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CSS Tuscaloosa (bark)

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Civil War Medal

  • Date and location of construction of the bark rigged sailing ship Conrad unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • The American bark Conrad, while en route from Buenos Aires to New York was captured by CSS Alabama, 20 June 1863
  • Being fast and well adapted for a cruiser, CAPT. R. Semmes, CSN, of the Alabama commissioned her the next day as a cruiser and tender to Alabama
  • Renamed Tuscaloosa, she was armed with three 12-pounders transferred from Alabama with LT. J. Low, CSN in command of a crew of 15 men
  • Supplied and armed Low was instructed to cruise in the direction of the Cape of Good Hope
  • On 31 July Tuscaloosa captured the American ship Santee with a cargo of rice and bonded her for $150,000
  • On 8 August, LT. Low brought Tuscaloosa into Simon's Bay in South Africa
  • From Simon's Bay Low departed for a 90-day cruise during which he stopped at Angra Pequena, Southwest Africa to unload the ex-Conrad's cargo
  • On 19 November he put into St. Catherine's, Brazil, for supplies but was not allowed to purchase them and was informed he must depart before nightfall.
  • Tuscaloosa returned to Simon's Bay 26 December only to be seized by British authorities as an uncondemned prize which had violated the neutrality of Her Majesty's Government
  • The British authorities ordered Tuscaloosa to be held until properly reclaimed by her original owners Low and his men left the ship and an officer and men from HMS Narcissus were placed on board.
  • Her owners never reclaim her and in March 1864 she was released by the British authorities
  • Turned over to Union forces after the war
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 500 t.
    Length unknown
    Beam unknown
    Depth of Hull unknown
    Draft unknown
    Speed unknown
    two 12-pdr rifles
    Propulsion sail

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