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Captain Shorey

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, December 18, 2014
1. Captain Shorey Marker
Inscription. Born in Barbados, West Indies in 1859, Captain William Thomas Shorey served as the only black captain on the Pacific Coast during the rise of San Francisco as America's principal whaling port. Captain Shorey, known as "Black Ahab" by his crew, took his wife and daughter whaling on the Gayhead, upon which Mrs. Shorey remarked of their 4-year-old daughter: "Victoria is a remarkable sailor, she knows all the ropes and has perfect command of her father."

Did you know...
On "Bloody Thursday", July 5, 1934, more than 1,000 striking maritime workers and longshoremen clashed with police along The Embarcadero. Two workers died when police fired shots into the crowd at Steuart Street. This led to the San Francisco General Strike, which shut down the City for four days. Ultimately, maritime unions were recognized and wages and working conditions improved dramatically.
 
Erected 2013 by Port of San Francisco.
 
Location. 37° 47.46′ N, 122° 23.39′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of The Embarcadero and Folsom Street, on the right when traveling west on The Embarcadero. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 327 The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Captain Shorey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 18, 2014
2. Captain Shorey Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Folsom Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 20,000 Years Ago (within shouting distance of this marker); Fast Tides, Frisky Winds & Wet Sails (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fireboats on the Bay (about 400 feet away); Hills Brothers Coffee (about 600 feet away); Howard Street (about 600 feet away); Harrison Street (about 700 feet away); The Big Strike (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Rincon Park.
 
Also see . . .  Shorey, William Thomas (1859-1919) -- Black Past. Shorey was a skilled captain, known for his ability to bring both ship and crew back safely from long voyages to dangerous Pacific and Arctic whaling grounds. His crews included men from the United States, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Pacific Islands, and vessels under his command were known to be “happy ships.” Gradually petroleum and other products replaced those made from whales and Captain Shorey retired from the sea in 1908 at the age of 49. (Submitted on March 3, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansLabor Unions
 
Captain Shorey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 18, 2014
3. Captain Shorey Marker
Captain William Thomas Shorey and Family image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
4. Captain William Thomas Shorey and Family
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 3, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 209 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 3, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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