From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frederick Wheelock '46

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: April 11, 1848

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details about William's life or loss, except that he died on April 11, 1848, possibly while aboard the Brig Porpoise, of the African Squadron.

Register of Alumni gives date of death but no other information.

He was born in Virginia but was appointed from, and was a resident of, New York.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 10 March, 1840. Passed Midshipman, 11 July, 1846. Died 11 April, 1848.

From "Letters to the Secretary of the Navy":

From Acting Midshipman Y. Philipse Wheelock, USS CONSTITUTION, 1 Nov 1841: On passage from USS MARION on the Brazil Station, wishes to withdraw his resignation. [Annotated that it has not yet reached the Department.]

There are no other "Wheelock"s on record during this period; suspect the "Y" first initial above is a typo. On November 2, 1841 Captain Daniel Turner (of Constitution) "Reports having permitted Acting Midshipman Wheelock to return home after so short a time because the young man convinced him he was not fitted for the service and wished to be allowed to resign."

In November 1841 F.P. Wheelock is listed as a midshipman aboard the frigate Constitution; this ship had just returned from Brazil to Hampton Roads, Virginia. He had joined the ship on station at some point earlier that year.

Memorial Hall Error

Frederick is listed as an Ensign; however, this rank did not exist until 1862.

Class of 1846

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