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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, March 16, 1889
Storm at Apia Samoa
In March 1889, three American warships had been sent to Apia, Samoa, to represent the United States and her interests. a civil war on the strategically located island. The upheaval had gained the interest of the German and British governments as well, and warships representing each nation stood cautiously in the harbor. ... Beginning March 15, 1889, a violent storm struck the islands, destroying or disabling six of the seven warships in Apia Harbor. ... Screw steamer USS Trenton, screw sloop USS Vandalia, and gunboat USS Nipsic were all wrecked, resulting in the deaths of 51 sailors.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 43

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Private Henry Wixted USMC
Private John Willford USMC
Private G. Wells USMC
1st Lieutenant F. Sutton USMC
Landsman C. Stanford USN
Bayman H. Stalman USN
Private John Sims USMC
Captain C. Schoonmaker USN
Pay Clerk John Roche USN
Landsman Thomas Riley USN
Seamen's Cook Ah Pack USN
Bayman George Murrage USN
Private Aylmer Montgomerie USMC
Sergeant Frank Lissman USMC
Private Charles Kraus USMC
Ordinary Seaman C. Kratzer USN
Corporal Nicolas Kinsella USMC
Ordinary Seaman John Kelly USN
2nd class Firema Thomas Kelly USN
Cabin Cook Ah Kean USN


Various Sources