CSS Alabama's South African Expeditionary Raid
The CSS Alabama's South African Expeditionary Raid commenced shortly after the CSS Alabama left Brazil and the south Atlantic Ocean and cruised under Africa near the Cape of Good Hope. The raid lasted from about the beginning of August, 1863 to the end of September, 1863.
The primary area of operation during this expeditionary raid, was the southern seaboard of Africa ranging east and west hunting for China clippers having to make the voyage around the cape nearer Cape Town.
The CSS Alabama worked its way slowly back and forth in the vicinity of Cape Town in one of the least successful of its seven raids, capturing a few Yankee barks. While operating in this area the USS Vanderbilt (1862) pulled into Simon's Town in pursuit of the CSS Alabama, but had no luck in finding the elusive Confederate raider of the sea. The CSS Alabama rendevouzed a few times with her daughter ship the CSS Tuscaloosa.
|Date||Ship Name||Tonnage||Ship Type||Location||Disposition of Ship|
|August 5, 1863||Sea Bride||?||Bark||Near Cape Town||Captured & sold|
|August 9, 1863||Martha Wenzell||?||Bark||Cape of Good Hope||Captured & let go|
- Hearn, Chester G., Gray Raiders of the Sea, Louisiana State Press, 1996. ISBN 0-8071-2114-2
- Luraghi, Raimondo, A History of the Confederate Navy, U.S. Naval Institute Press, 1996. ISBN 1-55750-527-6