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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, November 19, 1917
Collision with British Freighter
On November 19, 1917, while about 110 miles west of Gibraltar on escort duty, Chauncey was rammed by the British merchantman SS Rose as both ships steamed in war-imposed darkness. At 0317 Chauncey sank in 1500 fathoms, taking to their death 21 men including her captain. Seventy survivors were picked up by Rose and carried to port.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 11

Namesort descending Service Branch
Electrician 1st Stanley Anthony USN
Machinist Mate 2 Daniel Crane USN
Machinist Mate 1 Joseph Ewart USN
Chief Machinist Charles Goodrich USN
Seaman Henry Haman USN
Oiler William Hampel USN
Fireman 3rd Joseph Heroux USN
Gunners mate 1st Ira Kopp USN
Lieutenant Walter Reno USN
Ensign Harry Skinner USN
Lieutenant jg Charles Wedderburn USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships