|Birth: ||unknown, England|
Henry Canning was born in England and later migrated to Victoria Australia. Upon arrival he made his home in the area of Melbourne, Victoria and was living there when the Confederate Cruiser, "CSS Shenandoah" arrived in Port Phillip Bay, off Melbourne on January 25, 1865; to take on new supplies. Learning that the "Shenandoah" had arrived in Melbourne and was interested in acquiring new crewmembers, Henry went aboard, in violation of local laws, and after the "Shenandoah" sailed and entered international waters, placed his mark beside his name and signed aboard as a seaman at the rate of $33.95; on February 18th, 1865. He signed on as a fireman, although Lieutenant William C. Whittle Jr., Executive Officer, shows his rating as that of a landsman.
On April 17, 1865, Henry was transferred from the fire department of the cruiser to the Confederate Marine Corps, as private, was put in bonds on May 26th, 1865, for attempting to fight, but was released a short time later. Not having learned from the encounter, Henry was again triced up, and this time gagged, on July 24, 1865; again for fighting. He was considered by Lieutenant Whittle as being "the greatest pest of the ship" and stated "he is more trouble than he is worth. I wish he was out of the ship". Still, Henry was one of the signatories who expressed confidence in the command of Lieutenant James I. Waddell, in a petition dated September 1865.
With the surrender of the CSS "Shenandoah" by Lieutenant Waddell to British Captain Paynter, commanding Her Majesty's ship "Donegal at Liverpool, England on November 6, 1865, Brown went ashore with the rest of the crew and was said to have returned to Australia.
Created by: James Gray
Record added: Apr 17, 2011
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