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South America

South America
(Bark: t. 606)

South America—a whaler purchased by the Navy on 9 November 1861 at New London, Conn.—was acquired to be sunk as an obstruction in the channel leading to a Confederate port. However, instead of duty in the "stone fleet," she was beached with Peter Demill and Cossack on 8 December 1861 to serve as a wharf during the landing of troops at Tybee Island, Gal, at the mouth of the Savannah river.


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