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CSS Tuscaloosa (bark)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
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
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.
Depth of Hull unknown
two 12-pdr rifles
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