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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Coxswain Thomas Brown USN
Gunner's Mate Michael Fitzgerald USN
Quartermaster William Miller USN
Surgeon's Stewar John Woelfkens USN
Landsman James Dwyer USN
Master at arms Aaron Fifield USN
Landsman William Moore USN
Landsman Michael Barrow USN
Acting 2nd Assis George Palmer USN
Coxswain John Francis USN
Ship's Writer Martin Morley USN
Seaman Alexander Armstrong USN
1st class boy Seth Brinkley USN
Quarter Gunner Charles Tremont USN
Landsman James Moyle USN
1st class Firema Frank Albertson USN
Acting Ensign Joseph Johnson USN
Captain of hold Jacob Tronk USN
2nd class firema Thomas Murphy USN
Acting Assistant William Creevey USN


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