THE ADELIA, 73 U. S. 266 (1867)

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The Adelia, 73 U.S. 6 Wall. 266 266 (1867)

The Adelia

73 U.S. (6 Wall.) 266


1. Neither an enemy nor a neutral acting the part of an enemy can demand restitution on the sole ground of capture in neutral waters. The Sir W. Peel, 5 Wall. 535, affirmed.

2. A vessel condemned for intended breach of the blockade established by the United States of her southern coast during the late rebellion, the vessel having been found near Great Abaco Island with no destination sufficiently proved, without sufficient documents, with a cargo of which much the largest part consisted of contraband of war, and with many letters addressed to one of the blockaded ports, for which the chief officer stated distinctly that she meant to run.

Appeal from a decree of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida condemning the Adela and her cargo

Page 73 U. S. 267

as prize to the Quaker City, a war steamer of the United States during the blockade established by the federal government of its southern coast during the late rebellion. The ship and cargo were apparently neutral property. The condemnation was for attempted breach of blockade.

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