Brev. Brig. Gen'l
- Feb 14, 2012
- Central Pennsylvania
It's a long way from the deck of pirate ship headed to St. Thomas, a crew in chains and captained by a woman to Conway Landing on the York River. It's what happens when you start poking around in Time. Crazy stuff flakes off. Why Ladies Tea? Hang on.
Innocuous enough image of supply train, ships and pontoon bridge at Conway Landing, York River. LoC glass negative. Schooners and transport seem to be off loading supplies.
Claiming for this forum under pretty thin margins sure. It's this portion of the ship's story although only a portion- it's still very cool.
I can't find her name- give me a day or two. The pirate schooner Retribution shot across headlines for awhile.
Out of a colorful past attached to the schooner Retribution, this more than colorful story has to be one of the best.
Then there's this.
Transpires in order to escape both capture and loss of revenue, in St. Thomas the ship underwent a change of name, from " Retribution " to " Etta ". I'm unclear how the information reached port authorities in N.Y., but Etta was seized, put up for auction and we see her in several mentions afterwards. Ship was designated ' unseaworthy ', something denounced in the press as a means by which to sell her cheaply.
Here's why the ship was wanted, and badly!
By great good fortune we may download these gargantuan tifs from LoC. It's like zooming in on Time, you catch the best stuff. Confederate privateer Retribution/Etta was sold at auction, remained ' Etta ', sailed under a New York owner. No idea how she got there, some contract or other- here she is. After all the high drama in the most exotic career for a ship, now a supply ship ( it seems ) on the York River, 1864. Can find no duplicate names, ' Ella ', ' Etta Thomas ".
I know little of ship sizes and thought a 2 masted schooner too small but simply cannot find another registered ' Etta ' anywhere, this out of New York, where the auction was held ( seized in Newark ).
Transport Leader, looks to be supply barrels visible inside the first doorway, men the second.
While we're here at Conway Landing, may as well look around- tifs let us see men in the signal tower.
Sorry, it's a pontoon bridge. Had to catch the wagon on it. Love pontoon bridges.
Supply wagons, although the guy in the boat distracts you from them. He and his suspenders are wonderful.
Still need to know who on earth was the wife handcuffing all those drunks, and taking over that ship.