The second Confederate commerce raider to put to sea was the steamer CSS Nashville. It was a problematic cruise and not nearly as successful as Sumter's. Under the command of Lieutenant Robert Pegram, Nashville made a dash out of Charleston to Bermuda in October 1861. She had to remain in Bermuda until November to repair damages after striking a reef in Charleston Harbor. After leaving Bermuda, the ship headed east towards England. She found the clipper ship Harvey Birch and burned her. It was the only capture of the eastward journey. High seas severely damaged the upper deck, washing away the wheelhouse a portion of the hurricane deck. She arrived in Southampton, England, battered and bruised, on November 21.
|USS Tuscarora as depicted in the London Illustrated News|