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CSS Shenandoah

James Ross 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 others.

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.


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transmitted to the Senate of the United States in answer to the Resolutions of

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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


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