Cornhill Magazine,  6 (1862), 471–79.

How We Broke the Blockade

[Edwin De Leon]


Diary, Travelogue


Steamships, War

    Details how 'a long, low, black, rakish-looking steamer, rejoicing in the sovereign name of Victoria', and with 'the Confederate flag flying', broke the Northern blockade of the Louisiana coastal ports. Although the Victoria is 'an old wooden boat' with a 'very inflammable [...] engine-room', she was able to outwit the North's faster and better-equipped steamships. (472) Cunningly, 'moonless nights' were 'chosen for running the blockade', and in the ship's engine-room 'Anthracite coal, which makes no smoke and no sparks, was substituted for the soft, which produces both' (474).

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