WILLIAM VAN WYCK, PASSED MIDN, USN
William Van Wyck '47
Date of birth: 1824
Date of death: September 21, 1854
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.
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.