ELIAS VANDER HORST, PASSED MIDN, USN
Elias Vander Horst, '47
Date of birth: 1825
Date of death: March 17, 1850
The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.
He was born in, and appointed to the Naval Academy from, South Carolina.
He is buried in South Carolina; his tombstone reads "To the memory of Elias Vanderhorst U.S.A. Passed Midshipman who died in the service of his country at Rio De Janeiro." Elias was survived by his parents, a brother, and a sister.
The Register of Alumni gives no additional information.
Midshipman, 10 September, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Died 17 March, 1850.
In the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1842 he is listed as a member of the frigate Columbia, with 44 guns, which was part of the Brazil Squadron.
He was a midshipman aboard the sloop Cyane (1837) in 1846; the ship had "sailed from Norfolk August 10, 1845 to relieve the Levant, was at Monterey July 7, 1846, at the taking possession of California."
Horace Crabb '47 was also aboard Cyane in 1846.