#31 Terror of the Sea New Orleans, Louisiana September 15, 1862

New Orleans, La. Sept. 15, 1862


The Confederate Naval power jolted the North today when the death ship "Alabama" sank the Union frigate "Commerce." The frigate tried to outrace the "Alabama," but could not compete with, the powerful warship. The "Commerce" started sinking after the first few hits had been made. The seamen on board leaped into the churning waters and clung to whatever driftwood was available. Struggling to survive the whirlpool the men panicked and pulled one another down under the sea. The "Alabama" sent down rescue boats to help the crew of the "Commerce." Many lives could not be saved. So far, not one Union ship has been able to stand up to the terror of the sea, the "Alabama."