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Logbook of the ship Rebecca Sims, November 20, 1861 - January 2, 1862


Stone blockade off Charleston

The blockade of Charleston, 1861

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Stone blockade off Charleston

The Captains of the Stone Fleet

Location
New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, Mass.) External Link
Background
Rebecca Sims, built at Philadelphia, Pa. in 1807, was a whaling vessel out of Fairhaven, Mass. She was mastered by James M. Willis. Rebecca Sims was acquired by the U.S. Navy at Fairhaven, Mass., on Oct. 21, 1861 for use in the "Stone Fleet," the ships which were to be sunk as obstacles in the shipping channels of the South's major ports.
The whaler was stripped of all unnecessary equipment; filled with stone; and, under the command of her previous master, James M. Willis, sent south in late Nov. 1862. In early December, she arrived off Savannah, whence, at mid-month, she proceeded to Port Royal. On Dec. 19-20, 1862, she and sixteen other ships were sunk in the main channel of Charleston Harbor.
Read Herman Melville's poem, "The Stone Fleet" External Link (PDF, 1 p., 68 KB)

(See the NUCMC catalog record)

 

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