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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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 ascending Service Branch
Lieutenant Comma George Parrott USN
Seaman Rufus Leach USN
Machinist Mate 2 Claude Heard USN
Machinist Mate 2 Lloyd Hanson USN
Lieutenant John Edwards USN
Seaman 2nd class Patrick Cole USN
Seaman Eugene Clark USN
Chief Carpenters George Carrothers USN
Seaman 2nd class Edward Bray USN
M 2c Solomon Bessel USN