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Official Number 28,647

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Denbigh was not a warship, nor was she a Confederate vessel. Like most steam blockade runners, she was a registered British merchant ship -- a civilian vessel. As such, she flew the Red Ensign (above), a flag that was perhaps more widely recognized around the globe than any other. Carried by every vessel of the British merchant marine, in the 19th century the so-called "Red Duster" could be found in virtually every port, harbor and anchorage in the world.

Denbigh's official Board of Trade number was 28,647. She appears to have been registered only once, on October 1, 1860 (below). When she was sold to the European Trading Company and fitted out as a blockade runner, no change in ownership was recorded with the Board of Trade -- a further effort to disguise her new occupation. Her original certificate of registry carries the following note, written by an anonymous clerk at the office of the Chief Registrar of Shipping in London, that officially closes Denbigh's record as a British merchantman:

"Captured by the United States and lost at Galveston
-- per Form 20 received 21 Feby 1867."

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Special thanks to Mr. Jerry Williams of Birkenhead for providing this material.


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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
Feathering Sidewheel


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
Jerry Williams Speaking Tour | Denbigh Project Benefit Dinner |
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: (  
Wednesday, July 26, 2000 Revision.

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