest in notches in both gunwales, and are secured there. The booms support a not great platform made of strong rattan laths . The canoes seen by explorers were provided with only a small temporary sail made by interlacing the leaflets of a coconut palm leaf and stuck up on pole when going with the wind free. The Vaga is commonly used, in moderate weather, for short passages and for going out a few miles at sea to fish. In fine weather with light wind they are often used for expeditions of from 10 to 20 miles along the coast. They hug the shore all the way so that if bad weather sets in the voyagers can haul the vaga up on the beach of some quiet bay. The explorer Abel remarks: "If a dead fair wind favours the voyagers, it is only the matter of a few minutes to paddle the craft in shore cut an impromptu mast from the thick bush along the coast, scale the cocoa nut palm tree and haсk off two long leaves, plait these together for a sail, re embark and up stick and away down the coast at the rate of three knots an hour." The Vaga is propelled by means of paddles and is made out of a solid log. The paddles are like those of the Louisiades Archipelage with spear-shaped blades and slender handles, but are larger measuring six feet in length and of neater construction, the end of the handle being carved into some fanciful device." The bailer is scoop-shaped, made of wood, with an inwardly projecting handle.
Papua New Guinea 2009;K3.70;SG?
Sources:A. Haddon, John. Hornell: Canoes of Oceania.1937.Volume II.

ZAANDAM cruise vessel 2000

Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 6036 by Fincantieri Breda, Marghera, Italy for the Holland America Line, Nassau Bahamas.
26 June 1998 laid down.
29 April 1999 floated out under the name ZAANDAM.
Tonnage 60,906 grt, 31,224 net, 6,150 dwt, dim. 237.0 x 32.25 x 7.80m. (draught), length bpp.202.8m.
Powered by five 12-cyl. Sulzer-Fincantiere diesels, each 8,640 kW. driven two electric motors, twin shafts, two controllable pitch propellers, speed 22 knots.
Accommodation for 1,432 passengers and 615 crew.
06 April 2000 completed,
08 April 2000 delivered to owners. Building cost US$300 million.
04 May 2000 christened by the actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in Fort Lauderdale.
06 May 2000 maiden cruise voyage from Fort Lauderdale to the Caribbean.
MS ZAANDAM is a cruise ship owned and operated by Holland America Line, named for the city of Zaandam, Netherlands near Amsterdam. She was built by Italy’s Fincantieri in Venice, and delivered in 2000. ZAANDAM is part of the 'R-Class' and a sister ship to MS VOLENDAM , MS ROTTERDAM and MS AMSTERDAM . MS ZAANDAM has a musical theme and is decorated with artifacts and memorabilia from different musical genres. Items such as a Baroque-style Dutch pipe organ and guitars signed by the Rolling Stones, Carlos Santana and Queen can be seen.
One of the aft stairways also has a saxophone signed by former United States President Bill Clinton.
Several earlier vessels in the company also bear the name ZAANDAM: A single-funnel steam ship known as SS ZAANDAM (1882–1897) and MS ZAANDAM (1938–1942). The latter was torpedoed by German submarine U-174 and sank.
Current Cruises
ZAANDAM sails out of Alaska during the summer and during the winter sails Mexico and Hawaii. In December and January, the ZAANDAM cruises the Antarctic and South America.
2016 In service, still owned by HAL Antillen NV, IMO No 9156527. Beneficial owner Carnival Group. Under Dutch flag with homeport Rotterdam.

