Category Archives: 19th Century American Maritime

19th Century Maritime: Conclusion

It’s been a year – and what an exciting year. Since launching this series, it’s been a “high seas adventure” every week, bringing you historical details about many different aspects of 19th Century American Maritime History. Let’s celebrate the end … Continue reading

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Blockade Running: A Primary Source

After the Civil War (1876 to be exact), John Wilkinson wrote and published his memoirs of his blockade running days as captain aboard the Giraffe – later, renamed the Robert E. Lee.┬áThis excerpt describes the Giraffes arrival in Wilmington, North … Continue reading

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5 Blockade Runner Captains You Should Know About

I think it’s important to talk about people in history, and I realized that’s something we haven’t really done in our weeks of posts on blockade runners. This week’s first maritime post focuses on five captains who ran the Union … Continue reading

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5 Famous Blockade Runners

Famous is a relative term. Someone who is famous in his hometown might be unknown in the next state. Choosing just five blockade runners to discuss today was a challenge. Some lists of “famous” blockade runners are lengthy, leaving me … Continue reading

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Blockade Runners: If Captured

So…what happened if a blockade runner was captured? What happened to the ship? The crew? And what would a captain do to prevent capture? Today, we’ll continue our discussion of blockade runners bringing supplies to the Confederacy during the Civil … Continue reading

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Voyages Of Blockade Runners

As we’ve discussed different aspects of blockade and blockade runner history during the American Civil War, perhaps you’ve wondered about the actual voyages. What was a typical “run” or voyage like for a runner? I’ve collected some notes about challenges … Continue reading

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