The CSS Swamp Fox[1] was freighter the C.S. Navy purchased and outfitted as a disguised commerce raider shortly after the outbreak of the Great War. Guns were installed, one at the bow another at the stern and covered by tarps to let her continue look like a freighter. The disguise fooled Captain Patrick O'Donnell of the F/V Ripple well enough to allow the Swamp Fox to approach to easy gunnery range. After a warning shot, her captain ordered the Ripple's crew to surrender. They did, were then taken off the fishing boat and which was then sunk.[2]


  1. American Front, pg. 180, HC.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 107-108.

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