From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Stewart '61

Date of birth: June 30, 1840

Date of death: January 24, 1870

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

William Francis Stewart was admitted to the Naval Academy from Pennsylvania on September 22, 1857 at age 17 years 3 months.


William "Frank" Stewart from the 1911 Lucky Bag, on the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the Class of 1861.

William 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. He was the executive officer.

A detailed account of the event is available here.

Frank Stewart is remembered as having a "beautiful black beard" as a Firstie in the 1911 Lucky Bag as part of the article "The Academy Fifty Years Ago".

He is buried in Pennsylvania.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Acting Midshipman, 23 September, 1857. Midshipman, 1 June, 1861. Lieutenant, 16 July, 1862. Lieutenant Commander, 25 July, 1866. Lost in the Oneida, 21 January, 1870.

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

Class of 1861

William is one of 3 members of the Class of 1861 on Virtual Memorial Hall.