(CSS Shenandoah burning whalers in the Bering Sea)
The confederate raider CSS Shenandoah visited Melbourne in the colony of Victoria in 1865. She was berthed within a hundred yards of where I keep my yacht today. Despite Britain declaring itself neutral in the WBS, the people of Victoria strongly sympathised with the Confederacy. The ship was opened for inspection for two days and thousands of Victorians visited it. In our yacht club museum there is a copy of a menu for a dinner given by the club for her officers. The officers and crew were regarded as celebrities and received a lot of hospitality from the city while Shenandoah was repaired, revictualled and sent on her way around the world. The union prisoners on board were handed over to the US Consul.
A local museum, Seaworks, is about to host a small museum display on the subject. I will report when I have seen it.