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NH 97918 Samoan Hurricane of 15-16 March 1889

Photo #: NH 97918  Samoan Hurricane of 15-16 March 1889
Description: Visiting the grave of Captain Cornelius M. Schoonmaker, USN, soon after the storm. Captain Schoonmaker, Commanding Officer of USS Vandalia, drowned during the hurricane and was buried near Apia, Upolu, Samoa. Those present are (from left to right): Mr. Hart, news correspondent; Mr. J.P. Dunning, Associated Press correspondent, who reported on the storm; unidentified man; Ensign John H. Gibbons, of USS Vandalia; Chief Engineer Albert S. Greene, of USS Vandalia; two unidentified men; and Captain Norman H. Farquhar, Commanding Officer of USS Trenton. One of the unidentified men is Lieutenant James W. Carlin, of USS Vandalia. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Donation of Lieutenant H.E. La Mertha, USNR, 1934. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
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