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Re: American Burials at sea and other recorded deaths...
« Reply #210 on: October 09, 2016, 01:01:45 am »
USS Jamestown
July 14, 1865
North Pacific

From 4 to 8
At 8.50, Wm. Wilkins (Seaman) departed this life, aged 49 years.

From 8 to Meridian
Expended for the burial of Wm. Wilkins two thirty-two pound shot.

From Meridian to 4
At 1 o'clock, called "all hands to bury the Dead," and after reading the Burial Service, committed the remains of William Wilkins, (Sea) to the Deep.


http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Jamestown/vol017of067/vol017of067_181_1.jpg

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Re: American Burials at sea and other recorded deaths...
« Reply #211 on: October 09, 2016, 10:10:48 am »
That's a sorry few weeks for the Jamestown crew, to lose two crewmates so close.

Rest in Peace John Desmond and William Wilkins

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« Reply #212 on: October 11, 2016, 12:02:50 am »
USS Jamestown
August 5, 1865
North Pacific

At 1.50 Louis Dewart (Sea.) while employed setting the Main Top=gallant Stud'g Sail, fell from aloft overboard. The life=buoy was immediately let go - Ship hove aback Third + Fourth cutters lowered, but he was drowned despite the efforts to save him. At 2.20 filled away again

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Jamestown/vol017of067/vol017of067_193_0.jpg

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Re: American Burials at sea and other recorded deaths...
« Reply #213 on: October 11, 2016, 12:14:22 am »
USS Jamestown
August 6, 1865
North Pacific

From Midnight to 4:
At 12.45 Alexander H. Whittaker, Lds., departed this life.

From 8 to Meridian:
At 9.30, all hands were called to "bury the dead." The Funeral Service was read, and the remains of Alexander Whitaker were committed to the deep.


http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Jamestown/vol017of067/vol017of067_193_1.jpg

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Re: American Burials at sea and other recorded deaths...
« Reply #214 on: November 14, 2016, 06:05:22 am »
Albatross 1900.

10 April 1909. 4am to 8am
John Olsen BM2c was stricken about 6:50 and at 7:00 died. [Could be Oben]
Cause of death uncertain - either apoplexy or heat disease.
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol043of055/vol043of055_0185_1.jpg

11 April 1909. 8:25 to 10am.
At 9:30 sent body of John Olsen late BM2c USN to Canacao Hospital morgue for preperation for burial, remains accompanied by Medical Officer of this vessel.
11 April 1909. 10am - Midnight
At 2:45 Commanding Officer, five officers and fifty five men left ship in steamer, cutter and whale boat to attend funeral of the late J. Olsen, BM2c USN
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol043of055/vol043of055_0186_1.jpg

12 April 1909. 10am to Midnight
The effects of the late John Olsen, BM2c were sold at auction for $23.75.
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol043of055/vol043of055_0187_1.jpg

RIP John Olsen (Oben?). BM2c
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« Reply #215 on: November 14, 2016, 07:32:46 pm »
He had a good turn out of crew then. Must have been a popular man.
RIP John Olsen

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Re: American Burials at sea and other recorded deaths...
« Reply #217 on: November 16, 2016, 09:00:33 pm »
Oh that is a most dredful tale Randi - grim.  :(

RIP James Collarey  :(


(Interestingly the Albatross appears again on page 7 of The Pacific Commercial Advertiser and I'll post it over in the [Albatross Shipyard] )
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Re: American Burials at sea and other recorded deaths...
« Reply #218 on: November 16, 2016, 09:43:12 pm »
Albatross October 28th 1907 Honolulu
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol041of055/vol041of055_0147_1.jpg

At 8:20 a steam valve blew out in engine room while H.J.Mackey, MM1c., and Jas. Collarey, F2c., were working on it, killing James Collarey, F2c.  His body was taken to the undertakers for preparation for burial.

Commandant of Naval Station appointed a board to investigate the cause of the accident which caused the death of James Collarey, F2c.  The Board consists of the following officers: Lieut. Barthalow, U.S.N., Asst. Paymaster Brooks, U.S.N., Act. Asst. Surgeon Hart, U.S.N.  Court met at 9:30.

At 3:30 sent burial party ashore to attend the burial of James Collarey, F2c., who was accidentally killed on this vessel.  Halfmasted colors with the naval station, mastheading them again at 4:30.  A funeral party from U.S.S. Iroquois and firing party of marines from the naval station also attended the funeral.  The Board of Inquest adjourned at 11:30 to await the action of the convening authority.

31st October 1907
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/Albatross/vol041of055/vol041of055_0151_1.jpg
By order of Commanding Officer the effects of J.Collarey, F2c, deceased, were sold at auction.

M.Mackey was sent to a General court-martial when the ship arrived in the Philippines.  Nothing in the logs about the outcome of this.

