From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Cowie '67

Date of birth: 1849

Date of death: January 24, 1870

Age: ~20

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

James Walker Cowie was admitted to the Naval Academy from Iowa on February 25, 1863 at age 14 years 11 months.


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.

He has a memory marker in Washington, D.C.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 25 February, 1863. Graduated 6 June, 1867. Ensign, 18 December, 1868. Lost on board the Oneida, 24 January, 1870.

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

Class of 1867

James is one of 5 members of the Class of 1867 in Memorial Hall.