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Somerfield

 

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Somerfield-a Chesapeake Bay schooner-was purchased by the Navy at Baltimore, Md., on 13 August 1861 for the purpose of obstructing the North Carolina sounds. Manned by her merchant crew-Capt. North, master-and heavily laden with stone, the schooner sailed to Hampton Roads and proceeded on to Hatteras Inlet, N.C. On 11 October, she was one of five schooners there in “retty good condition.” Four of these vessels-not identified-were being used as store ships. On 14 November 1861, three of these schooners-again unidentified-were sunk in the channel of Ocracoke Inlet, and she may have been one of them.