Samuel Henry
An Alabama survivor



Samuel Henry - Born Kirkcudbright November 11, 1834

The following article was taken from 'The Liverpool Daily Post' of 29 July 1912.

"An Alabama survivor, Samuel Henry, called at the "Echo" office today and was photographed... He joined the Alabama privateer with the bulk of the crew at the Azores, remaining aboard for nearly two years, until the sinking of the Alabama by the Kearsarge. While he was on the Alabama his mother drew half his pay in Liverpool, and when the ship foundered he received in Liverpool £10 as "bag money", the whole of his kit having been lost. While aboard the Alabama, he says, he was twice tried by court-martial for alleged offences, of which on both occasions he was found not guilty. After returning to Liverpool he found employment in the tug service, and has been long known among tugmen and stagemen as "Alabama Sam". For some weeks he has been an inmate of the Tranmere Workhouse, which he entered to undergo a serious operation, which was successfully performed on Good Friday. He has made a good recovery and wishes to resume his independence. He believes there is in existence an 'Alabama Survivors' Relief Fund' and if he could obtain help from that, as well as an old age pension, or some light employment, he would cease to burden the rates".