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Leonidas

 

Both ships retained their former names. Leonidas was a heroic king of Sparta who died at Thermopylae fighting to hold back the Persian hosts of Xerxes in 480 B.C.

 

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(Bark: t. 231 dr. 12')

 

The first Leonidas was a bark purchased at Bedford, Mass., 27 November 1861 for use in the “Stone Fleet.” She was sunk the following month in the channel leading to Savannah, Ga.