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Guide to the Union Bark Conrad Proof of Ownership and Registration mss.3725

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

July 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-10-01T10:00-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Union Bark Conrad Proof of Ownership and Registration

Unit ID:

mss.3725

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (photocopies of the proof of ownership and registration)

Dates:

1861

Abstract:

Photocopies of the 1861 Proof of Ownership and Registration forms for the Bark Conrad which was later captured by the C.S.S. Alabama and recommissioned as the Tuscaloosa

Usage Restrictions:

None

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

unknown

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2013

Preferred Citation:

Union Bark Conrad Proof of Ownership and Registration, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Biographical/Historical note

The Bark Conrad was built in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1850, and registered to John W. Field of Philadelphia. While en route from Buenos Aires to New York with a cargo of wool and goat skins, she was captured by the C.S.S. Alabama on June 20, 1863 during the C.S.S. Alabama's South Atlantic Expeditionary Raid. Being fast and well adapted for a cruiser, Capt. Raphael Semmes, CSN, commissioned her the next day as a cruiser and tender to the Alabama, renaming her Tuscaloosa.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains a photocopy of the Registration form showing that John W. Field and Frederick Newhall were the registered owners of the Bark Conrad at the time of its capture by the C.S.S. Alabama in June 1863. There is also a photocopy of the 1854 "Proof of Ownership of a Ship or Vessel to be Registered" form indicating that John W. Field was the only owner of the Bark Conrad.

Source(s)

Alabama (Screw sloop). (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Tuscaloosa (Bark). (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Confederate States of America. Navy (lcsh)

War and Military (localbroad)

Documents Box SC0088 Folder 3725.01