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Built as a submarine by the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine for the USA Navy.
27 September 1938 laid down.
15 August 1939 launched as the USS SEAWOLF (SS-197), christened by Mrs. Edward C. Kalbfus, she was one of the Sargo class. The boat was named after a solitary fish with strong, prominent teeth and projecting tusks that give it a savage look.
Displacement 1,470 ton surfaced, 2,390 ton submerged, dim. 94.64 x 8.18 x 5.06m. (draught surfaced).
Powered by 4 General Motors Model 16-248 V16 diesel engines, driving electrical generators, 5,400 shp, speed 21 knots. 4 High speed General Electric electric motors with reduction gears, 2,740 shp., twin shafts, speed submerged 8.75 knots.
Range 11,000 mile by a speed of 10 knots surface, submerged by a speed of 2 knots, 48 hours.
Test depth 76 metre.
Crew 59.
01 December 1939 commissioned, Lt. Frederick B. Warder in command.
After fitting out, SEAWOLF departed Portsmouth on 12 April 1940 for her shakedown cruise which lasted until 21 June and took her as far south as the Panama Canal Zone. SEAWOLF was next assigned to the Pacific Fleet with her home port, San Diego. In the autumn of 1940, she proceeded to Manila Bay and operated from the Cavite Navy Yard. When war with Japan began, the submarine readied for sea and was on her first war patrol from 8 to 26 December 1941.
SEAWOLF hunted Japanese shipping off San Bernardino Strait. On the 14th, she fired a spread of torpedoes at a tender or supply ship in Port San Vicente with unknown results. She promptly underwent her first depth charge attack but suffered no damage.
SEAWOLF departed Manila on 31 December 1941 for Australia and arrived at Port Darwin on 9 January 1942. She loaded between 30 and 40 tons of .50 caliber antiaircraft ammunition for use by American forces on Corregidor and sailed for Manila Bay on the 16th. The submarine sighted seven Japanese freighters accompanied by four destroyers and a cruiser on the 21st but had no opportunity to fire any of the eight torpedoes that she had onboard. The ammunition was unloaded on 28 and 29 January at Corregidor. SEAWOLF then loaded torpedoes and headed for Surabaya, Java.
SEAWOLF sailed out of Surabaya on 15 February and began patrolling in the Java Sea-Lombok Strait area. On the 19th, she fired four torpedoes at two Japanese freighter-transports. Damage to one was not ascertained, but the other was last seen down by the stern and listing to starboard. A week later, she fired her stern tubes at a freighter and watched one hit forward of the bridge before going deep to evade depth charges from an escorting destroyer at which she had also fired. In March, SEAWOLF was hunting between Java and Christmas Island. On the last day of the month, she fired a spread at a Jintsu class cruiser which produced one explosion. The submarine then underwent seven and one-half hours of depth charge attacks. On 1 April, she attacked two cruisers. A violent explosion was heard, but no flames were seen. SEAWOLF ended her patrol on 7 April at Fremantle.
From 12 May to 2 July, SEAWOLF patrolled the Philippine Islands area. She attacked freighters on 20 and 23 May, and on 12, 13, 15, and 28 June. On the 13th, she fired at two ships and her crew heard four explosions. The submarine was credited with sinking converted gunboat, NAMPO MARU, on 15 June. SEAWOLF returned to Fremantle for three weeks before beginning her sixth war patrol.
SEAWOLF prowled the Sulu and Celebes seas from 25 July to 15 September. She attacked a tanker on 3 August, sank HACHIGEN MARU on the 14th and SHOWA MARU 11 days later. SS-197 returned to Fremantle to refit and then hunted in the Davao Gulf area from 7 October to 1 December. SEAWOLF sank GIFU MARU on 2 November, SSGAMI MARU (7,189 tons) the next day, and KEIKO MARU on the 8th. She ended her patrol at Pearl Harbor en route to the west coast.
