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] He was the captain of more voyages around Cape Horn than anyone else.

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. His son married Mary O. Kennedy(of California) and he died in San Francisco in 1883. He did have a grandson, also named Edwin Warren Holmes that was born around 1882.[3] There are no other known descendants.


  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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