Talk:CSS Alabama

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Wasn´t it so that almost the entire crew was compiled of Non-Americans, fighting for prize money? And only the officers were from CS? Regards, Tekko 16 May 2007

Disovery of the Wreck[edit]

Though the French Navy is credited with discovering the wreck, much of the leg work had already been done by Clive Cussler and his NUMA organization. In his account "The Sea Hunters", Cussler comments that while near the wreck site, his vessel was boarded by the French Navy when they came to close to the nuclear submarine base at Cherbourg. All of NUMA's charts and logs were confiscated. Later, when the French Navy was announcing "their" discovery one of the NUMA charts indicating Cusslers previous search grids was actually shown on French TV.

Opening Understatement[edit]

"Alabama served as a successful commerce raider, attacking Union merchant and naval ships over the course of her two-year career, during which she never anchored in a Southern port." I imagine whoever wrote this opening paragraph would have described The Red Baron primarily as "a successful fighter pilot who attacked British planes." This statement would, of course, apply to many others. (talk) 20:19, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Mini-article on flags[edit]

What is with the whole "mini-article" on Confederate flags at the bottom of the page? It appears to be part a history of Confederate flags, part a history of every flag ever once flown on the Alabama, and part a history of surviving flags from the Alabama. I can't tell exactly. In any case, it seem a bit overly detailed and technical and much of it is not directly related to the subject of the CSS Alabama. If one really thinks that information ought to be on Wikipedia, wouldn't it be better to give it its own article, "Flags of the CSS Alabama", or something?.45Colt 09:48, 4 November 2015 (UTC)

It does seem out of place. I wouldn't mind seeing it removed or cut back. Kendall-K1 (talk) 11:47, 4 November 2015 (UTC)
I also just noticed the entire section, which is more than a third of the article, is unsourced. Kendall-K1 (talk) 16:15, 4 November 2015 (UTC)
As to your unsourced observation, Kendall-K1, quite a bit of CSS Alabama's lengthy entry remains unsourced! To me it's obvious that all info here comes from the contents of the many volumes and reports listed under "Bibliography". As for the section on Alabama's battle ensigns, this info comes directly from H. Michael Madaus' volume (listed) Rebel Flags Afloat: A Survey of the Surviving Flags of the Confederate States Navy, Revenue Service, and Merchant Marine Winchester, MA, Flag Research Center, 1986. ISSN 0015-3370. (An 80-page special edition of "The Flag Bulletin" magazine, #115, devoted entirely to Confederate naval flags.) To verify this, I pulled my copy off the bookshelf and carefully checked. Yep, all that info is there, except for the Internet sources mentioned. (Note: I have *82 running feet* [nearly half-dozen full, six foot tall, three foot wide bookcases] on Civil War naval history and biography, dating back to the 19th Century, in my personal collection; this includes all the titles listed under "Bibliography".)
Would you be good enough to add inline citations to support the material? As it is now, the entire section has been marked unsourced, and could be removed at any time (see WP:V). I can help with formatting if needed. Kendall-K1 (talk) 13:23, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

Never entered a southern port[edit]

I don't understand the significance of this. Did they not want to deliver the captured goods to the Confederacy? Or were they raiding for purely destructive purposes? Valetude (talk) 07:33, 21 February 2016 (UTC)

Quote attribution[edit]

@Ttocserp: could you please attribute the quote you just added, per MOS:QUOTE? Thanks. Kendall-K1 (talk) 11:40, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

I did attribute it. Note 18 gives: Bingham, Tom (2005). "The Alabama Claims Arbitration". The International and Comparative Law Quarterly (Cambridge University Press) 54 (1): 7.Ttocserp 11:49, 9 May 2016 (UTC)
That's not an attribution, it's a source citation. It tells us where the quote came from but not who said it. If Bingham wasn't quoting someone else, we can attribute the quote to him. I can't check myself, it's behind a paywall. Kendall-K1 (talk) 12:17, 9 May 2016 (UTC)
Ok, I see what you mean. Yes, Bingham himself said it, on page 7 of his article. How do we attribute the quote to Bingham himself? Ttocserp 13:50, 9 May 2016 (UTC)