SEAWOLF arrived at Mare Island on 10 December 1942 and underwent an overhaul that lasted until 24 February 1943. She returned to Pearl Harbor on 13 March and, on 3 April, stood out for another patrol. She ended this patrol early, on 3 May, because she had expended all torpedoes on enemy shipping near the Bonin Islands. On 15 April, she torpedoed KAIHEI MARU; sank old destroyer, Patrol Boat No. 39, on the 23d; and sank two 75-ton sampans with her 3-inch gun.
SEAWOLF returned to Midway for refitting and departed that island on 17 May and headed for the East China Sea. She ran into several large convoys as she prowled from Formosa to Nagasaki. The submarine tracked a convoy of 11 ships and fired a spread of torpedoes at a large freighter on 6 June. One torpedo hit the target but proved to be a dud, and another passed under the freighter and hit an escort. Two weeks later, she fired a spread at four ships. One was hit in the stern and sank in approximately nine minutes. This was SHOJIN MARU loaded with troops. SEAWOLF returned to Midway on 8 July and, four days later, steamed into Pearl Harbor.
Her next patrol was from 14 August to 15 September. This patrol, in the East China Sea, was also ended prematurely due to firing all torpedoes. She sank 12,996 tons of enemy shipping, excluding two 75-ton sampans sunk by shellfire. SEAWOLF made contact with a six-ship convoy on her third day in the patrol area. She attacked day and night for three days before finally surfacing to sink FUSEI MARU with her deck gun.
On SEAWOLF's 11th patrol, in the South China Sea, from 5 October to 27 November, she sank WUHU MARU, KAIFUKU MARU, and damaged a 10,000-ton cargo ship. The submarine refitted at Pearl Harbor and, on 22 December 1943, headed for the East China Sea on what was to be her most lucrative patrol. She attacked a seven-ship convoy on the night of 10 and 11 January 1944 and sank three ships totaling 19,710 tons.
On the 14th, SEAWOLF fired her last four torpedoes at two merchant ships in a convoy, damaging one and sinking YAMATSURU MARU. She continued tracking the convoy while radioing its position to WHALE (SS-239). WHALE arrived on the 16th and promptly attacked, damaging one ship and sinking DENMARK MARU. The next morning, WHALE damaged another before action was broken off.
SEAWOLF returned to Pearl Harbor on 27 January and sailed for San Francisco two days later. After undergoing a major overhaul at Hunters Point, the submarine headed west on 16 May. When she reached Pearl Harbor, she was assigned the task of photographing Peleliu Island in the Palaus, in preparation for the forthcoming attack on that stronghold. She carried out this mission despite constant enemy air patrols from 4 June to 7 July.
The submarine headed to Majuro for voyage repairs and was rerouted to Darwin. There, she received orders sending her on a special mission to Tawitawi, Sulu Archipelago. The submarine approached to within 700 yards of the beach, picked up a Capt. Young and took him to Brisbane.
SEAWOLF stood out of Brisbane on 21 September to begin her 15th war patrol. She reached Manus on the 29th, refueled, and sailed the same day carrying stores and Army personnel to the east coast of Samar.
SEAWOLF and NARWHAL (SS-167) exchanged radar recognition signals at 0756 on 3 October in the Morotai area. Shortly thereafter, a 7th Fleet task group was attacked by a Japanese submarine. SHELTON (DE-407) was torpedoed, and ROWELL (DE-403) stood by to search for the enemy. Two planes were sent from the carrier MIDWAY (CVE-63) to assist in the search. One of the planes sighted a submarine submerging and dropped two bombs on it even though it was in a safety zone for American submarines. The site was marked by dye and ROWELL steamed to the area, made sound contact, and attacked with -hedgehogs. The second attack was followed by underwater explosions, and debris rose to the surface.
No further contact was made with SEAWOLF, and her position would have placed her in the area where the plane...

