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Report by U.S. Consul Thomas Dudley

American (i.e., Federal) diplomatic officers in the United Kingdom and France were always on the lookout for ships being outfitted as Confederate naval vessels or as blockade runners.  In Liverpool, U.S. Consul Thomas Dudley began watching the work being done on Denbigh, and quickly learned a great deal about the paddle steamer.  Here is his report, dated October 20, 1863:


sdudley.jpg (18469 bytes) Schooner rigged, side wheel steamer "Denbigh" of Liverpool -- 162 tons.  Captain McNevin   Carriers -- Northe Dock for Bermuda & Havannah [sic.]. Mose & Co. Cosignees.   The following is her present description, subject to alteration:

Built of Iron.  Marked draft of water -- 7 feet fore & aft.  Hull painted black.  Artificial quarter galleries.  Elliptic stern.   Straight stem.  Name at the bows gilt, on a blue ground.  Wheel; binnacle.  House with skylight on top.  Boat painted white in iron swing davits on port quarter.  Boats painted white, abreast of mainmast.  House athwartships between paddle boxes, with binacle on top.  Funnell [sic.] or smokestack painted black, with bright copper steam pipe after part of same.  Side houses.   Hurricane deck; foremast, through same.  Masts bright; mast heads, top caps, crosstrees, bowsprit and gaff painted  white.  Inside of bulwarks & c. painted cream color.  On her trial trip she attained the speed of 10 1/2 knots.

Godfrey, late coal agent for the Confederates in Cardiff, is said to be the owner of the Denbigh. His wife and himself are going out in her.  Kragan & Davis, two of the late crew of the "Florida," met and spoke to him in Cardiff; he (Godfrey) knew Davis directly he saw him, both having been well acquainted. Her crew consists of Captain, two mates, two engineers, six seamen, seven firemen, cook and steward.

Sailed Monday Oct. 19, 1863.


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Credits & Thank-Yous

J. Barto Arnold et al. 1998-2000, The Denbigh Project, World Wide Web,
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Sunday, July 16, 2000 Revision.

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