Lt. George S. Shyrock arrived in Liverpool, England in June of 1863, and duly
reported to Commander James Dunwoody Bulloch with letters from the
Within a very short time Lt.
Shyrock was ordered to Clydebank, Scotland, where he was to superintend the
construction of the
CSS Texas, later to be known as The Pampero.
The area was alive with
United States spies
and British observers, and it was inevitable that the British authorities
would eventually step in, to prevent the Texas/Pampero from escaping.
When it became clear that the Texas/Pampero would not be released, Lt.
Shyrock was ordered to Calais, in northern France.
The Texas/Pampero after being seized by the British at Glasgow.
Sometime early in 1864, Lt Shyrock arrived in Calais, France, and reported
for duty aboard the CSS Rappahannock
The Rappahannock had originally been built in London
as a steam sloop of war in 1857, for the British Government.
Numerous defects were responsible for the British decision to sell her.
She had been purchased, through a secret agent, by Commander M. F. Maury,
on November 14th 1863.
By 1864 it had become clear to the european Governments
that the Confederate States were losing their fight for independance, and not
surprisingly, the French Government placed repeated obstacles in the path of
the Confederacy. In August of 1864 the Rappahannock`s crew was discharged,
with only Lt. Shyrock remaining aboard.Early in 1865 Lt Shryock was ordered
to report to the CSS Stonewall.
The CSS Stonewall was originally called the Sphinx, and had been built
at Bordeaux, France by L. Arman, for Commander Bulloch.
After intervention by the French Government she was sold to Denmark, from whom
Commander Bulloch surreptituously purchased her for the Confederate Government.
With Captain T. J. Page in command, LtShyrockShryock left Denmark aboard the CSS
Stonewall in a snowstorm in January of 1865.
The Stonewall was obviously unfit for a trans-Atlantic cruise, and had to call
in numerous European ports for repairs. Lt Shyrock eventually arrived at
Havana, Cuba, aboard the CSS Stonewall, to learn that the war was over and
that the Confederate States of America were no more.
Lt George S. Shyrock returned to his home in Kentucky in 1866, and lived until 1890, when he is reported as passing away in St. Louis, Missourri.
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