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The East Indies served as a CSS Alabama hunting ground for Union vessels.

Contest. Union. Clipper ship, 1,098 tons. Cargo of Japanese goods. Built in 1863 at New York City. Out of New York City. En route from Yokohama, Japan, for New York City. Was captured by the CSS Alabama near latitude 25° 45' north, longitude 106° 49' east, off Gaspar Strait on November 11, 1863, and burned in 14 fathoms. (ORN, 2:781; 3:681; Semmes, Service Afloat, 694-95; Summersell, Boarding Officer, 167; Hearn, Gray Raiders, 212.)

Highlander. Union. Ship, 1,049 tons. In ballast. Out of Boston. En route from Singapore to British Burma. Was captured and burned by the CSS Alabama at the western edge of the Straits of Malacca on December 26, 1863. (ORN, 2:581-82, 591, 793; 3:681; Semmes, Service Afloat, 720-21.)

Sonora. Union. Ship, 707 tons. Out of Newburyport, Mass. En route from Singapore to British Burma. Was captured and burned by CSS Alabama on December 26, 1863, at the western entrance of the Strait of Malacca. Its crew included fourteen men who had been aboard the Contest, which the CSS Alabama had also taken. (ORN, 2:779-80, 793; 3:681; Semmes, Service Afloat, 720-21; Summersell, Boarding Officer, 169-70.)

Texan Star (Martaban of Maulmain). British. Bark, 799 tons. Cargo of rice. Built in 1858 in Boston. En route to

Singapore. Was captured and burned by CSS Alabama in the Strait of Malacca on December 24, 1863, although it was flying a British flag. The Texan Star had been transferred from the United States to foreign registry within ten days of its capture. (ORN, 2:792, 3:97, 681; Semmes, Service Afloat, 716-18; Summersell, Boarding Officer, 167-68.)

Winged Racer. Union. Clipper ship, 1,768 tons. Cargo of sugar, china, camphor, hides, and 5,810 bales of Manila hemp. Out of New York City. En route from Manila, Philippines, to New York City. Was captured on November 9, 1863, and burned by the CSS Alabama on November 10, 1863, in the Java Sea. Crews from the Winged Racer and Amanda rowed to shore in boats. (ORN, 2:707, 780; 3:681; Semmes, Service Afloat, 691-92.)

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