From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Thomas Wainwright '47

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: August 14, 1850

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details about Thomas' life or loss, except that it was on August 14, 1850, while aboard the sloop John Adams at sea. Another report says he was Acting Master of that ship.

He was born in Massachusetts and appointed to the Naval Academy from South Carolina.

His middle name is not known.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 21 September, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Died 4 August, 1850.

In 1842 he was stationed aboard the steamer Union, with 4 guns, at the Washington navy yard, "preparing for service."

In the Register of the Navy of the United States for 1850 he is listed as "On Coast Survey" with other "Officers Employed on Special Service."

Class of 1847

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