From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Francis Sutton '81

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: March 15, 1889

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Francis Eskridge Sutton was admitted to the Naval Academy from New York on June 21, 1877 at age 16 years 6 months.


Francis was lost when U.S.S. Vandalia was wrecked in a cyclone. Forty-two other officers and men were also lost.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Second Lieutenant, 1 July, 1883. First Lieutenant, 9 March, 1888. Lost in wreck of U.S.S. Vandalia, 16 March, 1889, at Apia, Samoa.

Francis is mentioned a few times in the memoir of George Barnett, Marine Corps Commandant.

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Cornelius Schoonmaker '59 was commanding officer of Vandalia and was also lost that day.

Class of 1881

Francis is the only member of the Class of 1881 in Memorial Hall.