From the Journal of Capt. Semmes:

Friday, April 22.--Weather very fine; wind light from the E. to S.S.E.; current 17 miles N.W. 1/2 N. Latitude 17 23', longitude 30 56'. A sail in sight on the lee bow; have hauled up a couple of points to cut her off. Chased this sail all night.

Saturday, April 23.--Weather fine; wind moderate from the E.N.E. At daylight showed United States colors to the chase, about 2 miles ahead. Responded with the same. Hove her to by a signal, and sent a boat on board and captured her . . . Ship and cargo condemned. Latitude 15 52' 47", longitude 31 44'. Transferring stores and prisoners fro the prize. In the afternoon made a target of the prize, and fired shot and shell at her, with reasonable success. At 5 p.m. set her on fire, and filled away and made sail. During the first watch chased and boarded an English ship, from Liverpool for Calcutta, thirty-eight days out, from which we procured some newspapers.


Source: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion. Washington, D.C.: G.P.O., 1896.

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