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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 descending Service Branch
Private Frank Jones USMC
Private George Jordan USMC
Engineer's Yeoma M. Joseph USN
Cabin Cook Ah Kean USN
2nd class Firema Thomas Kelly USN
Ordinary Seaman John Kelly USN
Corporal Nicolas Kinsella USMC
Ordinary Seaman C. Kratzer USN
Private Charles Kraus USMC
Sergeant Frank Lissman USMC
Private Aylmer Montgomerie USMC
Bayman George Murrage USN
Seamen's Cook Ah Pack USN
Landsman Thomas Riley USN
Pay Clerk John Roche USN
Captain C. Schoonmaker USN
Private John Sims USMC
Bayman H. Stalman USN
Landsman C. Stanford USN
1st Lieutenant F. Sutton USMC


Various Sources