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Murder at Angra Pequeña

  • ISBN Nummer:
  • 978-99945-76-11-1
  • Produkt Name:
  • Murder at Angra Pequeña
  • Autor:
  • Gordon McGregor
  • Informationen zum Buch:
  • soft-cover
    56 pages
    b/w photos
    148 x 210 mm
The popular story told regarding the Confederate ship, the CSS Alabama and her involvement with the town named Luderitz, normally runs as follows:
During the Civil War in America (1861-1865) the Confederate Ship ‘CSS Alabama’ used the lagoon Angra Pequeña, today known as Luderitz as a base. The frigate ‘USS Vanderbilt’, of the northern states discovered her there and a battle ensued between the two of them. After the ‘USS Vanderbilt’ captured the ship ‘Saxon’, lying at anchor in Radford Bay, the First Officer of the ‘Saxon’, Griffith, left the ship and stayed with David Radford at his house at Radford Bay. They became good friends. After the battle between the ships, Griffith was shot for mutiny by the First Officer of the ‘USS Vanderbilt’ and buried by his friend Radford in the bay now called Griffith Bay. Was it really Griffith that got shot or perhaps someone else?
The First Mate of the British ship ‘Saxon’, a certain James Grey, was shot and killed by Charles Danenhower, an America sailor of the ‘USS Vanderbilt’, on 30 October 1863 at Angra Pequeña. Are Griffith and Grey the same person?
Was there a battle between these ships at Angra Pequeña?
This book portrays the true story of what actually happened at Angra Pe-queña in 1863. Also established by this book is a relatively unknown link that connects Namibia and the American Civil War.
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 Angra Pequeña was the name of a bay on the west coast of Africa in the country now called Namibia and is presently called Luderitz. The bay was first recorded as Angra das Voltas (Bay of Tacks) by the Portuguese explore Bartholomew Diaz where he erected a padrão at the point called Diaz Point presently on 24 July 1488. Later the bay was renamed Angra Pequeña. At the beginning of the 1860's, an Englishman, David Radford, was the first European to settle permanently at Angra Pequeña. A merchant from Bremen, Germany, Franz Adolf Eduard Lüderitz planned to erect a trading station at Angra Pequeña and requested the German Chancellor, Bismarck for protection of his trading interests there. Bismarck agreed to this provided that Lüderitz did not come into conflict with the rights of other parties. Heinrich Vogelsang, Lüderitz's employee, purchases Angra Pequeña and surroundings from the Nama Kaptein, Josef Frederik of Bethany on 1 May 1883. However, Vogelsang did not know about the mining rights belonging to a Cape Town based company called De Pass, Spence and Company in the area. De Pass, Spence and Company challenge Vogelsang and Lüderitz and are then granted mining rights by Kaptein Frederik at Pomona, Hottentots Bay and Sandwich Harbour as well as permission to continue working the guano on the islands off the coast.