From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Colville Terrett '46

Date of birth: 1820

Date of death: September 18, 1860

Age: ~40

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.


Colville was lost sometime after September 18, 1860, when USS Levant (1837) disappeared after leaving Hilo, Hawaii, for Panama.

He was born in Virginia and appointed to the Naval Academy from Indiana; he was survived by his wife and a son, Colville P. Terrett, who served in the Army as an infantry officer and retired a Colonel.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 3 January, 1840. Passed Midshipman, 11 July, 1846. Master, 1 March, 1855. Lieutenant, 14 September, 1855. Lost in Levant, 18 September, 1860.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

January 1842

Midshipman, Sloop Dale

January 1844

Midshipman, leave of absence

January 1846

Midshipman, Frigate Constitution

January 1848

Passed Midshipman, Schooner Phenix (coast survey)

January 1849

Passed Midshipman, Coast Survey

Others at this command: PASSED MIDN Edward Stout '46.

January 1850

Passed Midshipman, Frigate Cumberland

Others at this command: PASSED MIDN Thomas Eaton '47.

January 1852

Passed Midshipman, Observatory, Washington

Others at this command: PASSED MIDN George Welsh '46 and PASSED MIDN Theodoric Walker '47.

January 1855

Passed Midshipman, acting master, Frigate Constitution

January 1856

Lieutenant, Naval Observatory and Hydrographical Office, Washington, D.C.

Others at this command: LT George Welsh '46.

January 1857

Lieutenant, Naval Observatory and Hydrographical Office, Washington, D.C.

January 1858

Lieutenant, Steam Frigate Minnesota

Others at this command: MIDN James Moseley '56.

January 1860

Lieutenant, Sloop Levant

Others at this command: LT Edward Stout '46, LT Richard Bowen '53, and Master James Moseley '56.

Class of 1846

Colville is one of 13 members of the Class of 1846 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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