Joseph Warren Holmes

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Joseph Warren Holmes
Born (1824-04-01)April 1, 1824
Mystic, Connecticut, U.S.
Died December 12, 1912(1912-12-12) (aged 88)
Mystic, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Sea captain

Captain Joseph Warren Holmes (April 1, 1824 – December 12, 1912) was an American sea captain noted for sailing around Cape Horn 84 times and Cape of Good Hope 14 times without a shipwreck or loss of a crewman.[2] He had a 63 year career at sea, including 55 commanding clipper ships and others.[3]

Early life[edit]

Joseph Warren Holmes was born on April 1, 1824 in Mystic, Connecticut[1][4] Joseph Warren Holmes's father was Jeremiah Holmes.[3] Jeremiah Holmes was a part of the War of 1812 and at the time was well respected in Mystic, Connecticut.[citation needed]

Ships under Holmes' command[edit]

Captain Holmes sailed as master on various ships in the course of his career, including four ships built in Mystic, Connecticut: the bark Frances, clipper Seminole, and ships Elisabeth F. Willets and Haze.[5]


Joseph Warren Holmes married twice and had one son from his first marriage, Edwin Warren Holmes. He died in San Francisco in 1883. He did have a grandson, also named Edwin Warren Holmes that was born around 1882.[3]


  1. ^ a b Matthews, Frederick C. (1930). American Merchant Ships, 1850-1900. Marine Research Society. p. 32. OCLC 3681274. 
  2. ^ "Portrait of Joseph Warren Holmes (1824-1912)". Mystic Seaport. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  3. ^ a b c "Kim03-071 Scrapbook". Indian & Colonial Research Center Library. 
  4. ^ "Biographical Review". 
  5. ^ "University of Connecticut Digital Mosaic". Captain Joseph Warren Holmes of Mystic. University of CT. 2009 [1908]. Retrieved May 9, 2010. 

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