Dear Ms. Laudun,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We suggest that you search local newspaper archives for mention of a foreign ship near Alabama during your timeframe. Please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons. We also suggest that you contact the Alabama State Port Authority to inquire about Harbormaster reports from that timeframe.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!