Excerpt from Letter of Secretary of the Navy: Confederate States of America Navy, Navy Department, Richmond, April 17th, 1862
Upon leaving England I had determined to make direct course for one of our Southern ports, but finding that the Nashville could not weather in safety ... continued northerly gales, and that far more coal had been consumed than was anticipated, I shaped our course for Bermuda, anchoring in the harbor of St. George, on the 20th of February. Whilst receiving on board a supply of coal, I learned that the owner and master of the Confederate schooner Pearl which had run the blockade from Beaufort, N. C., and had run aground on the northern part of the Island of Bermuda was then at Hamilton, and I determined on seeking an interview with the person in charge. Before, however, I could carry out this resolution, Captain J. Pender, the owner of the Pearl came on board the Nashville, and in the most patriotic and praiseworthy manner, volunteered his services and those Of his master, Mr. J. Beveridge, a practised pilot, to pilot the Nashville into Beaufort, N. C., speaking with the utmost confidence of our ability to run into that port. The man ner in which the proposal was made induced me to accept Captain Pender's offer, and I cannot now speak too highly, both personally and officially of the advice and assistance that he and Mr. Beveridge thus afforded me.
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