Dennis Walbach Mullan

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Commander Dennis Walbach Mullan (c. 1843 – 27 December, 1928) served in the United States Navy.

Life & Career

Mullan was captain of the gunboat Nipsic when she survived the cyclone in Apia Harbour.

Mullan served as a Lighthouse Inspector from 1891 into 1894, then commanded the screw sloops Marion and Mohican in the Pacific until 1896. He was in charge of the Navy Yard at Pensacola, Florida, in 1896-97 and retired from active duty in July 1901.

Mullan was placed under arrest, perhaps on 12 June, 1897 on a charge of drunkenness. Awkwardly, he was then the most senior Commander in the U.S. Navy. His punishment required him to be placed at the foot of the list for five years time.[1][2]

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Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Captain of U.S.S. Nipsic
Succeeded by
Frank M. Bostwick
Preceded by
Charles S. Cotton
Captain of U.S.S. Mohican
1 Dec, 1894[3] – 16 Sep, 1895
Succeeded by
George M. Book
Preceded by
John R. Bartlett
Captain of U.S.S. Marion
before 1 Jan, 1896[4] – Apr, 1896[5]
Succeeded by
James G. Green


  1. List and Station, July 1897. p. 6.
  2. Cornell Law School website.
  3. Register of Officers, 1895. p. 8.
  4. Register of Officers, 1896. p. 8.
  5. Register of Officers, 1897. p. 8.