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Ironstone Vegetable Dish
Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Ironstone Vegetable Dish

Catalog #: 58709N    Accession #: 235044
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History


E. F. Bodley and Company (Manufacturer)

E. F. Bodley and Company, Burslem, Staffordshire, England produced ironstone china.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 5.5" H x 10.5" W x 11" D

Physical Description

White ironstone covered vegetable dish made by E. F. Bodley and Company, of Burslem, Staffordshire, England, and bearing the motto of the CSS Alabama, “AIDE TOI ET DIEU T'AIDERA” or God helps those who help themselves.

General History

The CSS Alabama was a 1050-ton screw steam sloop of war. Built in Liverpool, England, it took to the sea as a merchant ship, but on 24 August 1862 she rendezvoused with a supply ship and was outfitted for war. For the next two years the CSS Alabama wrecked havoc on the sea born commerce of the North by destroying more than 60 ships valued at nearly $6,000,000. On 11 June 1864, the Alabama was in need of repair and docked in Cherbourg, France. The Union steam sloop Kearsarge arrived in port and on 19 June the two ships sailed out to do battle. As the two ships circled, each trying to cross the other's bow, the Alabama fired 150 rounds, but her powder and shells were of lesser quality than the Kearsarge. Of the 100 rounds fired by the Kearsarge, one shell tore open a section of the Alabama at her waterline and she sank. In 1984, the French Navy mine hunter Circe discovered the wreck of the Alabama under 200 feet of water off the coast of Cherbourg. In 1988, a nonprofit organization was founded to conduct scientific exploration of the wreck.


Country: France
War: Civil War
Service: Navy
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