WILLIAM F. STEWART, LCDR, USN
William Stewart '61
Date of birth: June 30, 1840
Date of death: January 24, 1870
The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.
William Francis Stewart was admitted to the Naval Academy from Pennsylvania on September 22, 1857 at age 17 years 3 months.
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.
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.