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Thread #81820   Message #2966814
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
16-Aug-10 - 09:48 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Roll, Alabama Roll
Subject: RE: Origins: Roll, Alabama Roll
Perhaps the best information on the CSS Alabama's two visits to South Africa could be found in this book, published in South Africa:
Bradlow, Edna and Frank, 1958, Here Comes the Alabama, Capetown, A. A. Balkema.
Also:
Sinclair, Arthur, 1989, Two Years on the Alabama, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis.

South African Newspaper Accounts:
Transcript of Articles in Various Newspapers and Periodicals Relating to the "Alabama." Microfilm copy of three notebooks belonging to Mr. and Mrs. F. Bradlow, Rondebosch, South Africa.
Gorgas Microforms MICRO-FILM B28. Univerwity Alabama Libraries.

The Alabama made two stops in South Africa, the first at Saldanha Bay, 29 July 1863. In an accident, Simeon W. Cummings, 3rd Asst. Engineer, lost his life there.
The ship next spent six months in the East Indies, destroying seven ships there before returning to Table Bay in South Africa.
At the Cape Town Museum, a battle ensign of the Alabama is preserved, of the design known as the 'Stainless Banner', 67"X114".
It was left ashore before the ship returned to Cherbourg.

A second banner made in South Africa, presented to her by 'ladies of South Africa', is preserved in the Tennessee State Museum.

"Daar Kom Die Alabama" is almost certainly about the raider's visits to South Africa; many newspaper articles printed in South Africa made much of her visits.