CSS Florida capturing and sinking the clipper Jacob Bell in February 1863 from the U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph NH59293. Line engraving by G. Perkins from Harper’s Weekly, January – June 1863, page 187. Built in Liverpool, England, the Oreto sailed for Nassau on March 22, 1862. On August 17th, she was commissioned in the Confederate States Navy at Green Cay, Bahamas and officially christened the Florida with Captain John Newland Maffitt, in command.