List of Famous Captains People

List of Famous Captains

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List of the most notable and famous Captains in the world, with photos when available. Most prominent Captains worldwide and top Captains in America can be found on this list ordered by their level of prominence,. From reputable Captains to the lesser known Captains in history and today, these are the top Captains in their field, and should answer the question "who are the most famous Captains in the world?". Items here include everything from Danuta Kobylińska-Walas to William T. Shorey. You can use the people in this factual list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your views, then share it with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers or with any other social networks you use on a regular basis. (12 Items)


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    Nathaniel Bowditch
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    Nathaniel Bowditch was an early American mathematician remembered for his work on ocean navigation. He is often credited as the founder of modern maritime navigation; his book The New American Practical Navigator, first published in 1802, is still carried on board every commissioned U.S. Naval vessel.more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1773-1838)
    • Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Mathematician, Actuary, Sailor
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    Thomas Coram
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    Captain Thomas Coram was a philanthropist who created the London Foundling Hospital in Lamb's Conduit Fields, Bloomsbury to look after abandoned children. It is said to be the world's first incorporated charity.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1668-1751)
    • Birthplace: Lyme Regis, England
    • Profession: Sailor
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    Sigurd Jonny "Sig" Hansen is an American Captain of the fishing vessel Northwestern. Since 2006, Hansen has been featured in all seasons of the documentary television series Deadliest Catch, for which he also serves as technical advisor for the production.more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Cars 2, Deadliest Catch, After the Catch
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    Edward Smith
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    Edward John Smith, RD, RNR was an English naval reserve officer. Raised in a working environment, he left school early to join the Royal Naval Reserve. After earning his master, he entered the service of the White Star Line, a prestigious British company. He quickly rose through the ranks, and graduated ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1850-1912)
    • Birthplace: Hanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Sailor
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    Harold Lowe

    Harold Lowe
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    Commander Harold Godfrey Lowe RD RNR was the Fifth Officer of the RMS Titanic.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1882-1944)
    • Birthplace: Llanrhos, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Sailor
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    William T. Shorey

    William T. Shorey
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    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 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1859-1919)
    • Birthplace: Barbados
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    Henryk Jaskuła

    Henryk Jaskuła is a yachtsman, sailing captain, and electrician. He was the first Pole to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe. He achieved it on the yacht Dar Przemyśla. Jaskuła became the third man to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and single-handed on 20 May 1980, the day ...more

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    • Age: age 92
    • Birthplace: Radziszów, Poland
    • Profession: Electrician
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    Frank P. Armstrong

    Francis Patrick Armstrong was a steamboat captain in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. He also operated steamboats on the Kootenay River in Montana and on the Stikine River in western British Columbia. Steam navigation in the Rocky Mountain Trench which runs through the East Kootenay region ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1859-1923)
    • Birthplace: Sorel-Tracy, Canada
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    Owen Chase

    Owen Chase
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    Owen Chase was First Mate of the whale ship Essex, that was struck and sunk by a sperm whale on November 20, 1820. Chase wrote about the incident in Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex. This book, published in 1821, would inspire Herman Melville to write ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1797-1869)
    • Birthplace: Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Sailor
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    John Kendrick was an American sea captain, both during the American Revolutionary War and the exploration and maritime fur trading of the Pacific Northwest alongside his subordinate Robert Gray.more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1740-1794)
    • Birthplace: Harwich, Massachusetts, United States of America
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    Danuta Kobylińska-Walas was the first female sea captain. She is the first woman to successfully train for the profession of sailor and reach the position of Sea Captain. She studied at the Maritime University of Szczecin. Kobylińska-Walas was a nautical captain from 1962 and led among others MS ...more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Kozietuły, Poland
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    John Wayles

    John Wayles was a planter, slave trader and lawyer in the Virginia Colony. He is historically best known as the father-in-law of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States. Wayles is widely believed to have taken his mixed-race slave Betty Hemings as a concubine after being widowed the third ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1715-1773)
    • Birthplace: Lancaster, United Kingdom
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