Sailors

Sailors have been instrumental in discovering new places and in development of trade and commerce in the world. Know more about famous sailors who played a key role in shaping human history.
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 1 Francis Drake

Francis Drake.
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Famous As: Navigator
Birthdate: 1540 AD
Birthplace: Tavistock, Devon, England
Died: January 27, 1596

Francis Drake was an English explorer and naval officer. He is remembered for his Raiding Expedition, a prominent historical maritime event which unfolded between 1577 and 1580. Although Drake is considered a hero in the United Kingdom, his privateering led the Spanish to refer to him as a pirate. His expedition has also had a major cultural impact in Britain.

 2 Carroll O’Connor

Carroll O’Connor.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 21, 2001

Carroll O'Connor was an American actor, director, and producer. In a TV career that spanned 40 years, O'Connor popularized several fictional characters, including Archie Bunker from the sitcom All in the Family, for which he received four Emmy Awards. In 1996, he was ranked 38th on the 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list published by TV Guide.

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 3 Edward Smith

Edward Smith.
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Famous As: Naval officer
Birthdate: January 27, 1850
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England
Died: April 15, 1912

 4 William Kidd

William Kidd.
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1655 AD
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland
Died: May 23, 1701
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 5 Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset

Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 15, 1519
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blackmore, England
Died: July 22, 1536

Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, was the son of Henry VIII and his mistress Elizabeth Blount. Henry FitzRoy was the only illegitimate child acknowledged by King Henry VIII of England. In spite of being an illegitimate child, Henry FitzRoy was made Duke of Richmond and Somerset. He was later made Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. 

 6 John de Lancie

John de Lancie
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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 7 Sterling Hayden

Sterling Hayden.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Upper Montclair, Montclair, New Jersey
Died: May 23, 1986

Sterling Hayden mostly appeared in Westerns and film noir of the 1950s. He had also served in World War II. He gained fame with Stanley Kubrick's The Killing and Dr. Strangelove. He was also a sailor and once sailed to Tahiti to shoot a film that eventually remained unfinished.

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 8 John Newton

John Newton.
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Famous As: British Sailor and Anglican Clergyman
Birthdate: July 24, 1725
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wapping, London
Died: December 21, 1807

John Newton was an English Anglican cleric. As a young man, he was forcefully recruited into the navy and worked on slave ships in the slave trade for several years. He later converted to Christianity, following which he denounced slavery and became an abolitionist. He was then ordained as a Church of England cleric. 

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 9 Donald Crowhurst

Donald Crowhurst
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: 1932 AD
Birthplace: Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
Died: June 30, 1969

 10 Carl Brashear

Carl Brashear
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: January 19, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tonieville, Kentucky, United States
Died: July 25, 2006
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 11 Felipe VI of Spain

Felipe VI of Spain.
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Famous As: King of Spain
Birthdate: January 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Felipe VI of Spain is the current King of Spain, reigning since 2014. He ascended the throne upon the abdication of his father, Juan Carlos I. His mother is Queen Sofía. As the king, he is head of state and commander-in-chief of the Spanish Armed Forces as well. He also serves as the honorary president of several associations and foundations. 

 12 Fletcher Christian

Fletcher Christian
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Famous As: Seaman
Birthdate: September 25, 1764
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: near Cockermouth, England
Died: September 20, 1793
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 13 Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson

Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Norway

 14 William Adams

William Adams.
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Famous As: First ever Western Samurai
Birthdate: September 24, 1564
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gillingham, England
Died: May 16, 1620

 15 Carl Emil Pettersson

Carl Emil Pettersson
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: October 23, 1875
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: May 12, 1937

 16 William McMaster Murdoch

William McMaster Murdoch.
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Famous As: First Officer of RMS Titanic
Birthdate: February 28, 1873
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalbeattie, Scotland
Died: April 15, 1912

Scottish sailor William McMaster Murdoch was the First Officer on the RMS Titanic. The officer in charge on the bridge when the ship collided with an iceberg, he was one of the more than 1,500 casualties when the ship sank. He died under mysterious circumstances, and it is rumored that he died by suicide shortly after the collision. 

