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by Tom Chaffin

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Title:Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah
Authors:Tom Chaffin
Info:Hill and Wang (2007), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 448 pages
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Sea of Gray: The Around-the-World Odyssey of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah by Tom Chaffin

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Excellent account of the last Confederate cruiser. Relying heavily upon memoirs of Captain James Waddell and other members of the crew, the author renders an exciting account of the naval exploits of a Confederate raider that never killed an enemy. Chaffin is a very good writer. ( )
  Richard7920 | Dec 1, 2013 |
An interesting historical viewpoint into the cruise of the last confederate commerce raider and her round the world journey. Detailed enough for the historian without bogging down. A good read. ( )
  dswaddell | Apr 26, 2012 |
I heard the author talk about his book at a lecture sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book. I have read a number of books on ships and realize this adds to my collection. It is an exciting story and gives such a different perspective of the Civil War.
  carterchristian1 | Dec 23, 2008 |
Weeks after the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House the last naval actions of the American Civil War unfolded in of all places the Bering Strait when the CSS Shenandoah, a converted auxiliary steamship took ten New England whaling vessels and burned most of them. This book is about that most unlikely of naval actions and the long voyage that say the Shenandoah and its motley crew from Liverpool to Australia, the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Strait, and eventually back to England - the only vessel to circumnavigate the world and last to lower its flag. Over the course of its journey the ship took more than thirty prizes worth more than a million dollars and with more than a thousand prisoners. Tom Chaffin gives an excellent overview of this massive journey, starting with the political and military motivation for outfitting a steamer to head to the whaling grounds then going through the journey itself to its eventual conclusion detailing the lives of the crews most prominent members after the conclusion of their voyage. A very fast, but not overly detailed account it does what it sets out to do and was very entertaining throughout. ( )
  CSL | Apr 22, 2008 |
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The 58,000-Mile, Around-the-World Cruise of the Confederacy's Last Ship Afloat

 
The sleek, 222-foot, black auxiliary steamer The Sea King left London on October, 8, 1864, ostensibly bound for Bombay. The subterfuge was ended off the shores of Madeira, as the ship was rechristened and outfitted for war. With new gun ports cut to accommodate additional cannon, the CSS Shenandoah commenced the last, most quixotic sea story of the Civil War, the 58,000-mile, around-the-world cruise of the Confederacy’s third most successful merchant raider. Before its voyage was over, thirty- two Union merchant and whaling ships and their cargoes would be sunk. But it was after ship and crew had rounded Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, stopped long enough in Australia to cause a diplomatic crisis, and navigated the ice floes of Siberia’s Sea of Okhotsk, the Bering Sea, and the Arctic Ocean that their journey took its most fearful turn.
Four months after the Civil War was over, the Shenandoah’s Captain Waddell finally learned he was, and had been, fighting without cause or state. In the eyes of the Union, he had gone from being an enemy combatant to a pirate, a hangable offense. Hunted by Union and British men-of-war, his polyglot crew rife with hints of mutiny, and with dwindling supplies, Waddell elected to camouflage the ship, circumnavigate the globe, and attempt to surrender on English soil.
Assembled from hundreds of original documents, including intimate shipboard journals kept by Shenandoah officers, Sea of Gray is a masterful narrative of men at sea.

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The story of 58,000-mile, around-the-world cruise of the Confederacy's last ship afloat. Launched secretly from England in October, 1864, the CSS Shenandoah became the Confederacy's second most successful merchant raider, but--after rounding Africa's Cape of Good Hope, stopping long enough in Australia to cause a diplomatic crisis, and navigating the ice floes of Siberia's Sea of Okhotsk, the Bering Sea, and the Arctic Ocean--Captain Waddell learned that he had been fighting without cause or state, since the Civil War had ended four months earlier. In the eyes of the Union, he had gone from being an enemy combatant to a pirate, a hangable offense. Hunted by Union and British men-of-war, his polyglot crew rife with hints of mutiny, and with dwindling supplies, Waddell elected to camouflage the ship, circumnavigate the globe, and attempt to surrender on English soil.--From publisher description.… (more)

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