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James Hull '68

Date of birth: 1847

Date of death: January 24, 1870

Age: ~22

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

James Cooper Hull was admitted to the Naval Academy from New York on September 27, 1861 at age 14 years 6 months.


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James was lost on January 24, 1870 when USS Oneida was sunk following a collision with a British merchant steamer while departing Yokohama harbor, Japan. One hundred twenty-four other officers and men were also lost.

A detailed account of the event is available here.


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From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 24 July, 1863. Graduated June, 1868. Lost in the Oneida, 24 January, 1870.


From the Marysville Daily Appeal, 24 March 1870, via the records of the US Naval Academy Alumni Association:

The Officers of the Oneida. Below we give sketches of some of the officers who perished in the ill-fated Oneida:

MIDSHIPMAN J. C. HULL was born and bred in New York and entered the service in 1861. He is widely known throughout the service and has a large acquaintance in this city. He was known while in the Naval Academy for his geniality and his kindness, and these qualities, beyond all others, are appreciated in the naval service. Mr. Hull was the friend of every one and every one was his friend. In anecdote he was copious, in his studies persevering and thorough, and in professional knowledge apt and seamanlike. He clung to the navy, and with it were all his hopes. He will long be remembered.

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Edward Williams '53, William Stewart '61, John Phelan '66, Charles Brown '67, James Cowie '67, Charles Copp '68, William Uhler '68, George Bower '68, and George Adams '68 were also lost aboard Oneida.

Class of 1868

James is one of 11 members of the Class of 1868 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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