COSTA FAVOLOSA cruise vessel

Built as a cruise vessel under yard No 6188 by Fincantieri Breda, Porto Marghera, Italy for Costa Crociere, SpA, Genua, Italy.
October 2007 ordered.
03 November 2009 laid down.
06 August 2010 floated out under the name COSTA FAVOLOSA.
Tonnage 113,216 grt, 10,000 dwt, dim. 289.65 x 35.50 x 11.2m., length bpp.247.7, draught 8.20m.
Powered diesel electric by 6 Wärtsilä 12V46c diesel engines, each 12,600 kW, driving two electric propulsion motors 42,000 hp, two shaft, two fixed pitch propellers, speed 19.5 knots.
Six thrusters each 1720 kW, three bow, three stern.
For supplying electric power on board she can use 6 Wärtsila diesel engines each 12,600 kW with a total output of 76,800 kW.
Accommodation for 3800 passengers and 1110 crew.
30 June 2011 delivered to owners, homeport Genoa.
02 July 2011 christened at Trieste by Mrs. Margraeth Madé.

O4 July 2011 maiden voyage.
COSTA FAVOLOSA is a cruise ship ordered for Costa Crociere in October 2007. Based on the Concordia class design, COSTA FAVOLOSA was laid down by Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard on 5 November 2009 and launched on 6 August 2010. Part of a five-ship expansion of the Costa Crociere fleet, the vessel entered service in July 2011
Design and construction
COSTA FAVOLOSA and sister ship COSTA FASCINOSA were ordered in October 2007 as part of a €2.4 billion expansion of the Costa Crociere fleet, with five ships entering service between 2009 and 2012 to increase the company's passenger capacity by 50%.COSTA FAVOLOSA cost €510 million to build.
The names of the two ships were selected via competition. The first phase saw 16,000 pairs of names submitted by travel agents and their customers from around the world, after being asked to suggest names. These names were to evoke the idea that the ships were magical and glamorous places. 25 name pairs were shortlisted and placed on the company's website, where over 42,000 visitors voted on their favorite. Favolosa (Italian for "fabulous") and Fascinosa ("fascinating" or "glamorous") were selected as the winning name pair.
The first section of the cruise ship was laid down at Fincantieri's Marghera shipyard on 5 November 2009. The ship was launched from the builder's dry dock on 6 August 2010.
The vessel is based on the Concordia class design already in service with Costa Crociere At 114,500 GTs, she can carry up to 3,800 passengers in 1,506 cabins; six more than previous Concordia class ships.
COSTA FAVOLOSA is the fifteenth ship in service with Costa Crociere.
Operational history
COSTA FAVOLOSA entered service in July 2011 when she set sail on a three-day preview cruise departing from Venice on July 4, with calls at Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Koper, Slovenia, and on July 7, an eleven-day inaugural cruise departing from Venice with calls at Bari, Italy; Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey; Mykonos, Piraeus and Olympia, Greece; and Dubrovnik.
For the 2011 summer season, COSTA FAVOLOSA sailed seven-day cruises from Venice and Bari to Olympia, Izmir, Istanbul and Dubrovnik before repositioning to Dubai for a series of winter cruises.
2016 In service, same name and owners, IMO No 9479852.

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Built as a submarine under yard No 72 by General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn. for the USA Navy.
20 October 1942 laid down.
06 June 1943 launched as the USS DARTER (SS-227) , named after any of many small American fresh-water fishes, closely related to the perch family. She was christened by Mrs. E. B. Wheeler, wife of Edwin B. Wheeler, Shipbuilding Manager of Electric Boat Company, Groton, Connecticut. She was one of the Gato class. (Wrongly given on the stamp as one of the Tang-class)
Displacement 1,549 ton surfaced, 2,424 ton submerged. Dim. 95.02 x 8.31 x 5.2m. (draught surface).
Powered by four General Motors Model 16-248 V16 diesel engines, driving electric generators, 5,400 shp surfaced, twin shafts, speed 20.4 knots. Four high speed general Electric electric motors with reduction gears, 2,740 shp, speed 8.75 knots, submerged.
Range: by a speed of 10 knots, 11,000 mile surface, submerged 48 hours by a speed of 2 knots.
Test depth 91 metre.
Armament: 10 – 21 inch torpedo tubes, 6 forward, 4 aft. Carried 24 torpedoes. 1 – 3 inch deck gun, Bofors 40mm and Oerlikon 20mm cannon.
Crew 60
7 September 1943 commissioned, Commander William S. "Gin" Stovall, Jr. in command.

