Talk:Blockade runners of the American Civil War

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Page mission[edit]

While other pages cover the Union blockade, this article concentrates on the ships and the various history surrounding the blockade itself (i.e.Supply agents, commanders, English ship builders, Confederate correspondence, trade and business) that helped to supply the Confederacy through the use of of blockade runners along with the various people central to this effort. -- Gwillhickers (talk) 19:21, 29 April 2012 (UTC)

Notable blockade runners[edit]

- Broke visually long bulleted list of ships into two divisions by propulsion types: screw-driven and side-wheeler.
- Brought some standardization to write-ups format and added dates sailing as "blockade runner" and subsequent service (CSS cruiser, CSS ironclad, USS blockade), as known.
- Disambiguated the CSS Sumter from the CSS General Sumter, with links to each. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 14:56, 5 November 2012 (UTC)

Drop SS Eagle[edit]

- I propose removing “SS Eagle” from our list of Confederate blockade runners. I have added brackets [-] to establish historical context for the general reader. Although SS Eagle is listed here from a source, ‘’SS Eagle’’ seems to have been culled from an ambiguous New York Times headline from September 22, 1864.
- Dateline Havana, Sept. 17, “Capture of a blockade runner [Matagorda] from the west indies. [--] The steamship Eagle, Capt. Lawrence, from Havana on the 17th [of September], with merchandise and passengers to Spofford, Tieston & Co., arrived at this port yesterday morning. Affairs in the West Indies[. --] Blockade Runners[Denbia and Susanna. --] Correspondence of the Associated Press.”
-The balance of the article text is of interest to readers of this article, but offering nothing of the SS Eagle, as a Confederate blockade runner. out of New York City as a Confederate blockade runner, BUT the article notes the arriving blockade runners Denbia and Susanna and the captured blockade runner Matagorda. Spofford, Tileston & Co., 48 South Street, (Pier #4, North River), is a shipper advertising in the New York Evening Post, Wednesday, December 18, 1860. Third column from the right, about half-way down. So that cannot have been associated with a blockade runner.
- The arrival of steamer Pelayo from St. Domingo with Spanish language newspapers and other news and no-news-from notice. Soldiers were transported from Havana for Montechristi, [Santo Domingo]. Peace has come to Venezuela as of August 25th, elections were held in two states there, and a gold discovery was reported.
  • [Blockade runners, the] steamers Denbia and Susanna arrived from Galveston and Houston respectively. Savanna started with 325 bales of cotton, but threw all but 73 bales away to “facilitate her escape from a United States cruiser off Cape San Antonio, [Cuba]”.
  • Steamer Honeysuckle brought the news of the blockade capture of the Matagorda, formerly the Alice, with 600 bales of cotton. [The former Nicaraguan filibusterer, slave shipper and Confederate gunrunner, and escaped prisoner of the Lincoln administration], Appleton Oaksmith, travelling as “MacDonald” was aboard.
- An unknown American ship with a cargo of coal was found abandoned and ashore [in the Bermuda Triangle] near Nassau, Bahamas. -30- TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 16:22, 5 November 2012 (UTC)

SS Fingal[edit]

Nice addition, TVH. -- I have just supplied the WP link to the SS Fingal as this vessel is listed and written up under the heading of USS Atlanta. I also replaced the web-cite citations (one having a dead link) with RS's that already exist in the bibliography. Web page articles are usually used only when there are no other published RS's available. It is also a good practice to stay away from summary articles with no author name attributed to them. -- Gwillhickers (talk) 22:47, 6 November 2012 (UTC)