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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, October 9, 1918
Collision with Aquitania
While escorting the giant British transport, Aquitania, Shaw's rudder jammed just as she was completing the right leg of a zigzag, leaving her headed directly towards the transport. A moment later, Aquitania struck Shaw, cutting off 90 feet of the destroyer's bow, mangling her bridge and setting her on fire. Shaw's crew heroically brought her damage under control, and a skeleton crew of 21 men took the wreck 40 miles into port under her own power.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 10

Namesort descending Service Branch
M 2c Solomon Bessel USN
Seaman 2nd class Edward Bray USN
Chief Carpenters George Carrothers USN
Seaman Eugene Clark USN
Seaman 2nd class Patrick Cole USN
Lieutenant John Edwards USN
Machinist Mate 2 Lloyd Hanson USN
Machinist Mate 2 Claude Heard USN
Seaman Rufus Leach USN
Lieutenant Comma George Parrott USN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships