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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Private Frank Jones USMC
Private Henry Wixted USMC
Private Adolph Goldner USMC
Private John Willford USMC
Sergeant Frank Lissman USMC
Private George Jordan USMC
Private H. Gehring USMC
Corporal Michael Cashen USMC
1st Lieutenant F. Sutton USMC
Private Charles Kraus USMC
Corporal Nicolas Kinsella USMC
Private Aylmer Montgomerie USMC
Private G. Wells USMC
Sergeant John Hantchett USMC
Private John Sims USMC
Cabin Cook Ah Kean USN
Seamen's Cook Ah Pack USN
Carpenter George Gorman USN
Coal Heaver W. Howat USN
Bayman H. Stalman USN


Various Sources