Leila Now Available
by Laver Publishing
Saturday 9th March 2013
Liverpool played an important role in the American Civil War.
The Confederacy arranged for suitable ships to be built at Liverpool while attemting to avoid arousing the suspicions of Union spies.
The blockade runner LELIA was built by Millers shipyard and set off on her maiden voyage in early 1865. Chris Michael describes the details of her construction, her intended role, and the crew and passengers aboard, among them Confederate Navy Commander Arthur Sinclair and shipbuilder Thomas Miller.
She was overwhelmed by storms in Liverpool Bay and sank with much loss of life, compounded by the overturning of a Liverpool Lifeboat sent out to help.
Her wreck has been discovered by the author and the remaining wreckage is described fully with illustrations.