CSS Tuscaloosa no. 1

The high-seas Confederate commerce raider that bore the name Tuscaloosa began as an American cargo ship, the Conrad, which in June 1863 was captured in the south Atlantic by the CSS Alabama. Captain Raphael Semmes transferred a pair of rifled 12-pounders, ammunition, and personal firearms to the ship he renamed the Tuscaloosa. After capturing an American ship, the Tuscaloosa headed for South Africa, then to Brazil, and back to South Africa. British authorities seized the Tuscaloosa at the end of 1863, ending her career after only six months.  

 

Moment in History compiled by Betty Slowe and Guy Hubbs.