Here's my contribution.
Somewhat nautical, the Swasey family began building ships in Massachusetts. Then some sons moved south then west...Charleston, SC and eventually to Galveston, TX.
When the Civil War broke out, Captain Alexander G. Swasey, Jr. was committed to help the South. I have copies of records where he had signed ship's manifests from Europe to America, as well as one from Charleston to New Orleans which had listed one slave. Today I have cultural guilt for this but have to remember that the times before the Civil War meant that the entire culture of the South depended upon the labor of slaves. It was a way of life, though it was wrong to have an entire race deprived of freedom. Any Black people who were freed may have been rare before Lincoln's address and Emancipation Proclamation, and many had to use the Underground Railroad to go north where they would receive respect and opportunities.
Captain Swasey began blockade running with the S.S. Ella Warley, a 212 foot long side wheeler steamboat. Apparently Captain Swasey didn't spend very long as a blockade runner before being captured, and spending the rest of the war, and the rest of his life in Libby Federal Prison. *NOTE below:
An interesting post about the Ella Warley may be found here.
I'm very glad this was posted July 16, 2013...just in time for me to forward it to you here. I am thrilled by the interview with the pilot...where he probably was trying to cover his asterisk when caught with all those guns, by playing dumb.
Captain Swasey's first trip was in Jan. 1862, and he was captured in April 1862. The Ella Warley having been captured by the Union, went on to other activities.
The Ella Warley belonged to E. Adderly, of Nassau, a British subject. The South had looked to Britain to continue helping their commerce of cotton exportation, and initially there was good support of shipping received by investment in ships from British companies. This is one of the ships that was part of that trade.
This was Captain Alexander G. Swasey's home in Charleston, SC, (as it appears today.)
Here's an interesting book that covers the pursuit of blockade running during the Civil War.
*NOTE: I was incorrect here, he didn't die until 1866 in Charleston, which fact came to my attention by a comment below.
***NOTE second. He wasn't even in Libby Prison, which is what my family had told me. Oral History is often a bit wrong on names.