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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Sunday, January 15, 1865
Mine Explosion in Charleston Harbor
On January 14 1865, while participating in obstruction clearance operations in Charleston Harbor, Patapsco struck a Confederate mine and sank, with heavy loss of life.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 60

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Surgeon's Stewar John Woelfkens USN
Quarter gunner Hiram Williams USN
Ship's cook Edward Williams USN
Landsman Henry Williams USN
Acting Master John White USN
Landsman Charles Washburne USN
Captain of hold Jacob Tronk USN
Quarter Gunner Charles Tremont USN
Nurse Alfred Taylor USN
Captain aftergua James Stevens USN
3rd Assistant En Benjamin Stevens USN
Carpenter's Mate John Smith USN
2nd class firema William Roovand USN
Ordinary Seaman Lewis Plummer USN
Captain forecast William Peterson USN
Assistant Surgeo Samuel Peltz USN
Acting 2nd Assis George Palmer USN
2nd class Firema James Nielan USN
Pilot Benjamin Naylor USN
2nd class firema Thomas Murphy USN