From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Welsh '46

Date of birth: March 26, 1824

Date of death: April 26, 1860

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.



This officer was born at York, March 26, 1824. He entered the navy, September 14, 1840, and was in much active service. After several cruises of the usual length of time, the Mexican war broke out in which he participated. He was present at the bombardment of Vera Cruz under Com. Conner, and in the expeditions against Tampico, Alvarado, and other river enterprises of the United States squadron during the war. He received his commission as lieutenant, April 18, 1855. He died on board the United States frigate “Sabine,” in the harbor of Aspinwall, April 26, 1860. Capt. A.H. Adams of the “Sabine” wrote: “The death of Lieut. Welsh has cast a gloom on shipboard, for his merits as an officer and a gentleman had endeared him to all on board. Faithfully, ably and bravely he met every duty, and all his associates bear testimony that in him were combined all the best and noblest characteristics of the true American sailor.” At the time of his death he was thirty-six years of age, and lieutenant, second in command, on the frigate “Sabine.” Of twenty years service, he had passed more than twelve at sea. As an officer he occupied the highest rank for professional ability. The remains of Lieut. Welsh were brought to York, and he was buried with military and Masonic honors, on Monday, June 18, 1860, in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Taken from the book “History of York County, Illustrated 1886” by John Gibson, Historical Editor

George was born in, and appointed to the Naval Academy from, Pennsylvania; he is also buried there.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 4 September, 1840. Passed Midshipman, 11 July, 1846. Master, 12 August, 1854. Lieutenant, 18 April, 1855. Died 26 April, 1860.

He had worked with Lieutenant Matthew Fontaine Maury during the First Grinnell Expedition of 1850-51, compiling the chart of the expedition and its discoveries.

His journals from various cruises in the 1840s and 1850s are in the collection of the Library of Congress.

Class of 1846

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