Author Results for Richard I. Lester

Construction and Purchase of Confederate Cruisers in Great Britain During the American Civil War

By Richard I. Lester

The Confederacy successfully built or purchased five commerce raiders in neutral Britain, despite Union opposition.  In 1862, the barque Florida was built in Liverpool, armed in Nassau, and later captured thirty-four ships.   The twin-engined barque, Alabama, was built in Birkenhead, armed in the Azores and sank seventy ships.  The iron steamer Georgia was purchased in […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Civil War
Subjects include: Navies | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers | Strategy & Diplomacy | Weapons

The Procurement of Confederate Blockade Runners and Other Vessels in Great Britain During the American Civil War

By Richard I. Lester

The Confederates entered the American Civil War blockaded by the North and numerically inferior to it in ships and shipyards. They sought to redress the deficiency by procuring from Britain, through building and purchase, warships and fast vessels equipped to run the blockade, in order to export cotton to England and return with urgently needed […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | American Civil War | Caribbean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Logistics | Shipbuilding & Design | Strategy & Diplomacy