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Re: American Burials at sea and other recorded deaths...
« Reply #219 on: November 16, 2016, 10:08:44 pm »
Sorry times then Hurlock. Thanks for tracking the history of the event down.
I'm sure that the moment of the accident was terrifying, but waiting for the court martial must have been grim too  :(  I don't know what I would have done in that circumstance. I guess the question was - did MacKey cause the accident by his mistake?  :-\

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« Reply #220 on: November 20, 2016, 06:44:23 pm »
Thetis December 10th 1904 - Sausalito

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2.00 half-masted colors until 4.00 on account of funeral of Master-at-Arms Taylor, of USS Bear.

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Re: American Burials at sea and other recorded deaths...
« Reply #221 on: March 17, 2017, 02:41:54 pm »
U.S.S. Yorktown - Anchored in Magdalena Bay, Mexico.

20-01-1907 - 4 to 8 P.M.:
At 6.55 Midshipman I.W. Hayne, U.S.N. died on board U.S.F.S. Charleston.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Yorktown/vol028of040/vol028of040_210_1.jpg

21-01-1907 - Meridian to 4 P.M.:
The Flagship held funeral services in honor of late Midshipman I.W. Hayne, U.S. Navy, after which his remains were transferred to this ship for transportation to San Diego, Cal.
An escort of Officers and men accompanied the body.
Midshipman O.I. Cox, U.S. Navy, reported on board in obedience to orders of the Commander-in-Chief to escort the remains of the late Midshipman Hayne.
After the remains were received on board a sentry was placed on duty to guard them.

http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Yorktown/vol028of040/vol028of040_212_1.jpg

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Re: American Burials at sea and other recorded deaths...
« Reply #222 on: June 19, 2017, 07:10:23 pm »
USS Atka, 22 January 1955

0925 Launched helicopter UR-25, pilot LTJG Moore, passenger Reverand Lineham.
1020 Received radio report of crash on ice barrier of helicopter UR-25, pilot LTJG Moore, passenger none.
1020 Rescue party called away.
1025 Received radio report that helicopter UR-17, pilot Metrolis, ADC/AP, was bringing back LTJG Moore in stretcher.
1035 Helicopter UR-17 landed on bay ice near ship carrying LTJG Moore on stretcher lashed to pontoon.
1037 LTJG Moore carried aboard ship and committed to sick bay.
1038 Metrolis, ADC/AP, boarded the ship and made report on crash of UR-25.
1325 John Pinkey Moore, LTJG, USN, 567489/1325 USNR-R died as a result of multiple injuries received in helicopter crash on ice barrier at 1020 this date. Crash occurred in line of duty.

https://catalog.archives.gov/OpaAPI/media/8003426/content/arcmedia/dc-metro/594258-navy-deck-logs/00001/atka-agb-3-1955-01/atka-agb-3-1955-01-0049.jpg

I wasn't able to find a record of a burial at sea in the logs in the next couple of days, but various websites (e.g. link) imply he was brought back to the US. They also report the crash occurred due to white-out conditions.

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Re: American Burials at sea and other recorded deaths...
« Reply #223 on: June 19, 2017, 11:30:41 pm »
Oh that's very sad. His last three hours must have been very stressful.   :'(

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Re: American Burials at sea and other recorded deaths...
« Reply #224 on: July 12, 2017, 12:23:53 am »


Some pages in these logs stop you in your tracks. The terrible realities of this hard life strike you. The whaler is up near Unalaska and the weather and sea blowing and running hard. You sit back, your fingers leave the keyboard, and you gasp. You stand on that deck as horror-struck as the crew, and it's as if you were there yourself. You want to throw a life aid. You want to put more safety into the system. But you are simply a transcriber more than a century ahead.  Turning back the pages of this book cannot turn back time to make the difference.

'At eleventhirty oclock PM while taking in main topsail Guss Frohn seaman fell from the yard striking on Port rail thence overboard. The Capt threw him a rope and the mate the life buoy but he seemed too far gone to notice anything. We wore [around] [under] steam and picked up the life buoy at elevenforty but no trace of the man could be found.'

Rest In Peace Guss Frohn, Seaman of the William Baylies. His soul 'gone aloft' March 25th 1899.

[Reported to the New Bedford Whaling Crew Database (web@whalingmuseum.org) 2017-07-12]

P.S. His death was reported in a newspaper but I cannot get access to it. If any of you are able to do so it would be nice to see that entry: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/27436333/
Thank you :)

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Addendum:
I thought to write to the Whaling Museum at New Bedford to record this death. I received a very interesting reply from the Librarian:

[...] Thank you very much for your e-mail. The crew list database we have available on our website is generated from the records in our possession that were maintained by the New Bedford Port Society contemporaneously from the 1830s up until 1925. As a result, crewmen who shipped on whaling voyages from ports outside of the New Bedford Port District are not included in the database. The 1899 voyage of the steambark William Baylies shipped out of San Francisco, so this voyage and its crew would not be represented in our database.
Sincerely,
Mark D. Procknik, Librarian
Grimshaw-Gudewicz Reading Room
New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 997-0046 ext. 134     mprocknik@whalingmuseum.org
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