14 February 2012

Captain Shorey and his family

Portrait of Captain William T. Shorey and family, Oakland, CA 1898

William T. Shorey (1859 – 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.
From the Flickr Photostream of Black History Album, where there are many more black heritage photos.  Via sloth unleashed.


  1. His wife looks EXACTLY like one of my coworkers.This isn't the first time I've looked at very old photographs or daguerrotypes and recognized (or half-recognized) people's faces... It's quite eerie sometimes.

  2. Nice sepia. They all look awesome.


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