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Lewis

 

A former name retained.

 

(Ship: 308 tons)

 

Lewis, a former whaling ship, was purchased at New London, Conn., 28 October 1861 for use with the “Stone Fleet,” a Union Navy campaign to load old ships with heavy stones and sink them as obstructions in the island channels off Confederate-controlled ports. Lewis departed New London in company with two dozen other stone whalers on 20 November and sailed for the Georgia coast, arriving off Savannah Harbor two weeks later. The stone whaler did not reach her destination, however, as she ran aground on Tybee Island, bilged, and eventually broke up.