DARTER put out from New London 31 October 1943 for Pearl Harbor, arriving 26 November. On 21 December, she cleared on her first war patrol, bound for the heavily traveled shipping lanes south and west of Truk. This patrol was twice interrupted for repairs, at Pearl Harbor from 29 December to 3 January 1944, and at Tulagi and Milne Bay from 30 January to 8 February. She performed a reconnaissance of Eniwetok on 12 January, and on 13 January scored a torpedo hit on a large ship, only to receive a severe depth-charging from her target's escorts. She stood by on patrol during the carrier air strikes on Truk of 16 and 17 February, then fueled at Milne Bay on her way to refit at Brisbane between 29 February and 17 March.
On her way to her second war patrol north of Western New Guinea and south of Davao, DARTER topped off fuel at Milne Bay 21 and 22 March 1944. On 30 March she sent a cargo ship to the bottom, then patrolled off New Guinea during Allied landings on its coast. She put in to Darwin to refuel on 29 and 30 April, then returned to her patrol area until 23 May when she arrived at Manus. Refitted, she put out for action waters once more 21 June on her third war patrol off Halmahera and Mindanao. She sank TSUGARU, a large minelayer, off Morotai on 29 June, and again endured a heavy depth charge barrage as a result of her attack.
Returning to Brisbane 8 August 1944, DARTER cleared on her fourth and last war patrol. She searched the Celebes and South China Seas, returned to Darwin to fuel and make minor repairs 10 September, and put back to the Celebes Sea. She put in to Mios Woendi 27 September for additional fuel, and sailed on 1 October with DACE (SS-247) to patrol the South China Sea in coordination with the forthcoming invasion of Leyte. She attacked a tanker convoy on 12 October, and on 21 October headed with DACE for Balabac Strait to watch for Japanese shipping moving to reinforce the Philippines or attack the landing forces.
In the outstanding performance of duty which was to bring both submarines the Navy Unit Commendation, DARTER and DACE made contact with the Japanese Center Force approaching Palawan Passage on 23 October 1944. Immediately, DARTER flashed the contact report, one of the most important of the war, since the location of this Japanese task force had been unknown for some days. The two submarines closed the task force, and initiated the Battle of Surigao Strait phase of the decisive Battle for Leyte Gulf with attacks on the cruisers. DARTER sank Admiral Kurita's flagship ATAGO, then seriously damaged another cruiser, TAKAO. With DACE, she tracked the damaged cruiser through the tortuous channels of Palawan Passage until just after midnight of 24 October when she grounded on Bombay Shoal. As efforts to get the submarine off began, a Japanese destroyer closed apparently to investigate, but sailed on. With the tide receding, all DACE's and DARTER's efforts to get her off failed. All confidential papers and equipment were destroyed, and the entire crew taken off to DACE. When the demolition charges planted in DARTER failed to destroy her, DACE fired torpedoes which exploded on the reef due to the shallow water. USS ROCK was called in and fired 10 torpedoes at DARTER with similar lack of success. Finally, NAUTILUS arrived on 31 October and scored 55 hits with her 6 in (150 mm) guns. Her report states, "It is doubtful that any equipment in DARTER at 1130 this date would be of any value to Japan - except as scrap. Estimated draft of DARTER - 4 feet." With the scuttling occurring late in the war, the Japanese made no efforts to recover the wreck, and her hulk remained remarkably intact as late as 1962.
DACE reached Fremantle safely with DARTER 's men on 6 November. In order to retain their high esprit de corps, the entire DARTER crew was ordered to take over MENHADEN, then being built at Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
In January 1952 a salvage party from the US Navy arrived at the wreck to dispose of the six torpedoes left on board in the forward torpedo room. Charges were placed around the torpedoes, and the resulting detonation blew off the entire bow. As of 1998 her badly deteriorated remains protrude above the surface on the reef.
In addition to the Navy Unit Commendation, DARTER received four battle stars earned during her four war patrols, the last three of which were designated as "successful". She is credited with having sunk a total of 19,429 tons of Japanese shipping. ... TER-i.html Wikipedia.
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Built as an iron passenger-cargo vessel under yard 111 by the yard of Tod & McGregor, Glasgow for M. Langlands & Son, Glasgow and managed by the Glasgow & Liverpool Steam Packet.
20 June 1861 launched under the name PRINCESS ROYAL.
Tonnage 494 gross, 828 ton burden, dim. 196.9 x 27.3 x 16ft.
Powered by a 2-cyl steam engine, two boilers, one screw, speed 11 knots.
Schooner rigged
1860 Delivered to owners.

Ostensibly she was built for the Glasgow & Liverpool Steam Packet, but her appearance was more like a blockade-runner for the Confederacy than an Irish Channel steamer.
1862 Taken over by Fraser, Trendholm & Company, Charleston S.C. and she crossed the North Atlantic loaded with two badly needed marine engines and boilers for some ram-ships, under construction in Charleston. Other cargo on board was 600 barrels of gunpowder, 6 - 70-pound Whitworth cannons, 930 steel-headed Whitworth shells, 35 tons of projectile steel, a machine for molding and some provision, the total value of the cargo was £78.808.

