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Report of Captain [Benjamin F.] Sands, U. S. Navy, regarding the destruction of the blockade runner Denbigh.


Off Galveston, Tex., May 24,1865.

Acting Rear-Admiral H. K. THATCHER
Commanding West Gulf Squadron, Mobile Bay.

Admiral: I have the satisfaction to report the destruction of the famous blockade runner Denbigh, side-wheel steamer, iron, 162 tons. She was discovered from this vessel at early daylight this morning aground on Bird Key Spit, near Bolivar Point.  I sent the Cornubia and Princess Royal to open fire upon her, and boats were sent from Kennebec and Seminole to board and destroy her, which was effectually done by 7 a. m.  A boat from the Seminole, in charge of Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Mundy, although the farther off, was the first to board and.apply the torch, and she was soon enveloped in flames, the crew having escaped to the shore when thev saw they were discovered. Papers were found on board showing she the Denbigh, from Havana, 18th instant. She is now a wreck and has made her last vovage.

I regret to report that Luke Robins, seaman, of the Seminole, was instantly killed by the accidental discharge of his own gun while leaving the wreck:

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, etc., your obedient servant,

Captain, Commanding Third Division West Gulf Squadron.


Source:  Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion, Series I, Vol. 22.


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