From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Van Wyck '47

Date of birth: 1824

Date of death: September 21, 1854

Age: ~30

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.


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.

William was survived by his wife, Ellen Teresa Roche Febiger, and son, William Van Wyck Reily.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

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

A letter he wrote in 1854 is in the files of the Maryland Historical Society.


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

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William Van Wyck Reily '75 was named for William; William Reily's father was a classmate and shipmate of William Van Wyck.

Class of 1847

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