Liverpool: 1864. Pale blue folio printed sheet, folded to , [3 blanks] pp. Signed in type at the end. Old horizontal folds, some discoloration at blank lower corner and along edge of first page. Very Good.
The Civil War launched Confederate Captain Raphael Semmes's "brilliant career as one of the greatest commerce raider captains in naval history" [Wikipedia]. But the Sea King was delivered, not to Semmes, but to Captain James Waddell and renamed the "Shenandoah."
The renamed vessel, under Waddell, became "one of the most feared commerce raiders in the Confederate navy. During a period of 12-1/2 months from 1864 to 1865, the ship undertook commerce raiding around the world in an effort to disrupt the US economy, resulting in the capture and sinking or bonding of thirty-eight merchant vessels, mostly New Bedford whaleships. She finally surrendered on the River Mersey, Liverpool, UK, on November 6, 1865, six months after the war had ended. Her flag was the last sovereign Confederate flag to be officially furled. Shenandoah is also known for having fired the last shot of the Civil War, across the bow of a whaler in waters off the Aleutian Islands" [Wikipedia]. Item #36880