On 29 July 1912, an elderly gentleman entered the offices of the Liverpool Echo newspaper, and announced that he was an Alabama survivor.

To their credit, the "Echo" staff photographed the man, and printed an article, which is copied below.

What the report does not say is that 29 july 1912, is the exact 50th anniversary of the escape of the Alabama from Liverpool, and I am sure that this sailor, Samuel Henry was well aware of that, and it was probably his motivating factor.

An Alabama survivor, Samuel Henry, called at the Echo office today and was photographed. He states that he was born in Kirkudbright on November 11th 1834, and is therefore in his 78th year. He became an A.B. and joined the Alabama with the bulk of the crew at the Azores, remaining on board nearly two years, until the sinking of the Alabama by the Kearsage.
While he was on the Alabama, his mother drew half his pay in Liverpool, and when the Alabama floundered he received in Liverpool 10 as "bag money", the whole of his kit having been lost. While aboard the Alabama, he says he was tried twice by Court Martial for alleged offences, of which on both occasions he was found not guilty. After returning to Liverpool he found employment in the tug service, and has long been known among the men and stagemen as "Alabama Sam". For some weeks he has been an inmate of the Tranmere Workhouse, which he entered to undergo a serious operation, which was successfully performed on Good Friday. He has made a good recovery, and wishes to resume his independance. He believes there is in existance an "Alabama Survivors Relief Fund", and if he could obtain help from that, as well as an old age pension or some light employment, he would cease to burden the rates.

In Lt. Arthur Sinclair`s book "Two Years On The Alabama, Samuel Henry is listed as a "wardroom cook", joining the vessel on August 24th 1862, and completing the full voyages.
I have never previously heard of Alabama Sam`s "Relief fund" and am unable to confirm or deny it`s existance.

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