From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Somerville '47

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: February 4, 1850

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.


James died on February 4, 1850, at Key West, Florida. There is no cause of death given, which has almost always indicated disease or illness. (Including for Charles Dyer, Jr. '46, whose drowning is specifically mentioned a few lines after James' listing in the above document.)

He is buried in Florida.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 10 September, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Acting Master, 17 January, 1848. Died 4 February, 1850.

He was born in, and appointed to the Naval Academy from, Maryland.

He was aboard USS Constitution when that ship was placed in commission on June 22, 1842. Later that year he was listed aboard the frigate Brandywine, "preparing for sea at Norfolk." He was still on that ship, then on the East Indies station, in the October 1, 1843 issue.

Class of 1847

James is one of 31 members of the Class of 1847 on Virtual Memorial Hall.