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Here Comes The Alabama (Daar Kom Die Alabama)…

Posted 03 July 2010 | By | Categories: History | 2 Comments

The Alabama was skippered by Raphael Semmes, a growing Civil War legend, who symbolized the independent spirit and cavalier attitude of the American South as he took up the role of a pirate of the seas. Thousands of Capetonians lined Signal Hill and other high points beneath the dramatic shadow of Table Mountain as Semmes masterfully toyed with the Yankee commerce ship, Sea Bride. After some strategic maneuvers and shots fired off the brow, the captain steered his prize into Cape Town harbor, South Africa, where he was given a hero’s welcome.