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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

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


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