Sailed from London and via Newfoundland, arrived mid January 1863 at Bermuda, she was heavily loaded with a draught of 11 feet, with this draught was she slow, and not very suitable to be used as a blockade runner.
Early in the morning of 29 January 1863 she approached the entrance of Charleston, where she was sighted by the schooner G.W. BLUNT that opened fire and warned the other vessels of squadron.
The steamer USS UNADILLA forced the PRINCESS ROYAL aground, but when boarding parties reached the vessel, most of the crew and passengers had left the ship. Only some British sailors stayed behind on board.

After Union warships towed her free, she was brought north, still with the British sailors on board who were hired by the federal commander, he was short of sailors.
The prize court at Philadelphia sold her and her cargo for $342.000.

18 March 1863 sold to the U.S. Navy Department for $112.000, and she was armed with 2 – 30 pound Parrot rifles, 1 - 11 inch Dahlgren gun and four 24-pound howitzers.
29 May 1863 commissioned under command of Melancthon B. Woolsey as USS PRINCESS ROYAL.
Crew 150.

Assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron.
28 June 1863 had a sharp engagement with some Confederate forces at Donaldsonville, LA, in which USS KINEO and WINONA also participated, driving the enemy forces off.
10 August 1863 she captured the British schooner FLYING SCUD loaded with cotton near Matamoros off the Rio Oranda, Tex.
The rest of 1863 and 1864 used in the blockading service, and she captured several small brigs and schooners.
07 December 1864 together with USS CHOCURA she captured the schooner ALABAMA, which was underway from Havana.
07 February 1865 off Galveston Tex. She and the USS BIENVILLE took several small schooners.

In the summer of 1865 she was ordered to head north and she arrived at 21 July at Philadelphia, where she was decommissioned.

17 August 1865 during a public auction sold to Samuel C.Cook for $54.175, and he renamed her in GENERAL SHERMAN.
Thereafter he sent the vessel to China, which at that time was in chaos because of the Taiping upraising.
The Chinese Government hired some foreign mercenaries of which some defected to the Taiping rebels.
A group of these defectors under command of the American Henry A. Burgevine boarded the GENERAL SHERMAN and on board of her he sailed to Formosa (Taiwan), but the Royal Navy captured her during the voyage. In the encounter Burgevine was killed.

Then her ownership became murky, most probably she was bought by the British firm Meadows & Co in Tientsin (Tianjin), and was she bought or chartered by a American merchant W.B. Preston, who sent the ship to Korea.
She was loaded with merchandise and on 09 August 1866 she sailed from Tientsin, under command of Capt. Page with a crew of 28 and the missionary/interpreter, Robert Thomas, the owner Preston was also on board, after a call at Chefoo (Yantai) for fresh water she sailed to Korea, arriving off the mouth of the Daedong River on 18 August.

05 September 1866 was she attacked near Pyongyang, and the complete crew was killed, the vessel was set on fire. For the attack and killing of the crew see
The GENERAL SHERMAN did not sink she was grounded, but she was not lost, as some sources give; when the river levels rose she was refloated and moved to Seoul.
She was repaired and for some time was she the first engine powered warship of the Korean Navy. Under pressure of China she was handed back to her former American owner Samuel C. Cook in 1867.
Early 1868 bought by William F.Weld Co. Boston, Mass., who was building up his Merchants of Boston SS Co.
After a recondition and alternation she was put in the service from Boston to New Orleans service with accommodation for some passengers.
Her last voyage was, when she left on 04 January 1874 New York with on board a crew of 42 men and 4 passengers and general cargo consigned to New Orleans.
During the voyage the weather worsened and on 07 January at 02.00am. she sprung a leak, and the pumps could not manage the water level pouring in.

Her crew were rescued by the schooner SPRAY and FLORENCE and salvaged some cargo and the baggage of the passengers who disembarked at Wilmington N.C.
10 January the steam tug BRANDT steamed out from Wilmington and found the GENERAL SHERMAN still afloat, she managed to put a hawser on the ship and started towing.
Near Tub’s Inlet, twenty-seven miles from Cape Fear the GENERAL SHERMAN sank.

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Source: Clyde built ships. Lifeline of the Confederacy by Stephen R. Wise. Some other web-sites, a Google search give plenty on the ship.
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Postby markhuggins » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:28 pm

Had no idea of the history of this ship. I did several scuba dives on it in the late 1980's.
Picked up several lead shot, a rifle slug, several buttons and a belt buckle.
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