From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Carlin '68

Date of birth: May 14, 1848

Date of death: December 30, 1899

Age: 51

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

James William Carlin was admitted to the Naval Academy from Illinois on July 23, 1864 at age 16 years 2 months.


James died of peritonitis on December 30, 1899 while aboard the navy ship Culgoa, enroute to the naval hospital at Yokohama. It seems he was the commanding officer.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 23 July, 1864. Graduated 2 June, 1868. Ensign, 19 April, 1869. Master, 12 July, 1870. Lieutenant, 12 February, 1874. Lieutenant Commander, 10 May, 1895. Commander, 3 March, 1899. Died 30 December, 1899.

He was a noted hero of the hurricane in March 1899 in Samoa; he took command of his ship when the commanding officer was killed.

Class of 1868

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