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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
Engineer's Yeoma M. Joseph USN
Private George Jordan USMC
Private Frank Jones USMC
Coal Heaver W. Howat USN
Wardroom Cook Yee Hor USN
Steerage Steward C. Hawkins USN
Sergeant John Hantchett USMC
Seaman E. Hammer USN
1st class Firema Joseph Griffin USN
Bayman N. Green USN
Carpenter George Gorman USN
Private Adolph Goldner USMC
Private H. Gehring USMC
Ordinary Seaman M. Erickson USN
Paymaster's Yeom T. Downey USN
Engineer's Yeoma B. Davis USN
Landsman Pen Dang USN
Capt. After-guar M. Craigin USN
Corporal Michael Cashen USMC
1st Quartermaste William Brown USN


Various Sources