was born in Canada, migrated to Melbourne, Australia and upon his
arrival made his home in Melbourne. On January 25, 1865 when the
Confederate Cruiser, the “CSS Shenandoah” arrived in Port Phillip
Bay, off Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to resupply and recruit new
crew members, word got out, against the wishes of the Australian
authorities who forbade anyone to board the Confederate warship.
James, however, was one of the men who clambered to join her crew.
He made his way to the port on February 18th, 1865 and secretly went
aboard the “Shenandoah”; being hidden out by the crew, as were many
Once the “Shenandoah” had left Australian waters and made
its way to the open sea, Ross placed his mark beside his name on the
crews roster, on February 18, 1865, accepted $19.40 pay and became
an ordinary seaman aboard the “Shenandoah”.
He remained with the
“CSS Shenandoah" until it was surrendered on November 6, 1865 to Her
Majesty's British frigate “Donegal”, commanded by Captain Painter,
in Liverpool, England.
Alabama Claims, “Correspondence
Concerning Claims Against Great Britain
transmitted to the Senate of the
United States in answer to the Resolutions of
December 4, and 10, 1867, and of
May 27, 1868”, Washington; 18691, 976.]
Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library,
Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia.
William A. Temple, affidavit
History of The Confederate States
Navy, J.T. Scarf, 1996
Marauders of the Sea, Confederate
Merchant Raiders During the American Civil
War, Mackenzie J Gregory
The Cruise of the Shenandoah,
Captain William C. Whittle, CSN