New Jersey Obituaries - July 6, 1898 - William M. Ackerman

Drowned Off A Torpedo Boat

A Freehold Boy Meets His Death On the Cuban Coast

William M. Ackerman, a young officer on the torpedo boat Rodgers, was drowned off the coast of Cuba on June 19th. He was a nephew of John D. Perrine of Manalapan and made his home there and at Freehold up to about six years ago. He was well known at Freehold and throughout the western part of the county. He was making fast a tow line to the bow of the Rodgers when he was swept overboard by the line. A life buoy was thrown to him and every effort was made to save him without avail. He wore hip rubber boots at the time, and they are supposed to have pulled him down. He may also have been injured when he was knocked overboard. The body was not recovered.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, July 6, 1898