[The Confederate Cruiser Florida]The Illustrated London News, vol. 44, no. 1244, p. 150.
February 13, 1864
The Confederate cruiser Florida, under the command of Captain Maffit, left Brest on Tuesday night, in the midst of a dense fog, on a cruise. The United States' war-steamer Kearsage, on being apprised of the Florida's sailing, stood out to sea the same night.