Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Commander William Lewis Herndon
1813 - 1857
— Naval Officer - Explorer - Merchant Captain —
"Forgetful of self, in his death he added a new glory to the annals of the sea." - Maury
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 58.938′ N, 76° 29.152′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Blake Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy, across Blake Road from the Academy Chapel. A picture ID is required to enter the Academy grounds. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21402, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. One Hundredth Anniversary of the U.S. Naval Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Zimmerman Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fashioned Anchors On this spot (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Nicholson Home Site and Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker); Spanish 18-Pounder (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Cayetano (about 300 feet away); St. Joseph (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
More about this marker. Herndon Monument is the site of the traditional "plebes-no-more" ceremony, where the plebes (first year students at the academy) use teamwork to climb the greased monument and replace a plebe "dixie-cup hat" on top with an upper-class midshipman hat, signifying the official end of their plebe year.
The Midshipman who replaces the dixie cup hat is traditionally given a pair of Admiral's shoulder boards. Legend says that he or she will be the first of his or her class to make Flag Rank although, in reality, this has never proven true.
Regarding Commander William Lewis Herndon. Herndon Monument commemorates Commander William Lewis Herndon, who went down with the mail steamer Central America in a storm off South Carolina in 1857. After making every possible effort to save the ship, Herndon left the quarterdeck long enough to don his full dress uniform, in which he returned to his post to meet a seaman's death.
Also see . . . AMERICA'S LOST TREASURE, The S.S. Central America. "In a final heroic act, Captain William Lewis Herndon and his crew rescued the women and children by lowering them into lifeboats at the sacrifice of their own lives. The values and beliefs that inspired their industry in life and tenacity in the face of death endure today in a shared (Submitted on April 19, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. California Gold Rush
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,514 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 19, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 2. submitted on November 9, 2018, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. 3, 4. submitted on April 19, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on May 18, 2008, by Pat Sullivan of Somerville, Massachusetts.