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The Ship's Library:
Further Reading on Denbigh and Her Times

In conducting historical research on Denbigh and blockade running in general, a number of published works have proved to be of particular value in providing the historical, technological and cultural context of the times. The following list is offered for those who might want to pursue their own studies of the subject. Note that manuscripts and other archival sources are generally not listed; those included are all materials that should be easily purchased or acquired through interlibrary loan.

firstliners.gif (19233 bytes) The First Atlantic Liners:
Seamanship in the Age of Paddle Wheel, Sail and Screw

Peter Allington and Basil Greenhill
London: Conway Maritime Press, 1997

Although their book focuses on the period 1830-1860, Allington and Greenhill provide a detailed description of the development of the maritime technologies used in blockade-running, including the construction of boilers, engines and paddlewheels.

cothambook.gif (9907 bytes) Battle on the Bay:
The Civil War Struggle for Galveston

Edward T. Cotham, Jr.
Austin: University of Texas, 1998

Cotham's history of the conflict over Galveston during the Civil War underscores its importance as a port on the western Gulf of Mexico. Cotham uses both published and archival sources to paint a vivid and compelling picture of a blockaded Southern seaport.

chroniclebook.gif (13947 bytes) The Civil War Years:
A Day-by-Day Chronicle

Robert E. Denney
New York: Grammercy, 1992

This valuable reference presents a daily summary of important events during the civil war, both on land and sea.

steamatsea.jpg (11486 bytes) Steam at Sea:
Two Centuries of Steam-Powered Ships

Denis Griffiths
London: Conway Maritime Press, 1997

Denis Griffiths, a former seagoing marine engineer, is a Professor of Marine Engineering at John Moores University in Liverpool. In Steam at Sea, Griffiths chronicles the development of marine steam engines of all types, from the earliest reciprocating types to the high-speed turbines of the great Atlantic liners.

A History of the Island and the City

Charles W. Hayes
Austin: Jenkins-Garrett Press, 1974

Through a bizarre series of misfortunes, this two-volume, thousand-page history written in 1879 was not published for nearly a century. It is a remarkable work, particularly in the detail with which it chronicles events in Galveston during the Civil War, which at the time of writing was still a recent and vivid memory.

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The Civil War Years

Chester G. Hearn
Annapolis: U. S. Naval Institute, 1998

Hearn offers a detailed and highly readable account of David Farragut's rise to prominence during the American Civil War. Remarkably, Farragut's loyalty to the Union was considered suspect by some in the U.S. Navy during the first months of the war. Farragut overcame these and other obstacles to command the West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the critical period of the war, 1862-64, and in so doing became one of the principal architects of the final Union victory.

battlecrybook.gif (7653 bytes) Battle Cry of Freedom:
The Civil War Era

James M. McPherson
New York: Oxford University Press, 1988

McPherson's comprehensive overview of the American Civil War won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1989. Although the international disputes and intrigues of blockade running necessarily make up only a small part of this work, McPherson effectively puts the practice in context of the larger conflict. The author gives special attention to the efforts of the U.S. consul at Liverpool, Thomas Dudley, whom he refers to as the "combative Quaker."

lamsonbook.gif (12137 bytes) Lamson of the Gettysburg:
The Civil War Letters of Lieutenant Roswell H. Lamson, U.S. Navy

James M. McPherson and Patricia R. McPherson
New York: Oxford, 1997

Lamson served with the U.S. Navy on the South Atlantic coast, watching the entrances to the blockade-running ports of Charleston, Savannah and Wilmington. Lamson's detailed letters provide a useful look at life on the blockade, and the experiences of one of the Navy's most promising junior officers.

Running the Blockade:
A Personal Narrative of Adventures, Risks, and Escapes During the American Civil War

Thomas E. Taylor
Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1995

Thomas Taylor's autobiography is an essential account of the blockade.

Lifeline of the Confederacy:
Blockade Running During the Civil War

Stephen R. Wise.
Columbia: University of South Carolina, 1991

The modern classic on blockade running, Stephen Wise's Lifeline of the Confederacy is an essential work. Its extensive appendices include capsule histories of steam blockade runners and listings of blockade runners' transits in and out of individual Southern ports.



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"An Extremely Fast Boat" | The "Mobile Packet" | A "Bold Rascal" | Denbigh Today
Denbigh's Crew | The Erlanger Loan | Birkenhead-Built: An Unrivaled Legacy
Denbigh Primary Source Documents | Galveston During the Civil War | Denbigh, Clwyd, Wales
The U.S. Coast Survey and the Blockade, 1861 | The Ship's Library: Recommended Reading
Running the Blockade Into Galveston: A Personal Narrative | Denbigh Day-by-Day
Denbigh Portrait | Official Number 28,647 | Valve Chest Animation (300kb) | Investors
Links of Interest | Denbigh F.A.Q. | Denbigh's Engines | Denbigh's Boiler
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April 27-28 Side Scan Survey | May 7-10 Site Mapping
June 16-17 Sub-Bottom Profiling | Site Mapping, July 9-12, 1998 | Dive Trip, October 18-30, 1998
Underwater Images | 1999 Summer Field Season | Denbigh Site Plan
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Denbigh Artifacts | 2000 Field Crew | 2000 Field Crew Photo Album |
The Denbigh Wreck Site: A Quicktime VR Panaorama
Connecting Rod Recovery, July 22-24, 2000 | Modeling a Shipwreck
Credits & Thank-Yous

J. Barto Arnold et al. 1998-2000, The Denbigh Project, World Wide Web,
Institute of Nautical Archaeology, Texas A&M University, E-mail: (  
Sunday, July 16, 2000 Revision.

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