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Simeon Bassett '47

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: May 6, 1859

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details about Simeon's life or loss, except that it occurred on May 6, 1859 "off Buenos Ayres"; he was aboard Bainbridge.

He was born in, and appointed to the Naval Academy from, Washington, D.C.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 10 September, 1841. Passed Midshipman, 10 August, 1847. Master, 14 September, 1855. Lieutenant, 15 September, 1855. Died 6 May, 1859.

Though it is not captured in the Registers of Navy Officers below, Simeon was aboard the brig USS Truxtun (1842) when that vessel went aground off of Mexico in August 1846.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

September 1842

Midshipman, Receiving vessel, Baltimore

January 1843

Midshipman, Frigate United States

Others at this command: MIDN William Van Wyck '47 and MIDN Theodoric Walker '47

October 1843

Midshipman, on leave, Washington, D.C.

January 1844

Midshipman, Frigate Cumberland

Others at this command: MIDN Edward Stout '46 and MIDN Thomas Wainwright '47

January 1848

Midshipman, Frigate Brandywine

Others at this command: MIDN Theodoric Walker '47, MIDN John Sproston '52, and MIDN William Gwin '53

January 1849

Passed Midshipman, Frigate Brandywine

Others at this command: PASSED MIDN Thomas Brodhead '47, PASSED MIDN Theodoric Walker '47, MIDN John Sproston '52, and MIDN William Gwin '53

January 1850

Passed Midshipman, Coast Survey

Others at this command: PASSED MIDN Edward Stout '46, PASSED MIDN Horace Crabb '47, and PASSED MIDN Dawson Phenix '47

January 1851

Passed Midshipman, Mail Steamer Atlantic

January 1852

Passed Midshipman, Coast Survey

Others at this command: PASSED MIDN Robert Marr '46, PASSED MIDN Horace Crabb '47, PASSED MIDN George Hare '47, and PASSED MIDN William Van Wyck '47

January 1853

Passed Midshipman, Coast Survey

Others at this command: PASSED MIDN Thomas Eaton '47 and PASSED MIDN Joseph Smith '47

January 1854

Passed Midshipman, Steamer Walker

January 1855

Passed Midshipman, acting master, Steamer Active

January 1856

Lieutenant, Steamer Active

January 1857

Lieutenant, Steamer Active

January 1858

Lieutenant, Steamer Active

Class of 1847

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

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