Wilmslow, Cheshire, 1st.ed., 1993. Viii + 156 pp., many photo-ills., drawings, reproductions, etc. Pict. c.c., 21 x 20cm. Nr.FINE. An account of the turmoil and intrigue surrounding a deal to build vessels in Laird’s yard at Birkenhead, involving the British government, the shipyard itself, and a country engaged in civil war. In Liverpool, in 1863, the town expressed its sympathy for Abraham Lincoln and his policies, while across the Mersey work on the Laird Ram on behalf of the Confederacy was well advanced. The author examines not only the famous ALABAMA, but a variety of other vessels built for the South. STORY OF THE CONFEDERATE RAIDERS BUILT AT BIRKENHEAD IN THE 1860’S.