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Union Bark Conrad proof of ownership and registration

Identifier: MSS-3725

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1861

Biographical / Historical

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.


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

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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




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Martha Bace, 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266