CHARLES F. PUTNAM, MASTER, USN
Charles Putnam '73
Date of birth: December 1, 1854
Date of death: January 10, 1883
The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.
Charles Flint Putnam was admitted to the Naval Academy from Freeport, Illinois on June 22, 1869 at age 14 years 6 months.
Born in Freeport, Illinois, Putnam entered the Naval Academy at the age of 14. Upon his request at graduation in 1873, he was ordered to the Far East in USS Kearsarge, serving in that vessel with the Asiatic Squadron until 1875. Master Putnam was stationed at San Francisco, California in 1876 and was attached to schoolship USS Jamestown in 1877–78.
In 1879 he joined the Coast Survey steamer Hassler in the North Pacific. Putnam volunteered in 1881 for service in USS Rodgers, fitted out to search for the USS Jeannette, which had been lost in the Arctic on an expedition to reach the North Pole. When Rodgers burned at St. Lawrence Bay, Siberia, 30 November 1881, Putnam took supplies to the survivors on dog sledges. On his return to his depot at Cape Serdze, he missed his way in a blinding snow storm 10 January 1882, drifted out to sea on an ice-floe and was never heard from again.
He was survived by his mother.
Class of 1873
Charles is the only member of the Class of 1873 in Memorial Hall.