From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

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.

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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 in Memorial Hall.