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A Scottish Blockade Runner in the American Civil War


B O E K B E S P R E K I N G By : Frank NEYTS


A new title from Whittles Publishing reads ‘A Scottish Blockade Runner in the American Civil War’. John F. Messner signed as the author.

Born in 1828 near Keslo in the Scottish Borders, Wyllie went to sea as an apprentice seaman in 1852 and quickly rose through the ranks. By 1862 he had gained his master’s certificate in Liverpool, and there he took command of his first vessel, the “Bonita”. He sailed for Nassau, then a booming port involved in running contraband through Union blockade of the Confederate States, at that time fighting in the American Civil War. Sailors from Britain rushed to man these vessels as great fortunes could be made if a successful run was made into a confederate port.

On the return journey, two agents of the State of North Carolina were travelling to Britain on the orders of Governor Zebulon Vance to purchase ships to run the blockade. This set Wyllie’s career as a blockade runner on course. Wyllie took command of the “Lord Clyde”, renamed the “Ad- Vance”, and was aboard from the start of the vessel’s new career until her capture in September 1864.

Two more commands of blockade runners followed; he was captured again and then evaded the American authorities through an ingenious, and at sometimes unbelievable, escape to Scotland. The role that Wyllie played during the Civil War is explored in depth and reveals that he was a constant face, and force, in the crew of the steamer with actions and abilities being greatly appreciated by both crew and owners alike. Many fascinating contemporary passenger diaries, personal recollections from crew, letters and telegrams between Wyllie and Governor Vance, official records of the war and newspaper reports are included. «A Scottish Blockade Runner in the American Civil War” (ISBN 978-1-84995-482-2) is issued as a paperback. The book counts 258 pages and costs £18.99 or $24.95. The book can be ordered via every good book shop, or directly with the publisher, Whittles Publishing, Dunbeath Mill, Dunbeath, Cairness IKW6 6EG, Scotland (UK), e-mail: info@whittlespublishing.com , www.whittlespublishing.com

 

 

 

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