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Leroy Garrett '79

Date of birth: May 22, 1857

Date of death: November 21, 1906

Age: 49

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

Leroy Mason Garrett was admitted to the Naval Academy from New York on September 16, 1875 at age 18 years 0 months.

Biography & Loss

From The United States Army and Navy Journal on December 1, 1906:

A despatch from Honolulu announces that Lieut. Comdr. Leroy M. Garrett, USN, commanding the US fish commission steamer Albatross, was washed overboard from that ship on Nov. 21, while she was five hundred miles northwest of Honolulu. … Commander Garrett was a native of New York and was graduated from the US Naval Academy, which he entered in 1875. He was known as an efficient officer and in high standing in the world of science, and was intensely interested in fish studies of the deep sea. He was on the Alert of the Atlantic Station from 1879-1881, and joined the fish commission steamer Albatross in 1883, serving on her to 1885. He spent the winters on the Albatross, and the summers on geological survey. Among other assignments he served on the Iroquois and Adams on the Pacific Station, 1885-8; commanded the coast survey steamer Endeavor, 1888-9; special longitude duty, 1889-90; on the San Francisco, Pacific Station, December, 1890, to June, 1893; commanding coast survey steamer Endeavor, October, 1893-6; U.S.S. Armenia, 1808, and was on the Marblehead, Jan. 17, 1899, to 1901. He subsequently served on the Iowa and Maine, and he was assigned to command the Albatross in December, 1902. His death was the sad ending of a successful scientific trip of professors interested in the inhabitants of the deep sea. No one made a more thorough study of these fish than did Commander Garrett. Many fine specimens were obtained by the deep sea dredge that the Albatross carries. Some of the fish were brought up from a depth of two miles. Part of the record of the trip of the Albatross was the report that she had sighted an island that arose out of the ocean before those on board. Prof. H. Heath declares that he saw the island grow up in the midst of the Aleutian Islands at about the time San Francisco was shaken by the earthquake last April.

Leroy was a Lieutenant Commander stationed and living at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., at the end of 1901.

He was survived by his mother. He has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Cadet Midshipman, 18 September, 1875. Graduated 10 June, 1881. Ensign, Junior Grade, 3 March, 1883. Ensign, 26 June, 1884. Lieutenant, Junior Grade, 19 February, 1891. Lieutenant, 21 May, 1895.

Class of 1879

Leroy is one of 3 members of the Class of 1879 on Virtual Memorial Hall.