Confederate Vessels Sold in Liverpool-1866


Thomas Haines Dudley was the United States Consul in Liverpool, from 19 November 1861 until the fall of 1872.
To his credit, Dudley was one of the most able diplomats to serve the United States during the conflict, and was a constant thorn in James Dunwoody Bulloch`s side.

After the war Dudley was charged with the responsibilty of disposing of four Confederate ships that the British had handed over to the U.S.. The vessels concerned were the Rappahannock, the Shenandoah, the Sumter,and the Tallahassee (Chamelion).
In January of 1866, an attempt had been made to sail the Shenandoah to the United States, but had failed due to stormy weather.

Dudley was then authorised to sell the ship, along with her equipment and stores at auction, and to deposit all of the the proceeds with the United States`s bankers in London. He was forbidden from selling the vessel to a belligerent power, and was instructed to send any private property on board to the United States.

Among the private property that was accordingly reserved from sale were:-
47 chronometers and one sextant, together with $820.40 in cash, and these articles were subsequently sent to the United States .

Dudley completed the arrangements, and in April of 1866 he sold the Shenandoah for 15.582 and 15 shillings, her coal was sold for 85 and 10 shillings, and her provisions for 33 and 17 shillings and four pence.
A total figure of just over 17,000 *approx. ($85,000 in 1866).

The U.S. Government was apparently satisfied with this, as he was then authorised to sell the Tallahassee (Chamelion) and the Sumter.
This was done in June of 1866, but the sale fell just short of the required 5,500 ($27,500), and the sale was cancelled.
Six monthe later the Rappahannock was sold for $5,200 ($26,000).

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