South Simcoe Times (Bradford, ON), June 2, 1870
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The steamer Chicora now owned by Messrs Milloy, and chartered to convey the Red River expedition from Collingwood to Fort William, was built on the Clyde for the Bee line, (Messrs Fraser, Tretholm & Co) and was employed during the American rebellion in running the blockade between Charleston and the Bahama islands. On one occasion she ran out from Charleston through the American squadron which was closely guarding the harbour, and after being chased for fourteen hours by fast American gunboats, Alanta and Connectient she managed to reach her haven safely. On this occasion the captain's wife (Mrs.Coxter) stood at the wheel-house defiantly waving the British flag in the faces of the pursuing Yankees. Her undaunted conduct instilled a spirit of heroic bravery in the crew and cheer after cheer rolled over the deep as shot after shot boomed from the chasers, who did their utmost to destroy or capture the gallant blockade runner. During the chase , the Steward of the Chicora who was a genuine Scotch bard con posted the following poem which will be read with great interest in the gallant vessel, which is shortly to convey a force to avenge the atrocities which have been committed by the miscreant Riel. The Chicora was chased on several occasions, but escaped with her usual good luck, and thus passing scratch less trough the American rebellion, it is certainly not likely that she will succumb to the rebellious land-lobbers of the Red River.
The moon sinks to rest and the clouds dark en o'er,
Our anchor's aweigh, and we steer from the shore
Nor beacon nor bouy, nor mark as our guide
But the enemy's fleet as they ripple the tide
Chicora! Chicora! Hopes rest on thy flight
As though glidest along through the dangers to-night
While the sound of the guns, as the flash lights the foam,
Bring a thrill to the hearts of the loved ones at home.
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- June 2, 1870
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- Bill Hester
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- Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes