List of sea captains

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This is a list of sea captains. The list includes merchant ship's captains as well as naval ship's captains. It is limited to those notable in this role, and about which Wikipedia and Web have articles.

Image About Nationality Merchant Naval Born Died
WilliamAdams.jpg Adams, William

An English navigator who went to Japan and is believed to be the first Briton ever to reach Japan.

 United Kingdom Yes 1564 1620
Vitus Bering 1681-1741.jpg Bering, Vitus

A Danish-born navigator in the service of the Russian Navy, captain-komandor Витус Ионассен Беринг. The first European to discover Alaska and its Aleutian Islands. The Bering Strait, the Bering Sea, Bering Island, Bering Glacier and the Bering Land Bridge are named for the explorer.

 Denmark Yes 1681 1741
Alexanderson, Leroy J.

Last captain of the SS United States, the biggest ocean liner ever built entirely in the United States and fastest passenger liner crossing the Atlantic Ocean in regular service.

 United States Yes 1910 2004
Aruga, Kōsaku

A Japanese naval officer who participated in World War II. His most significant battles were the Battle of Leyte Gulf and at the East China Sea.

 Japan Yes 1897 1945
Acac, Rhyan Jay

A Filipino naval officer who participated in World War II. His most notable battle was the Battle of Leyte Gulf against Kōsaku Aruga.

 Philippines Yes 1890 1963
William Bainbridge.jpg Bainbridge, William

A Commodore in the United States Navy, notable for his victory over HMS Java during the War of 1812.

 United States Yes 1774 1833
Joshua-barney-circa-1800.jpg Barney, Joshua

A commodore in the United States Navy who served in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

 United States Yes 1759 1818
James Barron.jpg Barron, James


Served in the Virginia Navy during the last years of the American Revolution and, nearly two decades later in 1798, received a commission as a Lieutenant in the new U.S. Navy.

 United States Yes 1769 1851
Barron, Samuel


An officer of the United States Navy and later Confederate Navy, acting as a representative in Europe for the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

 United States Yes 1809 1888
John Barry by Gilbert Stuart.jpg Barry, John


An officer in the Continental Navy and later in the United States Navy.

 United States Yes 1745 1803
Berwick, Thomas

Was a master mariner until he was found guilty of scuttling his ship and sentenced to twenty years transportation. At the time of his sentence he was married with seven children. He arrived in Western Australia on board the Hougoumont in January 1868.

 United States Yes 1825 1891
WilliamBligh.jpeg Bligh, William

An officer of the Royal Navy and a colonial administrator. The notorious mutiny occurred during his command of HMS Bounty in 1789; Bligh and his loyal men made a remarkable voyage to Timor, after being set adrift by the mutineers in the Bounty's launch.

 United Kingdom Yes 1754 1817
Borghese, Prince Junio Valerio Scipione


An Italian naval commander during Fascism and a hard-line fascist politician in post-war Italy.

 Italy Yes 1906 1974
Guillermo Brown.png Brown, William


Irish-born, "father of the Argentine Navy", victorious in the Independence War, the Cisplatine War, and the Guerra Grande in Uruguay

 Argentina Yes 1777 1857
FranklinBuchanan.jpg Brown, John Sea Captain


John Sea Captain Brown, known for his unrequited love for Ros 'land-whale' Brody.

 United Kingdom No 1957 Present
FranklinBuchanan.jpg Buchanan, Franklin


An officer in the United States Navy who became an admiral in the Confederate Navy during the American Civil War, and commanded the ironclad CSS Virginia.

 United States Yes 1800 1874
Pedro Álvares Cabral - steel engraving by American Bank Note Company.jpg Cabral, Pedro Álvares

Portuguese navigator and explorer, generally regarded as the European discoverer of Brazil (April 22, 1500).

 Portugal Yes 1467 1520
Calamai, Piero

Italian senior grade shipmaster, Master aboard SS "Andrea Doria" at time of fatal collision, on July 25, 1956, with Swedish MV "Stockholm". Italian Line's Senior Captain.

 Italy Yes 1901 1972
Peter Campbell

Irish-born founder of the Uruguayan Navy.

 Uruguay Yes 1780 1832
Isaac Chauncey.jpg Chauncey, Isaac

An officer in the United States Navy

 United States Yes 1772 1840
Ridolfo Ghirlandaio Columbus.jpg Columbus, Christopher

Genoese navigator, colonizer and explorer whose voyages across the Atlantic Ocean, funded by Queen Isabella of Spain, led to general European awareness of the American continents in the Western Hemisphere.

Flag of Genoa Genoa Yes 1451 1506
William Hogarth 053.jpg Coram, Thomas

Sea captain who later operated a ship building business at Taunton, Massachusetts. He afterwards became a successful merchant in London and, in 1732, a trustee of James Oglethorpe’s Georgia colony.

 United Kingdom Yes 1668 1751
WilliamBCushing.jpg Cushing, William B.

An officer in the United States Navy, best known for sinking the Confederate ironclad CSS Albemarle during a daring nighttime raid on October 27, 1864, a feat for which he received the thanks of Congress.

 United States Yes 1842 1874
StephenDecatur.jpeg Decatur, Stephen

An American naval officer notable for his heroism in the First Barbary War and the Second Barbary War and in the War of 1812. He was the youngest man to reach the rank of captain in the history of the U.S. Navy, and the first American celebrated as a national military hero who had not played a role in the American Revolution.

 United States Yes 1779 1820
1590 or later Marcus Gheeraerts, Sir Francis Drake Buckland Abbey, Devon.jpg Drake, Francis

An English privateer, navigator, slaver, and politician of the Elizabethan era. He is most famous for circumnavigating the globe in command of the Golden Hind between 1577 and 1580.

 United Kingdom Yes Yes c. 1540 1595
George Duff.jpg Duff, George

British naval officer during the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars, whose excellent career was cut short when he was killed by a cannonball at the battle of Trafalgar.

 United Kingdom Yes 1764 1805
Robert Fitzroy.jpg FitzRoy, Robert

Vice-Admiral FitzRoy achieved lasting fame as the captain of HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin's famous voyage, and as a pioneering meteorologist who made accurate weather forecasting a reality. He was an able surveyor and hydrographer and served as Governor of New Zealand from 1843 to 1845.

 United Kingdom Yes 1805 1865
Charles Fryatt IWM Q 066269.jpg Fryatt, Charles

Master of the Great Eastern Railway's steamship Brussels, and he was shot by the Germans in 1916 after he used his ship to try and ram U-33. Sometime after the attempt the Germans lay in wait for his ship and captured him.

 United Kingdom Yes 1872 1916
da Gama, Estêvão

The second son of Vasco da Gama and brother of Cristóvão da Gama, and named after his paternal grandfather Estêvão da Gama.He commanded the fleet that entered the Red Sea, with the intent of attacking the Ottoman fleet in its harbor at Suez.

 Portugal Yes ca. 1505 1576
da Gama, Cristóvão

Son of explorer Vasco da Gama, commanded a ship in the Red Sea against the Ottoman naval base at Suez.

 Portugal Yes 1516 1542
da Gama, Paulo

A Portuguese explorer, son of Estêvão da Gama and the older brother of Vasco da Gama, he took part on the first sea trip from Europe to India, led by his brother, commanding the ship São Rafael, which would be later scuttled in the return trip. Paulo da Gama joined the São Gabriel, but, already sick, died the day after his ship arrived at the Azores.

 Portugal Yes ? 1499
Vasco da Gama.png da Gama, Vasco

A Portuguese explorer, one of the most successful in the European Age of Discovery and the commander of the first ships to sail directly from Europe to India.

 Portugal Yes ca. 1460–1469 1524
Giuseppe Garibaldi (1866).jpg Garibaldi, Giuseppe

Italian patriot, sea captain, and soldier of the Risorgimento.

 Italy Yes 1807 1882
Minoru Genda.jpg Genda, Minoru

Served in the Imperial Japanese Navy before and during World War II, and was the strategist behind the successful December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Considered one of the most successful naval strategists and leaders in the history of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

 Japan Yes 1904 1989
Gold, Edgar

A German-born, Australian-Canadian lawyer, author, academic, and Master Mariner.

 Canada Yes 1934
Gower, Richard Hall

English mariner, empirical philosopher, nautical inventor, entrepreneur, and humanitarian.

 United Kingdom Yes 1768 1833
Halpin, Robert

Captained the Brunel-designed leviathan SS Great Eastern which laid transoceanic telegraph cables in the late 19th century.

 Ireland Yes 1836 1894
TameichiHara.jpg Hara, Tameichi

Imperial Japanese naval commander during the Pacific War and the author of the IJN manual on torpedo attack techniques, famous for his high skill (particularly in torpedo warfare and night fighting).

 Japan Yes 1900 1980
Hashimoto, Mochitsura

Commander of the Japanese submarine Japanese submarine I-58 which sank the USS Indianapolis on July 30, 1945, which was the single greatest disaster in US naval history.

 Japan Yes 1909 2000
Hazelwood, Joseph

Captain of the Exxon Valdez at the time of its 1989 oil spill.

 United States Yes 1946
Hirose Takeo.jpg Hirose, Takeo

An officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy. His selfless sacrifice during the Russo-Japanese War elevated him to the status of a deified national hero.

 Japan Yes 1868 1894
Piet de Jong in uniform.jpg Jong, Piet de

An officer in the Royal Netherlands Navy. A veteran submarine commander of World War II. De Jong graduated from the Royal Netherlands Naval College in 1934 and joined the Royal Netherlands Navy Submarine Service and served on HNLMS O 24 during World War II, he ended the war as the commanding officer of that vessel, the HNLMS O 24 was one of the few Dutch submarines that survived the war. During his service in World War II he was awarded the Bronze Cross twice, the first time in 1934 and for the second time in 1940. He was also awarded the Distinguished Service Cross of the United Kingdom for his services during Second World War. After World War II De Jong continued to serve in the Royal Netherlands Navy, commanding two frigates and serving as aide-de-camp to Queen Juliana. He eventually rose to the rank of Captain but retired from active service in 1959. Later served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from April 5, 1967 until July 6, 1971.

 Netherlands Yes 1915
1814 IsaacHull Polyanthos.png Hull, Isaac

A Commodore, in the United States Navy. During the mid-1790s, the young Hull commanded several merchant vessels, losing some to French privateers. He was commissioned a Lieutenant in the newly formed United States Navy in March 1798 and distinguished himself during the next two years while serving on board the frigate Constitution in the Quasi-War with France.

 United States Yes Yes 1773 1843
Commodore George Johnstone.jpg Johnstone, George

Began his career at sea in the Merchant Navy, then entered the Royal Navy in 1746. Shortly after his promotion to Lieutenant in 1755, Johnstone was court martialed for "insubordination and disobedience" however, his record of gallantry in combat taken into account, he was given a reprimand in 1757. He was promoted Captain in 1762, and Commodore in 1763. Later served as Member of Parliament.

 United Kingdom Yes Yes 1730 1787
Catesby ap Roger Jones.png Jones, Catesby ap Roger

An officer in the U.S. Navy who became a commander in the Confederate Navy during the American Civil War.

 United States Yes 1821 1887
Captain John Paul Jones, Continental Navy.jpg Jones, John Paul

A Scottish sailor and the United States' first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolution.

 United States Yes Yes 1747 1792
Jones, Thomas ap Catesby

U.S. Navy Commodore during the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. He began his naval career during the War of 1812, receiving honors for bravery at the Battle of Lake Borgne, Louisiana, delaying the British before the Battle of New Orleans. In 1826, he signed a treaty with King Kamehameha III of the Sandwich Islands.

 United States Yes 1790 1858
KaitsuKaishuWesternClothing.jpg Kaishū

Japanese naval officer and statesman during the Late Tokugawa shogunate and the Meiji period. Kaishū was a nickname which he took from a piece of calligraphy (Kaishū Shooku 海舟書屋) by Sakuma Shōzan. His actual name was Rintarō.

 Japan Yes 1823 1899
WilliamLeLacheur.jpg Le Lacheur, William

Guernsey Sea Captain widely credited in Costa Rica as having transformed the economy of this Central American country by establishing a direct regular trade route for Costa Rican coffee growers to the European market, thereby helping to establish the Costa Rican coffee trade.

 United Kingdom Yes 1802 1863
Ladd, William

An American anti-war activist. He was born in Exeter, New Hampshire. After graduating at Harvard in 1797 he took to the sea and came to be known as a capable New England captain. A disbeliever in war for any purpose, he turned landsman at the outbreak of the War of 1812 and devoted both his tongue and his pen to preaching non-resistance.

 United States Yes 1778 1841
JamesLawrenceATcommons.jpg Lawrence, James

An American naval hero. During the War of 1812, he commanded the USS Chesapeake in a single-ship action against the HMS Shannon (commanded by Philip Broke). He is probably best known today for his dying command "Don't give up the ship!", which is still a popular naval battle cry.

 United States Yes 1781 1813
Captain Thomas Macdonough, U.S.N..jpg Macdonough, Thomas

American naval officer, most notably as commander of American naval forces in Lake Champlain during the War of 1812. One of the leading members of "Preble's Boys", a small group of naval officers who served during the First Barbary War, Macdonough's actions during the decisive Battle of Lake Champlain are often cited as a model of tactical preparation and execution.

 United States Yes Yes 1783 1825
Magellan 1810 engraving.jpg Magellan, Ferdinand

A Portuguese maritime explorer who led the first circumnavigational expedition, and located the eponymous Strait of Magellan. He was also the first European to reach the Philippines.

 Portugal Yes 1480 1521
Maynard, Robert

Lieutenant in the British Royal Navy, captain of HMS Pearl, and is most famous for defeating the infamous pirate Blackbeard in battle.

 United Kingdom Yes
Mcclelland portrait.jpg McClelland, Thomas

A Captain in the United States Navy, notable for his command of Amphibious Squadron Five in the Gulf War.

 United States Yes 1942
McGiffen, Philo

Late 19th century American naval officer later serving in Chinese service as a naval advisor during the First Sino-Japanese War. Although primarily skilled as an instructor and administrator, he proved a talented tactician during the Battle of the Yalu as well as the first American to command a modern battleship in wartime.

 United States Yes 1860 1897
Minotauro, Raffaele

Unlimited Oceangoing Shipmaster Senior Grade. Worldwide, oceangoing navigator and Captain. Master aboard Italian governmental merchant fleet's ships. Italian Line's Senior Captain. Panama Canal Honorary Pilot. Geodetic curves inventor and experimenter.

 Italy Yes

1953

Mulzac, Hugh

First African American to command a vessel in the United States Merchant Marine.

 United States Yes 1886 1971
Murphy, Richard

New England fishing schooner captain, noted for surviving a series of close calls at sea.

 United States Yes 1838 1916
HoratioNelson1.jpg Nelson, Horatio

A British flag officer famous for his participation in the Napoleonic Wars. He served in the Royal Navy for most of his life and won a number of significant victories, most notably at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, during which he lost his life.

 United Kingdom Yes 1758 1805
Nelson, William "Bull"

U.S. Navy officer and later a Union general in the American Civil War who commanded the Army of Kentucky. He holds the distinction of being the only naval officer to achieve the rank of major general on either side of the Civil War. He was shot and killed by a fellow Union general, Jefferson C. Davis, during an argument in 1862.

 United States Yes 1824 1862
PeterdeNeumann-Vigilant.jpg de Neumann, Captain Bernard Peter

Awarded a George Medal for his actions during an air attack by the Luftwaffe; Charged and convicted of piracy after being captured aboard the RN Prize Criton by the Vichy French off Conakry; "The Man From Timbuctoo"; Instigator and overseer of the installation of the Thames Navigation Service.

 United Kingdom Yes Yes 1917 1972
Noonan, Fred

Born in Chicago, sailed in the Merchant Navy and Royal Navy, working his way up from ordinary seaman to quartermaster and bosun's mate, continuing on to merchant captain.a Later worked as a flight navigator, and was a pioneer of aviation. Was last seen in Lae, New Guinea on 2 July 1937 and disappeared with Amelia Earhart somewhere over the western Pacific during their World Flight.

 United States Yes Yes 1893 1937
Pardo, Luis

Captain of the Chilean steam tug Yelcho which rescued the 22 stranded crewmen of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance from Elephant Island, Antarctica, in August 1916.

 Chile Yes 1882 1935
Captain John Parker, Whaling Master (1800-1867).jpg John Parker (whaling master)

One of the most successful arctic whalers to sail from Hull in the nineteenth century and for many years captain of the whale ship Truelove. Captain Parker was one of those who helped in the unsuccessful search for Sir John Franklin's missing 1845 expedition to find the North West Passage. In 1847, shocked by the impoverished condition of the Inuit inhabitants of Baffin Island he brought two of them, Memiadluck and Uckaluk, to England in order to publicise their plight, raise money, enlist government support for their relief and to persuade the Moravian Church to send a missionary to the region.

 United Kingdom Yes 1800 1867
Pearson, Richard

British naval officer who was captain of the ship HMS Serapis during the American Revolution. He was defeated by John Paul Jones on September 23, 1779 in a pivotal battle.

 United Kingdom Yes 1731 1806
Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth by James Northcote.jpg Pellew, Edward

A British naval officer. He fought during the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary, and the Napoleonic Wars. Pellew is remembered as an officer and a gentleman of great courage and leadership, earning his land and titles through courage, leadership and skill – serving as a paradigm of the versatility and determination of Naval Officers during the Napoleonic Wars. Pellew makes fictional appearances in the Horatio Hornblower novels.

 United Kingdom Yes 1757 1833
Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry.jpg Perry, Matthew

Commodore of the U.S. Navy who compelled the opening of Japan to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854.

 United States Yes 1794 1858
Operry.jpg Perry, Oliver Hazard

Officer in the United States Navy. He served in the War of 1812 against Britain and earned the nickname "Hero of Lake Erie" for leading American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie.

 United States Yes 1785 1819
RichardPhillips.jpg Phillips, Richard

US merchant mariner, shipmaster and author, who served as captain aboard MV Maersk Alabama during its hijacking by Somali pirates in April 2009.

 United States Yes 1955
David Porter.jpg Porter, David

Officer in the United States Navy and later the commander-in-chief of the Mexican Navy.

 United States Yes 1780 1843
Prat01.jpg Prat, Arturo

Captain of the Esmeralda, Prat was killed shortly after boarding the Peruvian armored monitor Huáscar at the Naval Battle of Iquique.

 Chile Yes 1848 1879
Edward Preble.jpg Preble, Edward

Officer in the United States Navy and United States Merchant Marine, participated in the Revolutionary War, the Quasi-War with France, and the First Barbary War.

 United States Yes Yes 1761 1807
Reid, Samuel Chester

Officer in the United States Navy during the War of 1812. He served in Constellation with Commodore Thomas Truxtun and in 1803 became master of the brig Merchant. During the War of 1812 he commanded the privateer General Armstrong and at Fayal, Azores, in 1814 engaged gunboats from British men-of-war en route to Jamaica and New Orleans, Louisiana.

 United States Yes Yes 1783 1861
Rodgers, John (War of 1812)

American naval officer who served in the United States Navy from its organization in the 1790s through the late 1830s. His service included the Quasi-War with France and the War of 1812.

 United States Yes 1772 1838
John Rodgers.jpg Rodgers, John (Civil War)

Son of Commodore John Rodgers, was born near Havre de Grace, Maryland. He was received his appointment as a Midshipman in the Navy on 18 April 1828. Service in the Mediterranean on board Constellation and Concord opened his long career of distinguished service, and he commanded an expedition of Naval Infantry and Marines in Florida during the Seminole Wars. In the mid-1850s he succeeded Commander Ringgold in command of the North Pacific Exploring and Surveying Expedition, which added greatly to our knowledge of far eastern and northern waters. Following his promotion to Commander in 1855, he married and settled to work in the Navy's Japan Office in Washington, D.C., where he was serving when the Civil War broke out.

 United States Yes 1812 1882
Molly brown rescue award titanic.jpg Rostron, Arthur

Captain for the Cunard Line and was the master of the ocean liner RMS Carpathia when it rescued the survivors of the RMS Titanic which sank on April 15, 1912 after striking an iceberg.

As the result of his efforts to reach the Titanic before it sank, and his preparations for and conduct of the rescue of the survivors, Captain Rostron was lionized as a hero. He was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the U.S. Congress, and after World War I was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He was made the Commodore of the Cunard fleet before retiring in 1931.

 United Kingdom Yes 1869 1940
Sakuma, Tsutomi

Japanese naval officer who served during the Russo-Japanese War and one of the first submarine commanders of the Imperial Japanese Navy, known primarily as the commanding officer during the sinking of the No. 6 submarine.

 Japan Yes 1879 1910
Seyburn, Isaac D.

Welsh-American merchant captain who served as an officer in the United States Navy during the Civil War, with the rank of Acting Master. He was wounded in action during the 1861 Battle of Port Royal. During 1863 he commanded the schooner USS Kittatinny as part of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron under Rear Admiral David Farragut. Seyburn resigned his commission in 1864 due to war injuries and initially settled in Maine. He later moved to Louisiana, where he operated a sugar plantation.

 United States Yes Yes 1824 1895
EdwardHobartSeymour.jpg Seymour, Edward Hobart

British Admiral of the Fleet. Served in the Black Sea until the evacuation of Crimea in 1856. After the Crimean War, still a midshipman, he was appointed to the HMS Calcutta, flagship of his uncle Sir Michael Seymour, on the China station. He took part in the capture of Canton (December 1857). In HMS Chesapeake Seymour took part in the attack on the Taku forts in September 1860.

In December 1897, Seymour was appointed commander-in-chief on the China station. Service there was peaceful until the Boxer Rebellion. Seymour led the Naval Brigade in the relief of Peking.

 United Kingdom Yes 1840 1929
Shchetinina, Anna

Soviet merchant marine captain, often said to be the first woman captain of an ocean-going ship

 Soviet Union Yes No 1908 1999
EJ Smith.jpg Smith, Edward

Captain of the RMS Titanic when it sank in 1912. Joined the White Star Shipping Line in March 1880 as the Fourth Officer of the Celtic. He served aboard the company's liners to Australia and to New York, where he quickly rose in stature. In 1887, Smith received his first White Star command, the SS Republic. In 1888, Smith earned his Extra Master's Certificate and joined the Royal Naval Reserve (thus enabling him to append his name with "RNR"), qualifying as a full Lieutenant. This meant that in a time of war, Smith and his ship could be called upon to serve by the Royal Navy. Because of his position as a Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve Smith had the distinction of being able to fly the Blue Duster of the R.N.R., most ships flew the Red Duster of the merchant marine.

 United Kingdom Yes Yes 1850 1912
Robert F. Stockton.jpg Stockton, Robert Field

United States naval officer, notable in the capture of California during the Mexican-American War. Stockton was from a notable political family and also served as a U.S. Senator from New Jersey.

 United States Yes 1795 1866
Surcouf, Robert

Captain, ship owner and corsair from St. Malo. Notable as French corsair during the Napoleonic Wars.

 France Yes Yes 1773 1823
Thomas, William Bevil

Prominent Newfoundland merchant, land developer and sea captain

 Canada Yes 1757 ????
Thomas Truxtun.jpg Truxton, Thomas

American naval officer who rose to the rank of commodore. Truxtun had little formal education before joining the crew of the British merchant ship Pitt at the age of twelve. However, by the time he was twenty his talents had garnered him the command of his own vessel, the Andrew Caldwell. He operated as a privateer during the American Revolution, commanding several ships: Congress, Independence, Mars and St. James. Truxtun was highly successful in capturing enemy ships during this period, not once suffering a defeat.

After the war, he returned to the merchant marine, where he remained for twelve years, and in 1786 commanded one of the first American ships to engage in trade with China, the Canton operating from Philadelphia.

 United States Yes Yes 1755 1822
Angus Walters

A fishing schooner captain out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. He was a highliner fishign captain and most famous as captain of the schooner Bluenose, winning multiple races for the International Fisherman's Trophy.

 Canada Yes 1881 1968
Welch, Martin

A fishing schooner captain out of Gloucester, Massachusetts. He was captain of the Schooner Esperanto in 1920 when it defeated the Canadian Schooner Delawana in the first International Fishing Schooner Championship Races in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 Canada Yes 1864 1935
Charles-Wilkes.jpg Wilkes, Charles

American naval officer and explorer. He is particularly noted for his 1838–1842 Pacific expedition as well as for his role in the Trent Affair during the Civil War.

 United States Yes 1798 1877
Winslow, Perry

Captain of the whaling vessel the Phoenix and the Edward Cary.

 United States Yes 1815 1890
Woodget, Richard

English sea captain, most famously known as the master of the famous sailing clipper Cutty Sark during her most successful period of service in the wool trade between Australia and the United Kingdom.

 United Kingdom Yes 1845 1928
John m whitall.jpg Whitall, John M.

Prominent sea captain, businessman and philanthropist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania involved in the spice and silk trade, glass-making, and missionary work.

 United States Yes 1800 1877
Zheng He

Chinese mariner, explorer, diplomat and fleet admiral, who made the voyages collectively referred to as the travels of "Eunuch Sanbao to the Western Ocean" (Chinese: 三保太監下西洋) or "Zheng He to the Western Ocean", from 1405 to 1433.

China Yes. 1371 1433

John Sea Captain Brown" Sea Captain known for his romance with Rosalind Brody, nicknamed 'the whale of the sea' by all who knew her.

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  • Captain John Drudge (17??-1842) 'The Pearl' Captured and killed the pirate Nicholas Brown 1726.
  • Rajandra 1, is the Pioneer In Sailing : In 1007 AD Rajaraja in an inscription in south Mysore, mentions his victory over 1200 ancient islands (Maldive Islands). It was during his reign that trade in the East intensified in countries in the Bay of Bengal, Sumatra. Malaya etc. The expansion of the trade in the East was carried out by his son Rajendra 1,who had taken many ancient islands. These lands taken over had colonies of Tamil soldiers stationed for protection of their trade. An important source of pepper was the ' pepper island' (Pulau Lada ),of Langkawi where the Cholas capitalised in the trade of spices.
  • Tamils or the first sailors beforthe west: The Tamils and their Trade Exploits

Far from the distant past, long before the sea-route was discovered by the western mariner, the carriage of goods for trade between East and West was by long hazardous desert and mountain routes which is popularly referred to as the 'Silk Route'.

The Silk Route - First Century AD

This overland journey entailed confrontation with roaming bandits who were adept in the art of ambushing the passage of caravans specially through Central Asia. Although there was an element of risk the caravans moved freight with armed escorts. As a result of this, the cost of merchandise began to rise no sooner it reached its destination.

Long before the 'Silk Route' was used, the enterprising Dravidian merchants were sailing around the Indian coast and to the Persian Gulf as early as 3500 BC. The Dravidians of Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa had their harbour in the bay of Cambay and disposed of their merchandise in Mesopotamia. The merchandise in turn was carried in caravans overland to the port of Tyre and thence to Egypt. After the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great, the port of Alexandria became the entrepot of the ancient western world. It was in the Gulf of Aden that the Egyptian, Greek, Arab, Indian etc., met to exchange their merchandise.

According to Srinivasa Iyengar he states that,

' Indian teak was found in the ruins of Ur (Mugheir), which was the capital of Sumeria in 4000 BC and the SINDHU or muslin is mentioned in an ancient Babylonian list of clothing. The occurrence of ' s' in the word proves that this muslin did not go to Mesopotamia via Persia, for then 's' would have become 'h' in Persian months, as the name of this country, derived from the name of the river Sind, became Hind. I therefore conclude that muslin went direct by sea from the Tamil coast to the Persian coast and the Babylonian word Sindhu for muslin is not derived the river (as supposed so), but from the old Dravidian word, SINDI, which is still found in Tulu and Canares, and means a piece of cloth' and is represented by the Tamil word SINDU, a flag'. (ZHT,pp 39 & 39).

There is some evidence that the trade of south India extended to Egypt in the 3rd millennium BC. W.H. Schoff says, thousands of years before the emergence of the Greeks from savagery Egypt and the nations of Ancient India came into being, and a commercial system was developed for the interchange of products within those limits, having its centre of exchange near the head of the Persian Gulf. The people of that region, the various Arab tribes and more specially those ancestors of the Phoenicians, the mysterious Red Men, were active carriers or intermediaries.

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