J. M. Chapman

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J. M. Chapman, 90 Ton schooner, was purchased by in 1863, by Asbury Harpending and other California members of the Knights of the Golden Circle in San Francisco to outfit as a Confederate privateer.[1]

The object of Harpending was to raid Pacific Mail Steamship Company ships along the Pacific coast carrying gold and silver shipments to Panama, to capture and carry it back to support the Confederacy. Their attempt was detected and the ship and crew were seized on the night of their intended departure by a boarding party of the USS Cyane, revenue officers and San Francisco police.[2][3]

The ship was lost in December 1864 between Shoalwater Bay and San Francisco.[4]

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