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Re: Sheerness helps the U.S. Confederate
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2011, 18:26:19 »
Although the Met Police did try to stop the ship they were unable to find any reason to do so even after a search. I wonder what happened to the other crew members when they found it was an Ameican ship !!
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Re: Sheerness helps the U.S. Confederate
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2011, 13:20:24 »
Given the amount of other ships & weapons etc shipped to the CSA I think the British Govt, turned a blind eye due to the reliance of the North West on cotton from the Deep South. Not seen to be activley helping but not suppressing supplies to the CSA unless it became blatant

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Sheerness helps the U.S. Confederate
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2010, 14:15:13 »
The name of William Rumble was in the news in 1864.He was Inspector of Machinery Afloat  , a  position akin to a present Engineer Captain  at Sheerness and  he was a colleague of Nathanial Barnaby and Edward Reed and  eminent  Admiralty officials.
H.M.S.Victor was an old  man of war and had been on the For Sale list at Sheerness for 2 years and her boilers were in a very bad state and were the main cause of the ship being on the For Sale list.
This ship was the subject of a high court action which came before Lord Chief Justice Cockburn in January 1865 and was known as the Rapppahannock case (The Queen vs Rumble ) The indictment was for the assistance rendered for the equiping and manning  of the ?Victor? purchased from the Government and afterwards sold to the Confederate States of America  fighting against the Federal Government .
 It was also revealed that nobody In Sheerness had any idea at all that she was to be a Confederate ship, as this country had remained impartial  in the American Civil War .It was generally thought in Sheerness that the 'Victor' was to be employed  in the opium trade which operated  between China and India which was legal then. The vessel was purchased by Messers Coleman and Pearson,the  later was a former Mayor of Hull  and Coleman had sold the 'Victor' to a French firm subject to its safe arrival in Calais . Before the ship had left for France the Metropolitan Police had searched the ship thoroughly because of suspicion  that something was not quite in order but found no reason to delay its departure .
Witnesses also affirmed that as the Victor approached Calais the Confederate flag was raised. The Victor, now renamed Rappaahannock, had been impounded by the French Government as a hostile warship. Rumble then aged  52 received a  sentence of 18 months hard labour. It gave rise to the purely Dockyard expression when someone is caught out after wrong-doing , of being Rumbled !


If Rumble and co.  had got away with this  and the warhip had entered the war  on the Confederate side and  perhaps altered the balance of the war ,  .I wonder how it would have altered the world today  ???????????????????????


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