List of famous sailors have been instrumental in discovering new places and in development of trade and commerce in the world.

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.

Marcus LuttrellMarcus Luttrell
American

John de LancieJohn de Lancie
American
William KiddWilliam Kidd
British, Scottish

Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and SomersetHenry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset
British

Fletcher ChristianFletcher Christian
British

Matthew Fontaine MauryMatthew Fontaine Maury
American
Edward BoscawenEdward Boscawen
British
David HedisonDavid Hedison
American

Carl BrashearCarl Brashear
American

Donald CrowhurstDonald Crowhurst
Indian

Paul Le MatPaul Le Mat
American
Paul WatsonPaul Watson
Canadian

Ben AinslieBen Ainslie
British
Ellen MacArthurEllen MacArthur
British

David HackworthDavid Hackworth
American

Laura DekkerLaura Dekker
German, New Zealander
Frederick FleetFrederick Fleet
British

Jessica WatsonJessica Watson
Australian, New Zealander
William DampierWilliam Dampier
British

Jan JanszoonJan Janszoon
Moroccan

Harry Carey, Jr.Harry Carey, Jr.
American
Joshua SlocumJoshua Slocum
Canadian
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Harold LoweHarold Lowe
British
Brendan HughesBrendan Hughes
Northern Irish

Jack WardJack Ward
British

Stephen GirardStephen Girard
French, American

James LawrenceJames Lawrence
American
Henry Tingle WildeHenry Tingle Wilde
British

Arthur RostronArthur Rostron
British

Martin FrobisherMartin Frobisher
British

Michael DillonMichael Dillon
British

Robin Knox-JohnstonRobin Knox-Johnston
British
David Dixon PorterDavid Dixon Porter
American

Christopher NewportChristopher Newport
British
Poon LimPoon Lim
Chinese, American

Jacques RoggeJacques Rogge
Belgian

Bernard MoitessierBernard Moitessier
French
Willem BarentszWillem Barentsz
Dutch

Nathaniel BowditchNathaniel Bowditch
American
Robert F. StocktonRobert F. Stockton
American

Nicholas MonsarratNicholas Monsarrat
British

Rockwell KentRockwell Kent
American

Adolphus GreelyAdolphus Greely
American

Richard GrenvilleRichard Grenville
British
Frederick Townsend WardFrederick Townsend Ward
American

Piet Pieterszoon HeinPiet Pieterszoon Hein
Dutch

Stepan MakarovStepan Makarov
Ukrainian, Russian

Robert SurcoufRobert Surcouf
French
Bruce Fraser, 1st Baron Fraser of North CapeBruce Fraser, 1st Baron Fraser of North Cape
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Robert MosbacherRobert Mosbacher
American

Dirk HartogDirk Hartog
Dutch

Harry BridgesHarry Bridges
Australian, American

Franklin BuchananFranklin Buchanan
American
John ByronJohn Byron
British

Richard HawkinsRichard Hawkins
British
Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de BienvilleJean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
Canadian, French

Edward Hawke, 1st Baron HawkeEdward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke
British

Thomas CavendishThomas Cavendish
British
James LancasterJames Lancaster
British

Russell CouttsRussell Coutts
New Zealander
Katsu KaishūKatsu Kaishū
Japanese

Juan de la CosaJuan de la Cosa
Spanish

Thomas SopwithThomas Sopwith
British
Jordan WeismanJordan Weisman
American

Harry MartinsonHarry Martinson
Swedish
Martín Alonso PinzónMartín Alonso Pinzón
Spanish

Éric TabarlyÉric Tabarly
French

Edward John TrelawnyEdward John Trelawny
British

Helge IngstadHelge Ingstad
Norwegian
Pierre André de SuffrenPierre André de Suffren
French

Adam Johann von KrusensternAdam Johann von Krusenstern
Estonian

William Iron ArmWilliam Iron Arm
French

William T. SampsonWilliam T. Sampson
American

Samuel ArgallSamuel Argall
British
Sergei PremininSergei Preminin
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Watkin TenchWatkin Tench
British
Florence ArthaudFlorence Arthaud
French

Felix de WeldonFelix de Weldon
Austrian, American

Robert McClureRobert McClure
Irish, British
William FitzWilliam, 1st Earl of SouthamptonWilliam FitzWilliam, 1st Earl of Southampton
British

Ben LexcenBen Lexcen
Australian
James WeddellJames Weddell
British

Lane KirklandLane Kirkland
American
Eugene Robert BlackEugene Robert Black
South Georgia

Henry KelseyHenry Kelsey
Canadian, British

Edward BransfieldEdward Bransfield
Irish
Tobias FurneauxTobias Furneaux
British

Richard ChancellorRichard Chancellor
British
Nilus of SinaiNilus of Sinai
Turkish