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 first "stone fleet" was sunk in the main channel at Charleston in mid-December 1861. A second set of sinkings took place the following month with the old whaler India being sunk on this day in the smaller Maffit's Channel in the harbor. (By John Osborne)
Chronicles of the Great Rebellion Against the United States of America (Philadelphia, PA: A. Winch, 1867), 18.