William T. Shorey
|William T. Shorey|
July 13, 1859|
Barbados, West Indies
|Died||April 15, 1919
|Spouse(s)||Julia Ann Shelton|
|Children||Zenobia Pearl Shorey, Victoria Grace Shorey, William T. Shorey Jr|
William T. Shorey (July 13, 1859 – April 15, 1919) 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.
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