19th Century Photos
African-American Whaling Captain and Entrepreneur. Known affectionately as the "Black Ahab," William Thomas Shorey was born on the island of Barbados in the British West Indies, and was attracted to the sea early in his life. He was the son of a Scottish sugar planter and a West Indian woman of mixed African and European ancestry.
Capt. William T. Shorey
San Francisco, Calif. - Chy Lung & Co.'s store, Sacramento St