The current exhibition includes this discharge certificate from the Confederate States Steamer Alabama, built secretly in 1862 for the South by Lairds in Birkenhead and finally sunk by the United States ship Kearsarge off the coast of France in 1864. The crew, many of whom were from Liverpool, were picked up by a British yacht and landed at Southampton. Then they were signed off and given a certificate of discharge. These certificates acted as a record of service for seafarers and were essential when they were trying to find their next job.
Liverpool's important involvement in the American Civil War may surprise some people, so it's worth a visit to see the exhibition.
Lead image: Certificate of Discharge from the CSS Alabama, Confederate States Navy for George Freemantle, DX/1841.