Steel-Hearted and the Unforgettable Executor of Orders;
The Final Siege
Fierce Fighter and Fire Breather of the Atlantic Ocean.
“There are two wondrous ones of the sea,
Feared by the Whalers;
The Alabama and the Shenandoah,
Chasing in the distance.”
THE OCEAN-SIEGING MAN-EATING SHARK.
During the time of the great civil war in the United States of America, in the years when the Southern states broke away from the Norther states; those were the days when it was said that they were frightening days on the Atlantic Ocean. At that time the rebel pirate ship, the Alabama, laid siege upon the trading vessels of the North, and it caused much damage upon the Nation of America and her citizens through the pillaging of wealth and the burning of the fleets of ships. It went around the Atlantic Ocean and sniffing around like a wild dog, and when it found its fixation, there was but one outcome; the ship was taken captive. It did not however chase after and attempt to do battle with a warship, for its purpose was to attack trading ships. And from within the matters dealing with the activities of that Alabama is how this story is written:
Let it be understood, our story opens in the stateroom beautifully furnished with everything befitting a small American steamship, as its prow plows through the furrowed billows of the stormy South Atlantic.
The time was 10 o’clock at night on the 13th of March, 1864.
[This is the beginning of the translation of Major A. F. Grant’s “Loyal Ned,” which was published in the original five years earlier in 1883. It runs in the Kuokoa from 12/15/1888 to 8/10/1889. This is just one of countless foreign stories translated into Hawaiian for the readers of the Hawaiian-language newspapers. Many of them, like this one, are not accredited.]
(Kuokoa, 12/15/1888, p. 1)