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Breaking the BlockadeThe Bahamas during the Civil War$
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Charles D. Ross

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496831347

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496831347.001.0001

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Living for the Hour

Living for the Hour

(p.127) 10 Living for the Hour
Breaking the Blockade

Charles D. Ross

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter investigates how blockade running from Nassau ran wild for most of the year, even with Seth Hawley and Charles Wilkes gone. It argues that the supplies continued to flow through Nassau in great quantities almost to the end of the war. With such an unprecedented opportunity to make money, the chapter looks at people of all sorts who began to take up residence in Nassau. Many of them lived at the Royal Victoria, a hotel that had been a speculative venture by the Bahamian government but was now bursting at the seams and staying full all year. It then presents the two interesting lodgers at the hotel: British naval officers Augustus Charles Hobart-Hampden and Charles Murray-Aynsley. These two, along with fellow officers William Nathan Wrighte Hewett (who would captain the blockade runner Condor) and Hugh Talbot Burgoyne, were granted furloughs to try their hand at running the blockade. The chapter also details the first vessel built expressly for blockade running and would be the first all-steel ship to cross the Atlantic — the Banshee. The chapter also displays some notable British citizens who passed through Nassau and found themselves doing business in the city.

Keywords:   blockade running, Royal Victoria, Augustus Charles Hobart-Hampden, Charles Murray-Aynsley, Banshee, Nassau

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