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The U.S. Navy's "Stone Fleet" is deliberately sunk in the channels of Charleston Harbor

Charleston Harbor, 1861
12/19/1861 to 12/20/1861
The U.S. Navy purchased aging whaling ships in New England with the goal of sinking them, loaded with stone, in the channels of Southern harbors to facilitate the blockade. The assembled fleet sailed from Port Royal, South Carolina bound for Charleston Harbor.  There, they were sunk in the harbor channels under the direction of former Coastal Survey officer Captain Charles Henry Davis. Success at closing the harbor was only partial and further sinkings took place in 1862.  Herman Melville later commemorated the fleet in verse. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Ann Sophia Stephens, Pictorial history of the war for the Union: a complete and reliable history ... (New York: Benjamin W. Hitchcock, 1866), I: 225-226.

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