Affidavit of G. W. Robbins.

[707] To all to whom these presents shall come: I, Henry Penketh Fergie, notary public by royal authority, duly authorized, admitted, and sworn, residing and practicing in the city of Melbourne, in the colony of Victoria, do hereby certify that Winfield Attenborough, before whom the affidavit of George Washington Bobbins, on the other side written, purports to have been sworn, is a commissioner of the supreme court of the said colony for taking affidavits duly appointed in that behalf; and that the name W. Attenborough subscribed thereto is of the proper handwriting of the said Winfield Attenborough; and that to all acts by him, the said Winfield Attenborough, done in his said capacity or office, *full faith and credit are due, in judicature and thereout.

Notary Public, Melbourne.

I, George Washington Robbins, of Sandridge, near Melbourne, in the colony of Victoria, stevedore, make oath and say as follows:

I have been in business in Sandridge (port of Melbourne) as a stevedore ever since June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-three.
I saw the vessel Shenandoah in the port of Melbourne in one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five. The name Shenandoah I perceived had been painted over the name Sea King; the paint having worn off, the original name was plainly disclosed. The vessel was popularly known in this port as the confederate ship of war Shenandoah.
[708] I knew the paymaster of the Shenandoah and one of the engineers; I first became acquainted with them in New Orleans, in the United States of America. They told me the Shenandoah was originally the Sea King. They asked me to take in the coals for the [Page 183] ship, bat I refused, on the ground, as I told them, that there was one American flag flying when I left the country, and I didn’t recognize any other flag.
[709] I saw the Shenandoah on the government slip at Williams-town, near Melbourne; I saw working-men going backwards and forwards whilst she was on the government slip.
I saw coals being put on board the ship when she was lying at anchor in the bay.
1 know that several men, residents of this port, went on board the Shenandoah, in this port, as additions to her crew, and went away in her. Thomas Strong and Henry Riley were the names of two of the men who so went away. Thomas Strong left my employ for the purpose of so going away. Thomas Strong returned to Melbourne afterwards and applied to me for work, which I refused, on the ground that he had gone away in the Shenandoah against my desire.
I reported to the water police at Williamstown the shipping of the men, but they said they were powerless to interfere without directions from the head authorities in Melbourne.
It was well known in the port that the so-called Shenandoah was being coaled, repaired, and her crew strengthened here, and without objection on the part of the government.


Sworn at Melbourne, in the colony of Victoria, this twenty-first day of September, 1871.

[710] * Before me,

A Commissioner for taking affidavits in the Supreme Court of the Colony of Victoria.