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 4, 1850, while aboard the sloop John Adams at sea. (A different report puts his date of death on August 14, and says he was Acting Master of John Adams.)

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


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."

Class of 1847

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