Marshall’s Sale! By Virtue of a Writ of Sale… will be sold to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at Queen Street wharf, Tuesday, April 8th, 1862… The Brig Ariel, her tackle, apparel and furniture…
Printed sheet, 9 1/4 x 12 inches.
According to the “Dictionary of Naval Fighting Ships” the “USS Gemsbock” was a 622 ton bark armed with four 8 inch guns and two 32 pounders. “Assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Gemsbock sailed from Boston 6 September, 1861 for her duty station off Wilmington, NC… On 18 October British brig Ariel, loaded with salt, was captured off Wilmington.” While the most notable blockade runners were swift steamers this broadside shows that sailing vessels were also used, particularly early in the war, before the Confederacy began having ships built in England. Salt, of course, was of vital importance during the war, used as a food preservative and also in the tanning of leather. Union general William Tecumseh Sherman said “salt is eminently contraband.” As the hefty (690 page) tome entitled “Cadwalader’s Cases” attests, Judge Cadwalader – appointed to the District Court in 1858 by Buchanan in 1858 – did a lot of work in Admiralty law. It makes sense that he would have overseen this case. The broadside has two ornamental woodcuts of sailing ships, and bears the imprint, “Philadelphia, March 25, 1862.” It is rare, no copies appearing in Worldcat or the AAS catalog. In fine condition