Category Archives: 19th Century American Maritime

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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10 Things To Know About Europe During The American Civil War

Here are ten things you’ll want to know about Europe and European rulers and their roles during the American Civil War. The facts we’re briefly presenting tie to the blockade runner situation, and it’s not a comprehensive list. Europe and … Continue reading

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Blockade Runners: Running The Confederate Economy?

It’s the post that some of my readers have been waiting for… Let’s talk about Blockade Runners’ role in the Confederate economy and their economic impact. These unarmed merchant vessels – owned privately or by the state or Confederate governments … Continue reading

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Blockade Runners: Technology At Work

I don’t know how you envision blockade runners, but I know before I started studying I assumed they were sailing ships. I don’t really know why I thought that, and it was quite a learning revolution as I started exploring … Continue reading

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Blockade Runners’ Cargoes

What did blockade runners bring to the Confederate states? Or maybe a better question: what didn’t they bring? In previous posts, I’ve briefly mentioned some of the cargoes, but I thought it might be worthwhile to devote a whole post … Continue reading

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