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William T. Shorey

Born: Jul 13, 1859

Death: Apr 15, 1919

Birthplace: Barbados

Nationality: United States

William T. Shorey

Date of Birth : Jul 13, 1859
Date of Death : Apr 15, 1919
Birth Place : Barbados

William T. Shorey was a late 19th-century American whaling ship captain known to his crew as the Black Ahab. He was born in Barbados July 13, 1859 and spent his life at sea. He became the only black captain operating on the west coast of the United States in the late-1880s and 1890s. He obtained his certification in 1885. His whaling voyages were based out of San Francisco on the whaling bark John and Winthrop. He retired from whaling in 1908 and lived in Oakland until his death from the Spanish flu pandemic in 1919. He is buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California. WIlliam T. Shorey was of African descent through Barbados.

Also known as

  • William Shorey


  • Julia Ann
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