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24 September 2014
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The Alabama took 60 Union ships in total. 10 were released on bond, one turned over to Confederate use, the rest were destroyed.
The Alabama cost the Union over 4 million Dollars in lost ships and cargoes

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The Deerhound which picked up Semmes and his men, had been built by John Laird in the same Birkenhead yard as the Alabama.

The Deerhound was later to become the first British steam vessel to enter the Suez Canal.
58 men who took part in the battle with the Kearsarge were from Merseyside.
10 of the crew from Merseysiders lost their lives. Two are buried at Cherbourg.
Of the Alabama crew, less than a dozen of them were killed in battle, but another dozen were drowned in the English Channel.
Britain was accused of aiding the Confederates by allowing the Alabama to be built in British yards, and so was forced to pay compensation of over 3 million pounds in gold.


The wreck of the Alabama was discovered nearly 200 feet under the water off Cherbourg in November 1984. by Lieutenant Commander Bruno Duclos of the French Navy minesweeper Circe.

In 1988, a non-profit organization, the Association CSS Alabama, was founded to conduct scientific exploration of the shipwreck.
Although the wreck resides within French territorial waters, the U.S. government, as the successor to the former Confederate States of America, is the owner. On 3 October 1989, the United States and France signed an agreement recognizing this wreck as an important heritage resource of both nations and establishing a Joint French-American Scientific Committee for archaeological exploration.

Artifacts recovered from the wreck include:
June 26th 2000 - The 32-pound cannon cast specially for the CSS Alabama was raised.
June 29th 2000 - a porthole from the ship was recovered.

Work continues on the site in order to preserve and investigate the ship.


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