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USS Meteor (1819)
Career (USA)
Name: USS Meteor
Launched: 1819
Acquired: 4 November 1861
Fate: Scuttled as a blockship, 9 January 1862
General characteristics
Type: Whaler
Sail plan: Full-rigged ship

The first USS Meteor retained her name when she was purchased for the Stone Fleet. She was sunk as an obstruction in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, in December 1861.

Meteor, a full‑rigged sailing ship, was built in Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1819. From 1822 to 1825, she was one of the ships of the New York to Liverpool Red Star Packet Line. In 1830 she became a whaler, her role until 1856. Purchased by the Navy at Mystic, Connecticut, on 4 November 1861, she was sunk as part of the "Stone Fleet" to help obstruct blockade‑running commerce along the coasts of the Carolinas and Georgia on 9 January 1862.


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