WILLIAM VAN WYCK, PASSED MIDN, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Van Wyck '47

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: September 21, 1854

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Loss

William was lost sometime after September 21, 1854 when USS Porpoise (1836) disappeared between Formosa and China.

He was born in, and appointed to the Naval Academy from, Maryland. He was born in 1824.

Career

From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 19 October, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Lost on the Porpoise, 21 September, 1855.

Namesake

A subspecies of the Island imperial pigeon, the vanwyckii, was characterized by William and is named in honor.



Class of 1847

William is one of 31 members of the Class of 1847 in Memorial Hall.