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 17 Grace O'Malley

Grace O'Malley
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1530 AD
Birthplace: Umhaill, Ireland
Died: June 18, 1603

 18 Harry Carey Jr.

Harry Carey Jr.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 16, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saugus, Santa Clarita, California Saugus, Santa Clarita, California Santa Clarita, California, United States
Died: December 27, 2012
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 19 Paul Watson

Paul Watson
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Famous As: Sailor, Environmentalist, Admiral
Birthdate: December 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto

 20 Paul Le Mat

Paul Le Mat
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rahway, New Jersey, USA
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 21 Poon Lim

Poon Lim
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: March 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hainan
Died: January 4, 1991

 22 Pierre Casiraghi

Pierre Casiraghi
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Famous As: Racing driver, Sailor
Birthdate: September 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: La Colle, Monaco
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 23 Ellen MacArthur

Ellen MacArthur
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: July 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Whatstandwell, England

 24 Laura Dekker

Laura Dekker
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: September 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Whangarei
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 25 Frederick Fleet

Frederick Fleet
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: October 15, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: January 10, 1965

 26 Jack Phillips

Jack Phillips
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Famous As: radiotelegraphist
Birthdate: April 11, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Godalming
Died: April 15, 1912
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 27 Ben Ainslie

Ben Ainslie
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Famous As: Yachtmaster
Birthdate: February 5, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Macclesfield

 28 Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 5, 2020
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 29 David Hackworth

David Hackworth
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ocean Park, California, U.S. (now Santa Monica, California Santa Monica, California, U.S.)
Died: May 4, 2005

 30 David Hedison

David Hedison
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
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 31 Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: May 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia

Order of Australia Medal-winning Jessica Watson made headlines with her solo attempt of circumnavigating the world, though it fell short of the official criteria. The Australian sailor and explorer had grown up in a cabin cruiser and double-decker bus. She has recounted her experience in a documentary and a book.

 32 Matthew Fontaine Maury

Matthew Fontaine Maury
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: January 14, 1806
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Spotsylvania County, Virginia, United States
Died: February 1, 1873

American astronomer, naval officer, oceanographer and author Matthew Fontaine Maury, who first served the United States Navy and then the Confederacy States Navy, made significant contributions in oceanography. His book Physical Geography of the Sea is counted among the first comprehensive books on oceanography. Navies and merchant marines across the world adopted his uniform system of recording oceanographic data.

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 33 Robert Surcouf

Robert Surcouf
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Famous As: Privateer, Writer, Shipowner, Slave trader
Birthdate: December 12, 1773
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Malo
Died: July 8, 1827

 34 Christopher Gadsden

Christopher Gadsden
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 16, 1724
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 28, 1805

 35 Martin Frobisher

Martin Frobisher
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: 1535 AD
Birthplace: Altofts, England
Died: November 21, 1594

 36 Tracy Edwards

Tracy Edwards
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: September 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pangbourne, United Kingdom

 37 Jack Ward

Jack Ward
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Famous As: Privateer
Birthdate: 1553 AD
Birthplace: Faversham
Died: 1622 AD

 38 Stephen Girard

Stephen Girard
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Famous As: Sailor, Entrepreneur, Banker
Birthdate: May 20, 1750
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bordeaux
Died: December 26, 1831

 39 Joshua Slocum

Joshua Slocum
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Famous As: Seaman
Birthdate: February 20, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mount Hanley, Canada
Died: November 14, 1909

 40 Robin Knox-Johnston

Robin Knox-Johnston
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: March 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Putney, London, England

 41 William Dampier

William Dampier
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: September 5, 1651
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: East Coker, Somerset, England
Died: February 29, 2017

 42 Michael Dillon

Michael Dillon
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: England
Died: May 15, 1962

Born Laura Dillon, a girl, in Britain, Michael Dillon later became the first trans man to undergo a female-to-male sex-change operation by phalloplasty. A qualified doctor, he also served as a naval surgeon, penned books such as Self: A Study in Ethics and Endocrinology, and later deviated to Buddhism.

 43 Harold Lowe

Harold Lowe
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: November 21, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Llanrhos
Died: May 12, 1944

 44 Dirk Hartog

Dirk Hartog
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Famous As: explorer
Birthdate: October 30, 1580
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amsterdam
Died: October 11, 1621

 45 Christopher Newport

Christopher Newport
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Famous As: explorer
Birthdate: November 30, 1561
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Limehouse
Died: 1617 AD

 46 Joe Gold

Joe Gold
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Famous As: Bodybuilder, Businessman
Birthdate: March 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 11, 2004

 47 Henry Percy, 1st earl of Northumberland

Henry Percy, 1st earl of Northumberland
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Famous As: Admirals
Birthdate: November 10, 1341
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Northumberland, England
Died: February 20, 1408

 48 Jan Janszoon

Jan Janszoon
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1570 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem
Died: 1641 AD

 49 Pip Hare

Pip Hare
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Famous As: Sailor
Birthdate: February 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England

 50 George Pollard, Jr.

George Pollard, Jr.
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Birthdate: 1791 AD
Birthplace: Nantucket
Died: 1882 AD
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