George Wallace Melville

George Wallace Melville

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 17 Mar 1912 (aged 71)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 10, Lot 47
Memorial ID 20056667 · View Source
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United States Navy Rear Admiral, Explorer. He was educated by the Brothers of the Christian Schools and later graduated from the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute. He began his naval career as a Midshipman, and went up through the ranks as Master, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Commodore, and, finally, Rear Admiral. During the Civil War, he served as engineering officer on the "USS Wachusett". Later he was chief engineer on the "USS Tigress" which brought home the 19 survivors of the ill-fated Polaris expedition which tried to find a route to the North Pole. The expedition's commander, Captain Charles Francis Hall, had been poisoned with arsenic. Hall's expedition was chronicled by fellow explorer and Philadelphian, Elisha Kent Kane. In 1879, Melville explored the Arctic He recounted his adventure in the work "In the Lena Delta" (1884). In that year he was Chief Engineer on the "USS Thetis", a ship which saved the survivors of the Adolphus Greely expedition. He was the first Chief of the Bureau of Steam Engineering and a founder of both the Naval Surface Warfare Center and the Naval Postgraduate School.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Wallace Melville (10 Jan 1841–17 Mar 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20056667, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .